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  1. #1
    Senior Member Dieter's Avatar
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    Down to two - which one?

    My first time buying a MTB, have been riding a race bike for a while though. If I was to guess I would say my riding will look something like:

    Paved roads: 35%
    Compact dirt roads: 55%
    Loose gravel, paths etc: 10%

    I was set on buying a bike with disc brakes, but if i am honest with myself I am not really sure I need one... Assuming I will be just fine without I have arrived at the options below:

    Option 1
    Frame: Wilier Oropuro DB alloy with carbon rear stays
    Fork: Rockshox Tora Soloair Poplock
    Rear shifter.: XTR RDM970
    Front shifter: LX FDM581
    Shifters: XTR STM961 V brake
    Crank: Shimano LX 580
    Brakes: XTR BR-M960
    Cassette: LX HG80 9v 11-32
    Chain: Shimano HG93
    Wheels: Mavic Crosstrail V-brake
    Tires: Ritchey Elevader Comp
    Steering: Ritchey Comp OS 31.8
    Sadle: Ritchey Logic with Italia C2
    Weight: ~11 kg
    Price: $1.780

    Option 2:
    Frame: Merida Matts HFS
    Fork: Rock Shox Recon 351 Air Poplock
    Rear shifter: Sram X9
    Front shifter: Sram X7
    Shifters: Sram X9 Trigger,
    Crank: Truvative Stylo 3.2 44-32-22
    Brakes: Avid Single Digit 7
    Wheels: ALEX VETRAX T5
    Tires: Maxxlite 310 1.95 KV
    Weight: 10,2 kg
    Price: $1980

    Ohh, and I should mention that I live in Norway. Sales tax is insane, no need to provide me with better alternatives :-) I would just like a comparison of the bikes above.

    Thank you!

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    Official Website Waterboy born2bahick's Avatar
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    I'm a big Sram fan, but this time I have to say the components on the first bike are better. I've ran the XTR V brakes and they are awesome. I switched back to the Avids SD7's because they are lighter but they don't have the feel or the bling factor or the ease of adjustment of the XTR's

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    i agree, the first looks like the best deal. there's lots of LX/XT/XTR stuff on there, which are all nice components.
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