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Raleigh Venture 3.0 vs. Specialized Expedition Sport

Hello All!

I will be commuting to school beginning in August and have narrowed my bike search down to the Raleigh Venture 3.0 and the Specialized Expedition Sport (both sporting a step-through woman's frame). Both of the bikes fit me well and seem very well-matched as far as components are concerned--they are also exactly the same price, and both shops seem equally as helpful. I am so stumped that I am about to make the decision based on the paint job...

Does anyone have an opinion as to which bike/brand might be a better choice? See specs below:

Thanks in advance!

Specialized Expedition Sport
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material A1 Premium aluminum
Fork Brand & Model SR NEX-4100-26, 63mm
Fork Material Hi-tensile steel, single crown
Rear Shock Not applicable

Components
Component Group Comfort Mix
Brakeset ProMax linear-pull brakes, Tektro alloy levers
Shift Levers Shimano Revo Twist
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-C050, clamp on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Crankset Shimano FC-TX70, 24/34/42 teeth
Pedals Platform nylon w/Kraton top
Bottom Bracket TH cartridge, 122.5mm spindle
BB Shell Width 68mm English
Rear Cogs 7-speed, 13 - 34 teeth
Chain KMC Z7, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost Alloy suspension, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle Specialized Comfort Plus w/springs
Handlebar Hi-Ten 620mm wide, 60mm rise
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Specialized Ground Control
Headset 1 1/8" threaded Specialized loose ball

Wheels
Hubs Front: Specialized forged alloy, Rear: Shimano FH-RM30S
Rims Alex Z-1000, 32-hole
Tires 26 x 1.95" Specialized Hemisphere
Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 15ga. (1.8mm)
Spoke Nipples Unspecified


Raleigh Venture 3.0
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Atomic 13 Aluminum
Fork Brand & Model SR Suntour NEX 4100, 63mm travel
Fork Material Steel/aluminum, single crown
Rear Shock Not applicable

Components
Component Group Comfort Mix
Brakeset Tektro brakes, Tektro levers
Shift Levers Shimano Revo
Front Derailleur Shimano C50
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Crankset SR Suntour XCC208, 28/38/48 teeth
Pedals Avenir Comfort Platform
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 7, 14 - 34 teeth
Chain KMC Z51
Seatpost Alloy Micro-adjust Suspension, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle Avenir Deluxe Comfort
Handlebar Comfort Riser
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Alloy Adjustable
Headset 1 1/8" threaded Uspecified

Wheels
Hubs Joytech Alloy QR
Rims Weinmann CN520, 36-hole
Tires 26 x 1.95" Kenda K-841A w/K-shield
Spoke Brand Stainless Steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Unspecified

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