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Old 02-09-15, 10:09 AM   #1
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Fretting over Specs..need advice

I have put off my new mtb decision as I am fretting over the specs. I have it down to the 2015 Scott Aspect 950 or the 2014 Aspect 910.
I am making my return from MTB after a long layoff. I have been riding road since.
I need a new MTB to ride with my 8 yr old son, thus the trails will be light but he will progress. My dilemma:
$599 Aspect 950 (2015) Suntour XCT Fork with Alivio
$899 Aspect 910 (2014) Rockshox XC32 with Deore

I have always hated Suntour forks. I have this same one on my hybrid and I do not like it. I know it will be fine for a year or two as will the lower groupset. However, when it is time to ride tougher trails I would prefer the Deore and the Rockshox. The fork could be had at Merlin for $150-$200 and the groupset is in the same range.
Would I be better off biting the bullet now or saving the $300 and upgrading later? The frame is essentially the same.
My old MTB has the Deore LX and my road bike is Campy. They are both superior in shifting to the Alivio on the Scott.
My original budget was $600 for this bike as it will not be ridden as frequently as my road bike. Part of me struggles with spending more and the other part says that it would be cheaper to buy it upfront. (The fork is my real issue though.. I could live with the groupset until it starts to break and then part it out)
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Old 02-09-15, 10:29 AM   #2
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I have put off my new mtb decision as I am fretting over the specs. I have it down to the 2015 Scott Aspect 950 or the 2014 Aspect 910.
I am making my return from MTB after a long layoff. I have been riding road since.
I need a new MTB to ride with my 8 yr old son, thus the trails will be light but he will progress. My dilemma:
$599 Aspect 950 (2015) Suntour XCT Fork with Alivio
$899 Aspect 910 (2014) Rockshox XC32 with Deore

I have always hated Suntour forks. I have this same one on my hybrid and I do not like it. I know it will be fine for a year or two as will the lower groupset. However, when it is time to ride tougher trails I would prefer the Deore and the Rockshox. The fork could be had at Merlin for $150-$200 and the groupset is in the same range.
Would I be better off biting the bullet now or saving the $300 and upgrading later? The frame is essentially the same.
My old MTB has the Deore LX and my road bike is Campy. They are both superior in shifting to the Alivio on the Scott.
My original budget was $600 for this bike as it will not be ridden as frequently as my road bike. Part of me struggles with spending more and the other part says that it would be cheaper to buy it upfront. (The fork is my real issue though.. I could live with the groupset until it starts to break and then part it out)
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That is really a question only you can answer. Personally I would buy the better components now and save the money and labor of a later upgrade but there is no right or wrong answer.
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Old 02-09-15, 02:02 PM   #3
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Have you considered used? For a lightly ridden bike, you can get pretty good bang for your buck, just make sure to budget for any new components.
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The XC32 isn't very good either.

Are the wheels and brakes more or less equal between the two? You can buy a pretty good air fork for $300. Think the Rockshox Recons dip down near $200 from time to time. Suntour also has an upgrade program which might be worth looking into.

If your old mtn bike/s LX stuff is really that much better than alvio you can always swap it all over and put the alvio on the old bike .
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Definitely the 910. It has better brakes, and the XC32 is Rockshox's most basic air fork, but it is a lot better than a Suntour XCT.
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The XC32 isn't very good either.

Are the wheels and brakes more or less equal between the two? You can buy a pretty good air fork for $300. Think the Rockshox Recons dip down near $200 from time to time. Suntour also has an upgrade program which might be worth looking into.

If your old mtn bike/s LX stuff is really that much better than alvio you can always swap it all over and put the alvio on the old bike .
Syncros x39 vs syncros x49. Truthfully, I am a road guy at this point and know nothing of these wheels. I am sure that the 910 has better ones but they are both entry level.
I just turned my old mtb into a hybrid so swapping parts is not going to happen.
I have checked out the Suntour upgrade program but I can get a better shock at Merlin for less.
I would love to go used but I have accumulated a lot of points in one of my vendors programs and they have REI on their list. I can get the 950 for no out of pocket money or the 910 for a few hundred out of pocket.
If the 910 is not much better than I would not mind taking the out of pocket money and putting it towards a new hitch mount rack as I hate my current one.
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Let's say you LOVE riding this MTB, and a year or two from now, you feel like it's holding you back... Are you going to be ok with doing piecemeal upgrades, maybe preferring to do so, even if some of the pieces are expensive like wheels & fork?

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Do you think you'd rather upgrade the whole bike? Hardtail is fine for XC trails, but I wouldn't give up my full suspension bike on rougher trails. Ever.
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Forget my post. I didn't look at the specs for the 910 and just assumed the xc32 was the spring version. The air version would be fine especially for that price. Also looks like the 910 has good shimano hydraulic brakes compared to mechanicals for the 950
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Let's say you LOVE riding this MTB, and a year or two from now, you feel like it's holding you back... Are you going to be ok with doing piecemeal upgrades, maybe preferring to do so, even if some of the pieces are expensive like wheels & fork?

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Do you think you'd rather upgrade the whole bike? Hardtail is fine for XC trails, but I wouldn't give up my full suspension bike on rougher trails. Ever.
That is always a good question and a difficult one to answer. I know that my passion is running. I know that road biking is easier and less time cumbersome. Thus, with work and a family along with my other two vices listed, mtb will fall in last. I love it but it takes up more of the day as you have to travel to get anywhere and that takes up time. As my son gets older that will be easier as he will be with me for those ventures. I doubt that I will go for full suspension but I never rule it out. It could also turn out that my son's love of biking disapates and we never spend much time on it. This is why I really do not want to spend much on my bike but I have been around bikes enough to know that entry level limits get pushed quickly, especially in mtb. With that being said, I just built up a customer Colnago in the last 6 months, bought my son a Giant mtb and am now looking at another mtb for me. My wife is going to put the beat down upon me if I over spend on this one. The Aspect 910 is pushing it on top of those purchases. I will never be able to complain about her buying shoes all the time after this bike spree. Of course, the good thing is that once I get attached to a bike, I keep it forever and only upgrade when things break.
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i looked at REI's website. The 950 price at $600 is retail, but the 910's retail is $1300. In theory the 910 is the better buy ,

I'm seeing hydro brakes on the 950 as well, not mechanicals -- are you looking at a non current model?
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i looked at REI's website. The 950 price at $600 is retail, but the 910's retail is $1300. In theory the 910 is the better buy ,

I'm seeing hydro brakes on the 950 as well, not mechanicals -- are you looking at a non current model?
I am looking at the 2014 910. REI has it on sale right now for $899. Thus, it is $300 more than the 2015 950. The link for the specs on the 910 (2014) is pasted below. Sorry for not being more clear before.
Scott Aspect 910 29er Bike - 2014 - REI.com
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The 2014 910 is well worth the money over the 2015 950. However, if you really think the extra cost is going to cause budget or marital problems, I'm also sure that the 950 will be sufficient to get you started.
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The 2014 910 is well worth the money over the 2015 950. However, if you really think the extra cost is going to cause budget or marital problems, I'm also sure that the 950 will be sufficient to get you started.
Funny. I would never allow anything to cause marital problems but your advice is sound. I should just stop fretting over the decision and buy the 910. It is simple a better buy and a better bike. $300 is not going to hurt me so I think that the decision is made.
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