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    Another entry level vs. thread!!

    Hey guys!

    I'm sick of messing with my cruddy 06 Diamondback Sorrento, so I figured I'm gonna snag up a new bike this weekend, and I found a few I like, and wanted to get some opinions from you.

    Basically there's two sets of bikes in dif price ranges I saw.

    First was the 08 Diamondback Response Sport : http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...port&Type=bike

    vs.

    08 Iron Horse Warrior 1.3 which is hard to find specs online for, but it seemed like all low end components, but was a good price.

    Now, I am also considering the 500-600 price range, and I found these two.

    07 Diamondback Response Comp : http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Comp&Type=bike

    vs.

    08 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc : http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...2937&Type=bike

    Is it worth it to get the 500-600 dollar range bike for weekend trail riding? I'm not that skilled, but I do have fun goin down steep hills and rough ass terrain.

    Obviously, the guy at Trek told me the Gary Fisher is way better than the Diamondback, and the guy at Dick's (actual mtb rider/tech) told me for the money the Diamondback is better....

    Any thoughts or opinions?

    Thanks!!

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    1000% Gary Fisher

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    If you have the money, I'd pay the extra. If it was going to be like...a campus commuter or something, I'd say it wouldn't matter, but since you're going to be doing actual trail riding, if you have the money, go for it. You hear "I wish my bike was nicer" all the time...but how often do you really hear "I wish I bought a cheaper bike."

    The DB has a nicer kit. You get 9 speeds as opposed to 8, nicer derailleur, etc. I think Fisher frames are pretty nice though (DB's may also be nice...I just don't have any experience with them). However, it's probably worth trying them out and playing with them. The geometry is going to feel a lot different. First of all, Fishers have Genesis geometry, which stretches out the wheelbase and puts you in a more aggressive position. The DB has a 120mm fork (the Fisher has a 100mm). That should slacken the geometry and put you more upright. I have a feeling the bikes are going to feel fairly different...see what fits you better.

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    Because you already have a bike, I would not buy another low end bike. Stay with what you have til you have the money to buy what you really want. I like the component group on the D-back Response Comp, especially the shock and the brakes. I believe the Marzocchi has oil bath rebound damping and the Dart doesn't. That's a big deal to me, but that's me. BUT, I'm not sure I would want another bike from Dick's after your first experience. If I buy a new bike, I want an experienced bike mechanic to put it together, like the guy that sells the Gary Fisher.
    Since you're in the $600 range, why not look at a Specialized Rock Hopper also.
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    Thanks for the responses guys. I'm still leaning toward the Diamondback I think, but I'm gonna run up and check both of them out again today and then make my decision. Like rocco said, the front shock on the DBack seems way better than the Dart1, and I like the idea of having the 9 speed rear cassette. Luckily, my good buddy is pretty knowledgable about some of this stuff and he has a Specialized, he's a mechanic and should be able to help me out making sure the DBack is set up good etc.

    I'll let yall know what I end up with!

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    So I went and checked them both out again, and I ended up going with the Fisher. It just feels better overall. The DBack at Dick's had alot of scratches/chips, was crazy dusty, and didn't feel all that sturdy. And then when I asked a few ?s of the kid working about the frame, his response was well you can always just swap out the frame, I kinda shook my head and headed towards the Trek store. The Gary Fisher feels super sturdy, rides like a champ. There are a few things I think I would like to upgrade in the future like the brakes and the levers, but for now it did its job. Took it out yesterday evening and did some decent singletrack with some awesome downhils thrown in, and it worked great.

    Thanks again for your guys' responses!

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