NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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The fork changed from a Manitou Six to an Axel Comp. That's actually a step-up in their fork line.
I tend to like Specialized bikes more, and the new '05 line has not dissapointed me.
I've never been a big fan of Trek bikes, but that's more due to fit.
Regarding bike fit. This is critical. Ride both bikes and re-ride them several times. Buy the one that feels better.
As far as comparing the two side-by-side. They're pretty much the same. Better fork on this one, better derailleur on that one, blah blah blah.
Go for the better fit and you won't go wrong!
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