Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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I bought an 05 Rockhopper and love it. Over time I replaced the Deore rear derailer and the Alivio front derailer with ebay purchased LX. Total cost $20. I replaced the Alivio shifters with used XT, total cost $26. I replaced the Tektro V brakes with used XT, total cost including new pads $29.
Like other have said, buy the frame you want. Replace parts yourself. Find someone with LX or XT that's upgrading and buy their used, but good condition parts. Then you'll have the bike you want with the drive train you want at a bargain price.
EDIT: I replaced those parts because I like XT and LX bling, not because the original parts were not operating properly, with one exception. The Alivio front derailer had to be replaced as it consistently threw the chain (chain suck) when down shifting. No problems with the LX.
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