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    So which would you choose?

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    If that Scott has double wall rims, that would be my pick. Otherwise I'd go for the Giant. Of course opinions will vary.
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    Oh yeah, sure, what if everyone thought that way? Then internet forums would merely be places where rational people exchange useful information and ideas - instead of the chaotic, emotionally-charged circuses that they are.

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    I'd say 6:1 ; 1/2dzther...except for the first Jamis. Quill stems suck!

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    I'd probably get something used for $400 and get a much nicer bike for the money.

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    I'd probably get the Scott because it looks the best aesthetically. Other than that, +1^
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    What? No Specialized? Who cares what I think about these bikes?

    This smells of "which bike should I buy" thread....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed View Post
    I'd say 6:1 ; 1/2dzther...except for the first Jamis. Quill stems suck!
    Missed that with the stem, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed View Post
    I'd probably get something used for $400 and get a much nicer bike for the money.
    +2

    Most of those look very breakable. If you want to ride them on rail trails I'm sure they're great but any kind of rocky trail would be a nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    What? No Specialized? Who cares what I think about these bikes?

    This smells of "which bike should I buy" thread....
    There you go added a Specialized to the list.

    Yes it does smell of which bike, I was actually talking to a co-worker and where talking about entry level bike shop mountain bikes.

    The conclusion we came to do is they are all pretty much the same and anybody purchasing one should make the purchase choice based on two factors how did they like the feel of the bike and how the bike shop treated them.

    I thought I would ask on the forum what people thought of the entry level bikes, so far other than the stem on one bike they do appear all the same and it mostly it appears that no one is any better than the other. I was looking for confirmation.

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    i'd take the cannondale all the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    i'd take the cannondale all the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman View Post
    The conclusion we came to do is they are all pretty much the same and anybody purchasing one should make the purchase choice based on two factors how did they like the feel of the bike and how the bike shop treated them.
    This, in a nutshell, is the be-all/end-all answer to the thousands of "what-entry-level-bike-to-buy" threads that get posted here. Wish there was a macro that would just spit this out when the poster hits "submit."

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    And boil that nutshell down even smaller to read: get the one you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    What? No Specialized? Who cares what I think about these bikes?

    This smells of "which bike should I buy" thread....
    The question doesn't belong in the "Bikeshopping.net / which bike should I buy" thread b/c the OP gave a few choices. I won't move a thread there unless there are no options whatsoever.

    The first thing I was thinking was to suggest a Specialized, but since the OP asked about specific bikes and the Hardrock wasn't in his list at the time, I refrained. (I also went to Jenson and looked at closeout bikes, but they're pretty-well picked through)

    Now that the OP has thrown the Hardrock up there...no question.
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    So it would appear by far the two with the best opinions are :-

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ck/7509/44529/

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain


    Not sure why I did not have the hardrock listed it was one I had been looking at.

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    The Hardrock has a bomb proof, if heavy, frame. Great bike. Looooove mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESW116 View Post
    . . . bomb proof, . . . .
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post13636584

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    My shop has Hardrocks in Blackout or blackout with decals and hubs that are anodized orange or green. For entry level another 150 bucks would get you a cool looking ride.

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    pft okay.

    the integrity of the frame of the specialized hardrock rivals that of a cold war bunker

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESW116 View Post
    pft okay.

    the integrity of the frame of the specialized hardrock rivals that of a cold war bunker

    Awesome description

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