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    Opinions wanted...Specialized Rockhopper Comp vs Raleigh Ram 2.0

    Looking for recomendations between these two bikes. Local LBS has both bikes for the same price...which would you choose?

    The Rockhopper is lighter and has an LX rear derailleur but it's a hard tail and has no disk brakes. The Ram has only Deore components and the rear shock looks cheap but it has disks and is a full suspension.

    I've been riding for many years and do mainly XC riding. I don't have much $ to spend and it needs to last a long time. These are my only two options since I've already paid for the bike but have the option to change to either one.

    Raleigh Ram 2.0
    http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...temid=150&va=0

    Sizes 16", 18", 20"
    Colors Dk Silver/Black
    Frame 6061 Atomic 13 Aluminum RAM w/ Coil Rear Shock
    Fork RockShox Judy TT, 100mm Travel
    Headset WTB Zero Stack
    Crankset Shimano M440 22/32/44t
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur Shimano Deore
    R. Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Shift Lever Shimano Deore
    Cog Set Shimano Cassette 11/32t 9spd
    Chain SRAM PC-49
    Hubset Alloy Disc
    Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
    Rims Alex DM-18 Double Wall 32h
    Tires WTB Motoraptor 2.4
    Brakes Tektro IO Mech Disc
    Brake Levers Tektro Alloy Adjustable
    Pedals ATB Mtn Platform
    Handlebar Alloy 30mm Rise
    Grips WTB Grip
    Stem Alloy OS Threadless 15° 4-Bolt
    Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2 x 350mm
    Saddle WTB Speed V
    Extras Water Bottle Mounts, CatEye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner’s Manual
    Weight 34.5 lbs.


    Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...3k95wmp.j27007

    FRAME A1 Premium Aluminum, double butted front triangle with 3D box gusset, reinforced disc mount, externally machined HT, forged alloy drop outs with eyelets and replaceable derailleur hanger
    FORK Manitou Axel Elite, 13" & 15" frame - 80mm travel, 17-23" frames - 100mm travel, mag lowers, coil/MCU spring, adjustable rebound damping and preload, disc only, Cr-Mo steerer
    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, black steel cups, loose ball bearings with seals
    STEM Alloy 10 degree rise, TIG welded, black
    HANDLEBARS Alloy, 38mm rise, 9 degree sweep
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized Durango double density Kraton
    FRONT BRAKE Shimano M-420 linear pull
    REAR BRAKE Shimano M-420 linear pull
    BRAKE LEVERS Shimano M-420 linear pull
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano M-510 Deore, 34.9mm clamp, bottom pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano M-570 LX
    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano M-510 Deore
    CASSETTE Shimano HG-50, 9-speed, 11x34t
    CHAIN Shimano HG-53
    CRANKSET Truvativ 5-D, forged alloy, capless bolts
    CHAINRINGS 44t AL-7075 x 32t heat-treated Cr-Mo x 22t heat-treated Cr-Mo, replaceable
    BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ, 68x113mm, square taper, sealed cartridge bearing w/ double crank stops
    PEDALS Alloy body, alloy cage, toe clips and straps
    RIMS Mavic XM-117 disc, 26", black
    FRONT HUB Joy-Tech, 32 hole, ground race double sealed loose ball with alloy QR
    REAR HUB Joy-Tech, freehub, 32 hole, ground race double sealed loose ball w/ alloy QR
    SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) black stainless, brass nipples, L264/R264mm front, L263/R262mm rear
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Roll X 26 x 2.0", wire bead
    REAR TIRE Specialized Roll X 26 x 2.0", wire bead
    TUBES Specialized, schraeder valve
    SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry Sport MTB
    SEAT POST Alloy 30.9mmx350/400mm, micro adjust
    SEAT BINDER Alloy QR, 36mm I.D.
    NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

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    I don't like either chinese bike.
    But if you want an opnion buy the Spec.

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    Specialized all the way

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    I concur, get the Specialized. Unless you are going to spend over $1,000 I would NOT recommend full suspension!

    L8R
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    I concur, get the Specialized. Unless you are going to spend over $1,000 I would NOT recommend full suspension!

    L8R
    Agreed. At this $700 pricepoint, you're far better off with the Rockhopper.

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    Rockhopper.
    If you don't fall, you're not riding hard enough.

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    Ride it like you're breakin' outta jail.

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    definately the rockhopper, if you want disc you can latter unpgrade cause dualies at that price aren't great. i also think rockhopper will last longer than the raleigh better frame, etc

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    I concur, get the Specialized. Unless you are going to spend over $1,000 I would NOT recommend full suspension!

    L8R
    If he drops another $180 over his $700 He could get the full susser Specialized FSR XC with the same equipment as the 'hopper he's looking at.
    This is the ONLY full suspension bike under a G that I'll even look at due to it's proven design.

    The Ram adds discs at the expense of almost every other component especially the rear shock. To give perspective; if he wanted to later he could add a set of Avid Mechanical discs to that FSR XC for under $200 (pricepoint.com w s&h) considering the bike comes with a disc wheelset to begin with with. But if he's going to stick to the $700 pricepoint the 'hopper is an excellent choice

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    Do not go with Raleigh I'v snappen the drive side chain stay on the ran 2.0 2004 model then for the warenty they sent me a ram 3.0 2004 at my expense of $400 and the rocker arm on the non-drove side is not machined corectly. It maybe the lbs but the quality is crap.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Six months later.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkittlesen
    I don't like either chinese bike.
    But if you want an opnion buy the Spec.
    What exactly does this mean?

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    some people dont like that frames are built overseas...mainly in china...
    04 specialized hardrock xc with eggbeater sl pedals
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    I think specialized are built in Taiwan, actually. I'm quite certain mine has a "handmade in taiwan" sticker on it.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Apparently being subtle doesn't work. This thread died six months ago. The original poster hasn't been back since he started this thread in MAY. I don't think he gives a flying ********************* anymore.

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    forget that and buy a carerra fury - it really does p&^$ all over them both

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    Yeah, I'll take an angry Porsche over a 700$ bicycle any day.



    Sorry, newbie humour.

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    I wonder how dude managed to miss the fact that it's 6 months old.. lol... I only replied because of the Specialized comment

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