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    help me decide between these two

    Hey Folks,

    I'm a long-time roadie looking to make the jump to MTB. Right now I'm just looking for a good value hardtail around $500. I'm eyeing these two:

    http://bikesdirect.com/products/wind..._cliff4900.htm
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...om_trail08.htm

    Please save any anti-bikesdirect comments, I'm a happy road customer. Here's my real question: how much does that extra $160 between the first and second bike get me? The components look very similar to me. Is the pricier one much lighter?

    thanks!
    jooaa

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    1st bike:
    Hubs Gravity Disc Aluminum (black finish) 36 spoke

    2nd bike:
    Hubs Gravity Disc Sealed Bearings with Quick Release

    Are the hubs on the first one not sealed? Or are they the same part, just described differently?

    thanks

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    I have slightly lesser components and they work brilliantly from my very limited experience (I'm a MTB noob with road experience too).

    If you're new to MTBs, I would at least find some bikes with similar geometry to test ride and be sure of the size. I bought a bike a bit smaller than I would have, if I had taken advice from bikes direct. Ride a bunch of brands and setups. I ended up getting something I had not even considered initally after a lot of test rides.

    I've seen positive reviews of these around too, as far as online brands go. the guy who moderates this forum seems to not like the Motobecane frames, although I've not seen specifics as to why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesdirect.com
    SUPERLIGHT WEIGHT
    STILL a sweet 26.5-28.5 pounds...


    This bike is truly versatile. Put slicks on this baby and give those roadies a good scare as this within a few pounds of most $800-900 road bikes out there.


    Ya?
    '06 Stumpjumper HT

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