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  1. #1
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    Nov 2004
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    05 Lemond Poprad, 11 Jamis Dragon Race 29er, Surly LHT
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    Bianchi Denali vs. Rocky Mountain Hammer?

    Hi -- I'm looking to get a steel hardtail, and soon. I'm seeing some deals on 2004 models and have narrowed to two: a Bianchi Denali ($925), and a Rocky Mountain Hammer ($1070). I like the geometry of the Bianchi a little better (top tube isn't as sloping). But the Rocky has slightly better components. Any suggestions? Anyone know anything about the Dedacciai COM steel frame on the Bianchi? I'm familiar w/ the Reynolds on the RM.


    Rocky Mountain:
    Frame: Reynolds 725 Chromoly
    Frame Weight: 2.18 kg / 4.8 lb
    Fork & Fender: Marzocchi MX Comp Air
    Front Travel: 105mm
    Head Set: Ritchey logic
    Stem: Race Face Evolve
    Handlebar: Race Face Evolve
    Brakes: Shimano M525 Disk
    Brake Levers: Shimano M525
    Shifters: Shimano LX
    Gearing (RR/FR): Shimano XT, LX
    Rims: Mavic x223D
    Seat Post: Race Face Evolve
    Saddle: Selle Italia Fokus

    Frame Dedacciai COM steel, rack mounts
    Fork Marzocchi MX Pro, alloy steerer, 85mm travel
    Headset VP AheadSet, 1 1/8" threadless
    Handlebar Titec Hell-Bent XC, 25mm rise
    Stem Titec Li'l Al, 7o rise
    Brakes/Levers Avid Mechanical Disc brakes & levers
    Crankset TruVativ Firex-XR, 22/32/44T, ISIS Drive
    Bottom Bracket TruVativ, ISIS Drive, 113mm
    Chain Shimano HG-53
    Cassette SRAM, 11/32T 9spd
    Wheels WTB LaserDisc Lite hubs; WTB SpeedDisc Pro XC 32h rims
    Tires WTB WeirWolf, 26x2.1
    Derailleurs r/f Shimano LX 9spd / Shimano Deore 28.6mm
    Shifters Shimano LX
    Saddle WTB Rocket V Sport SS

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Regina, SK, CA
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    2002 Rocky HT
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    My friend has an 04 Hammer, he loves it. Geometry is personal preference but it seems most of the people I ride with prefer the short slopping top tubes of Rockies & Kona's over the longish top tubes of other makers. They make great bikes for tight twisty singletrack and are wonderful on the decents.

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