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I am in the market for a mountain bike and have been considering either the 2011 Specialized Safire Comp. or 2012 Giant Trance XW. I am new to riding and this is my first bike purchase (I have been using my sisters kona in the past). Both bikes are in slightly used condition and seem very well maintained. Also, the price point is the same. I like to ride mostly cross country with some nice and technical single track. I am looking for a good climber, but something that can handle the downhill as well. Any thoughts? What would be a better ride?
 

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My flaky router ate my post.

Can you ride the bikes?

Off the cuff, I'd be thinking "Safire." I think it fits somewhere between a Camber, which I liked, and a Stumpjumper FSR, which I haven't tried but my friend likes. I didn't really like the Giant FS I tried a while back. Can't remember if it was the Trance or the Anthem, though.
 

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Fit would be of ultimate importance, so if they both fit well, on to the next item of importance. They are both very similar bikes with respect to design intent (which is aligned with what the OP has expressed interest in), and the spec'd components are pretty close with nothing really standing out on either bike that would easily tilt the decision on way or another. If one is in better condition, that could be a difference-maker. Ride them both and pick the one you like and feel best on.

If I had a gun to my head, I would lean toward the Safire. It seems a little more 'female friendly', or at least Specialized does a better job of describing how they have executed the designs and why they are suited for female riders. Unlike many of the 'which bike should I get' threads, you really have found two bikes that are both on target and either one could be the right one for the job.
 

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Thanks for the great advice. Just off what I have read I was leaning toward the safire. Tried out the Giant and it fit great and I really liked how it handled. Also, it is in great shape. The previous owner has only ridden it 3 times...bought the bike then decided they didn't really like biking. Trying out the safire tomorrow.
 

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How is this related to a secondhand bike? Specialized won't see a dime from the sale, unless you feel so strongly that you don't even want to be associated with them.
You said it! I owned my share of spech S-works (2 epics). Business is just one thing, but performance wise I still think that Giant Maestro is still the best value design available now.
 
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