Which of these bikes is better?
Interested in opinions on both of these bikes. I am looking at this from a component stand point. Which has the best overall components based on performance, reliability, ease of maintenance ( I do it myself mostly ), and cost. The riding I do is mostly on pavement with some light off road. I have left out the brand/model numbers/names on these so as not to get skewed results based on a preconceived notion on names. Although I admit it is probably easy to tell what brand they are. Please dont give me flak about that, I just wanted an honest comparison. I will say that one is double the price of the other. But is it worth it?
Edit: I forgot to say that I do ride a lot. 50+ miles a week atleast.
Frame Alpha Black Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, hydroformed bi-axial down tube and top tube, monostay seatstays, forged disc ready dropouts
Front Suspension RockShox Tora 302 Solo Air w/positive air pressure, rebound, TurnKey lockout, alloy steerer, 100mm
Wheels Shimano silent clutch disc hubs w/Bontrager Maverick rims
Tires Bontrager Comfort Hardcase, 26x1.95"
Shifters Shimano Alivio, 8 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT "Shadow"
Crank Bontrager Select 48/36/26
Cassette SRAM PG850 11-32, 8 speed
Saddle Bontrager Approved
Seat Post Bontrager Sport
Handlebars Bontrager Select, 25mm rise
Stem Bontrager Sport, 25 degree
Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Shimano M431 w/Avid FR-5 levers
Frame Alpha Black Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, hydroformed bi-axial down tube, monostay seatstays, forged disc ready dropouts
Front Suspension RST Gila T8 w/preload, 100mm
Wheels Shimano M65 disc hubs; Bontrager Ranger rims w/eyelets
Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26x2.1"; 27 tpi
Shifters Shimano EF50, 8 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano C050
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crank SR Suntour XCC-T102 42/34/24
Cassette SRAM PG830 11-32, 8 speed
Pedals Alloy ATB
Saddle Bontrager Race Lux Basic
Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 20mm offset
Handlebars Bontrager SSR, 25mm rise
Stem Bontrager SSR, 10 degree
Headset VP-A76C-TK, 1 1/8" semi-cartridge, sealed
Brakeset Shimano M415, mechanical disc w/Shimano EF50 levers
Last edited by OhioBikeGuy; 07-29-09 at 07:30 AM.