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Old 06-17-05, 06:03 PM
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Bikes: 2006 21" Rockhopper

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I actually have both; well almost. My Univega has Shimano Exage Sport components (probably actually a step below the 600 stuff, but newer); my girlfriend's Bianchi has the SunTour 5000 (I think it's actually alpha 5000, the symbol looks like a greek alpha). Interestingly, her front derailer/shifter is not indexed, but the rear is. Mine is indexed all around.

Having spent a good deal of time working on and test riding both (though obviously more time on mine) I think they're about equal, properly tuned. Her rear derailer may actually be a bit smoother, but it looks practically brand new, while my Exage stuff has seen a lot of use.

Basically, if it works, both setups are quality and will get the job of a recreational/fitness/commute bike done just fine. Either of those bikes is worth $150 to me; that's what I paid for both mine and my girlfriend's, and we've totally gotten our money's worth.

If the bike fits, buy it, ride it, and have fun.
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