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    which of these 4 MTBs would you recommend?

    Hi,

    Which of the following bikes would you recommend?

    Giant - Strata
    RRP = $679
    Shimano M416 mechanical disc brakes
    InSync Point300 90mm travel w/lockout and custom spring rate
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/...ue/5290/37296/



    Avante - Spirit 2
    RRP = xxx
    Shimano M416 Mechanical Disc
    RST Capa ML 80mm Travel with Mechanical Lockout
    http://www.avantibikes.com/spirit/spirit-2.aspx?bid=260



    Trek - 3900
    RRP = ~$600
    Promax, mechanical disc w/Shimano EF50 levers
    SR Suntour SF9 XCT V2 w/coil spring, preload, 100mm
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/3900disc/



    Moongoose - ROCKADILE ALX (Mens)
    RRP = $579
    FRAME - Heat treated aluminium
    FORK = Suntour M2025 63mm travel
    BRAKES - ProMax mechanical disc with 160mm
    http://www.mongoose.com/cyp/eng/mtn/...adile-ALX-Disc

    Last edited by callagga; 03-12-10 at 03:54 PM. Reason: Trek picture with disc brakes

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    The Giant

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    How about this one posted on another thread?

    Windsor Cliff29 Comp Mountain Bike with SRAM X5 27 Speeds $499.99
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    ^callaga's first link was (dot)AU.
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    TREK for the fork.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    TREK for the fork.
    What aspect of the fork? The length of travel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by callagga View Post
    What aspect of the fork? The length of travel?
    Probably just the Doug Stuart factor. Kinda like the Sam Hill fanbois.

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    sorry to change things here, but if I go up a notch in quality any recommendations re :

    a) Avanti Ridge Rider - http://www.avantibikes.com/cross-cou...r.aspx?bid=234

    versus

    b) Giant Yukon - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/bikes/model/yukon.black.silver/5291/37297/

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    If you are intending to do some "real" mountain biking, I would go with the more expensive setups because you will quickly tear apart the cheapies if you really romp on 'em. Also, those first four look more like commuters than MTBs.

    What is your intended use?

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    Of the last two I would say the Giant. Both the Deore and the Dart 2 are good.

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    yes mainly commuting, as I do want disc brakes - I think I will aim one notch higher in quality to get the hydro discs - so do you mind if I ask now in fact for comments on the following two - they seem to be very similar so I think there is probably really no difference to worry about in spec?

    needs some advice re which of these would be better quality :


    a) Avanti Ridge Rider - http://www.avantibikes.com/cross-cou...r.aspx?bid=234


    b) Giant Yukon - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/...er/5291/37297/
    Last edited by callagga; 03-13-10 at 02:51 PM.

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    I recommend you go into the Commuting forum for advice on a commuter bike. People here will recommend a bike based on mountain biking needs.
    First Class Jerk

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    ok - good idea

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