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So I was planning on upgrading my stock Trek 4300 (Disc) with a new fork and new brakes, but now I'm thinking I should just buy a new bike. I was originally pretty set on a 2009 Trek 6700 that I found on sale at an LBS, but I visited another store today and found a 2009 Giant XTC 0 that I really liked. I rode both bikes and the Giant felt better, although the Trek was a size too big (they had the size I wanted in stock, just not built).

I'm looking for opinions/advice as to which bike I should buy. Here are the specs for each bike:

'09 Giant XTC 0

List Price: $1450 (CAD)
Sale Price: $1325, $1498 (with taxes)

Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum*
Fork: RockShox Recon SL Air,100mm travel*
Handlebar: Race Face Ride XC, 31.8mm, low rise*
Stem: Race Face Ride XC, 31.8mm, 6 deg*
Seatpost: Race Face Ride XC, 375x30.9mm*
Saddle: WTB Silverado Race*
Pedals: Crank Brothers Smarty*
Shifters: Shimano SLX, Rapidfire*
F Derailleur: Shimano Deore, 34.9mm, top swing*
R Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow, long cage*
Brakes: Avid Juicy 3 disc, 160F / 160R*
Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3*
Cassette: Shimano HG50, 11-34T, 9SPD*
Chain: Shimano HG73*
Crankset: Race Face Ride XC, 22/32/44T*
Bott Bracket: Race Face X-type, external*
Rims: Mavic XM 117 Disc, 32H*
Hubs: Shimano Deore, 6-bolt disc**
Tires: Kenda Small Block 8, F:26x2.1" / R:26x1.95"

'09 Trek 6700

List Price: $1450
Sale Price: $1160, $1310 (with taxes)

Frame: Alpha Black Aluminum
Fork: RockShox Recon SL Coil, 100mm travel
Handlebar: Bontrager Race
Stem: Bontrager SSR
Seatpost: Bontrager Race, 31.6mm diameter
Saddle: Bontrager Race Basic
Pedals: Alloy ATB
Shifters: SRAM X-7
F Derailleur: Shimano Deore
R Derailleur: SRAM X-9
Brakes: Avid Juicy 3 disc, 160F / 160R*
Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3*
Cassette: SRAM PG970 11-34 9 speed
Chain: Unspecified
Crankset: Shimano M521, 22/32/44 teeth
Bott Bracket: Unspecified
Rims: Bontrager Ranger, 32-hole
Hubs: Shimano M525
Tires: Bontrager Jones XR, F: 26 x 2.20", R: 26 x 2.25"

I'm definitely leaning toward the Giant; it felt better to ride and seems to have slightly better components. However, I can get a better deal on the Trek (almost $200 dollars less than the Giant), and I feel like if I had a chance to ride the right frame size, I might have felt differently about the ride quality.

Any input is appreciated.
 

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Ride the Trek(in your size) then get the one you like. Prices and spec are close enough to not be a deciding factor.
 

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XTC 0? Is that the Alliance? If so, I've tested one once. Unfortunately, the store owner wouldn't come down on the price because it was hands down one of the sweetest hardtails I've tested. The carbon rear triangle makes a noticeable difference in the ride.
 
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