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Old 06-02-07, 09:57 PM
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Best hardtail for 600ish?

ok, my price range is about 600$ right now, and im looking for a new hardtail. Id enjoy a full suspension, but its not realistic, and i dont really think theres anything im doing that requires one. I need a light, preferably disk braked hardtail that will last me a long time. It has to be able to take 4ish foot drops, and mud, dirt and rain (and a little snow if i feel like having fun, im in massachusetts afterall), and still stay reliable. Please help me out!

Right now im looking at the Hardrock Comp Disk, and the Rockhopper Disk. Leaning towards the rockhopper because of the better fork, but are either good? The fork does matter because after i buy the bike, im really not going to have any cash to get a new fork, nor do i know exactly what to look for in a fork.

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Old 06-02-07, 10:33 PM
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specialized makes really good bikes, so what your looking at is fine. The fork on the rockhopper is better than the other. Have you taken a look at any of the iron horse hardtails or trek aluminum series bikes. The iron horse bikes have great forks on them. But i dunno do what you think is right. 80 percent feel, 20 percent components. Go to ur lbs and try out different ones.
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Old 06-02-07, 10:36 PM
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I have a trek 4500(no disk)I bought for around $500. I like the feel of the bike. The rock shox dart is not the best fork but it does ok and takes the big hits fine. As far as disk brakes, I think the Trek 6000 has mechanical disk with the bascially the same fork for about $650.
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haha i have a trek 4500 too man. i upgraded to hayes mx1 disk breaks and it feels great. yea the rock shox are not best for that fork though. thats what i dont like about trek lately. but im gonna upgrade them soon too.
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Old 06-03-07, 01:06 AM
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The Giant Ranier is pretty nice.. it has avid bb5 brakes on it wich are pretty good... the fork is good as far as I know... it is the Marzocchi MZ Race suspension fork (4in).. (might have to get a second opinion on the fork)

It also has Deore deraillurs front and back along with the shifters... other than that get out there and test ride them but definatly give the Ranier a shot.. some people like giants over specialized and other like specialized over giant and same goes for trek... all depends on you after components..
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Old 06-03-07, 08:44 AM
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Giant Yukon?

(I will never stop recommending this bike)
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