Hi guys. My hardrock 29er recently met a early death due to a drunk driver rear ending me with me and my kids bike on the rack so I am on the hunt for a new bike. I have narrowed it down to these 2 bikes. I am looking at the comp model for both. They are both the same price so it comes down to the components and that is what I was hoping to get some help with. The biggest differences I can see are the brakes and the fork. Which do you guys think has the most bang for the buck. Thanks.
You'll have to ride both. Components are fairly similar but there are differences in geometry. Wheelbase is close but the Rockhopper has shorter stays and a lower BB. Plus it has a longer reach/ETT so it'll feel a bit different than the Jamis.