I've been looking at some 29ers to ride on some rail trails and grow into some moderate trails. Came across these 2 bikes at my lbs and likes them both.
Thing is, the Talon is a 2012 clearance bike they are selling for $500 which is a great deal but it doesn't have the lockout fork I want. Its normally a $600-700 bike. The Revel O rode just as nice and has the lockout fork but it is $580. Equipment wise, the Talon is the better equipped and more advanced bike and i'd love to buy it but the lockout fork is important to me. I called the shop back to see if it made sense to get the Talon and have them swap the fork. He said to do that it would be a $200-300 upgrade and I might as well get the 2013 version but that brings it above what I want to spend.
Is it really that much to trade the fork for a locking one? If it is, so be it. I'd be perfectly happy with the Revel it's just that I was trying to get this "better" bike for a steal.
Thoughts? And thanks!