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29er decision time: Specialized Rockhopper vs. Cannondale 29er?

Old 08-02-09, 09:28 PM
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29er decision time: Specialized Rockhopper vs. Cannondale 29er?

I'm down to my final decision on my first mountain bike. (I'm 6'5" - pretty much sold on going with the 29ers.)

I've ridden the Specialized and liked how it felt, but I'm a noob so don't have anything to compare it with. Unfortunately, the Cannondale dealer in my area doesn't want to order an XL frame just for a test ride, so I haven't been able to ride and compare. (But he's giving me a really good price, so I'm still tempted.)

These two bikes are very close in price and I'm having a really hard time deciding between them. Any suggestions one way or the other?

Cannondale 29er 4

Specialized Rockhopper Comp

Thanks for your help!

Note: Budget is around $850.
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Old 08-02-09, 09:54 PM
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They both look comparable.

They have the same fork. The only major difference (on quick glance) are the brakes. Cable vs. hydro.

I would personally go with the one you can ride, and if you like it, go with that. It would suck to buy the C'dale and not like how it feels.
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Old 08-03-09, 05:58 AM
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I would personally go with the one you can ride
That's terrible advice...go with the one you can't ride & lean it against the garage door and take pictures like all these hacks around here.
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I recently had to make the same choice. I was actually looking for a Cdale 29er 2 but the price was just past what my wife would allow so it was the 4, the Rockhopper Expert 29er, Gary Fisher Cobia, and the Diamondback Overdrive 29er. I also test road a new Giant 29er because it seemed to be the newest 29er available but it was also out of my price range.

I had a bad experience with Mongoose after they sold out which kind of gave me a bad taste for Diamond back. I think Cannondale also recently sold out to Pacifica and could end up being sold at Dicks, Target or even worse.... Wal Mart.

In the end I went with the bike that had the best fit/feel which was the Expert 29er. Mine came with a Tora Fork but was $1,300. I think the new Rockhopper is that comes with the Dart is cheaper so you could always upgrade the fork.
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
That's terrible advice...go with the one you can't ride & lean it against the garage door and take pictures like all these hacks around here.
I meant "Test ride," but I am sue you knew that!
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