Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Somewhere between heaven and hell
Bikes: '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone
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I never use my lockout. Lockout does nothing on a cheap fork and good forks don't really do much bobbing. Honestly, both of them have relatively entry level forks that, if and when you get serious about riding, you'll probably want to replace. The Revel is built around an 80mm fork while the 4300 is built around a 100mm, but either should be able to take a 100mm if you decide to upgrade. Disc brakes are nice, and even if the current ones aren't top notch, it ensures that you're disc ready if you decide to move to nicer mechs or hydros. The rest of the specs look comparable.
That said, either one will work great as a campus commuter and for the odd trail ride. Both of them are nice frames. Have you taken them on a test ride? There's a good chance that the differences in geometry will make for slightly different rides, so it would be useful to figure out which one feels better. Buy the one that makes you happy.