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'd spring for the more expensive one. Both of them have low-end, entry-level forks (as do all bikes in that price range), but I'm pretty sure the 3 has a fork with 30mm stanchions (which will be stiffer/less noodle-y than the 28mm stanchions on the 2). Additionally, the 3 has a 9-speed drivetrain versus the 8-speed on the 2.