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Old 08-29-07, 09:19 AM   #1
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Down to two - which one?

My first time buying a MTB, have been riding a race bike for a while though. If I was to guess I would say my riding will look something like:

Paved roads: 35%
Compact dirt roads: 55%
Loose gravel, paths etc: 10%

I was set on buying a bike with disc brakes, but if i am honest with myself I am not really sure I need one... Assuming I will be just fine without I have arrived at the options below:

Option 1
Frame: Wilier Oropuro DB alloy with carbon rear stays
Fork: Rockshox Tora Soloair Poplock
Rear shifter.: XTR RDM970
Front shifter: LX FDM581
Shifters: XTR STM961 V brake
Crank: Shimano LX 580
Brakes: XTR BR-M960
Cassette: LX HG80 9v 11-32
Chain: Shimano HG93
Wheels: Mavic Crosstrail V-brake
Tires: Ritchey Elevader Comp
Steering: Ritchey Comp OS 31.8
Sadle: Ritchey Logic with Italia C2
Weight: ~11 kg
Price: $1.780

Option 2:
Frame: Merida Matts HFS
Fork: Rock Shox Recon 351 Air Poplock
Rear shifter: Sram X9
Front shifter: Sram X7
Shifters: Sram X9 Trigger,
Crank: Truvative Stylo 3.2 44-32-22
Brakes: Avid Single Digit 7
Tires: Maxxlite 310 1.95 KV
Weight: 10,2 kg
Price: $1980

Ohh, and I should mention that I live in Norway. Sales tax is insane, no need to provide me with better alternatives :-) I would just like a comparison of the bikes above.

Thank you!
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Old 08-29-07, 09:29 AM   #2
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I'm a big Sram fan, but this time I have to say the components on the first bike are better. I've ran the XTR V brakes and they are awesome. I switched back to the Avids SD7's because they are lighter but they don't have the feel or the bling factor or the ease of adjustment of the XTR's
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Old 08-29-07, 01:32 PM   #3
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i agree, the first looks like the best deal. there's lots of LX/XT/XTR stuff on there, which are all nice components.
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