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I would say ride them both and see which you like better...sometimes one just feels right. I was convinced I was getting a Trek, so I went to ride a DS and an XC -- as soon as I also test rode the cannondale trail 5 29er, I knew it was the bike for me.
 

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Thanks. Went to thx lbs and they said they'd have both in Thursday so I can ride em

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Ride them in and out of ditches and over the grass to get a better feel.
For that money range I would check a Superfly 5 or 6 with a 15% discount. Better geo.
 

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I did look at the treks. The guy at the shop said for that money look at the specialized craves.

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You'll notice a difference in feel between the bikes for sure. The Crave 29er is a similar bike to the Cannondale you posted. The RH Pro Evo has more slack geometry, 20mm more suspension travel, a 15mm thru axle fork, Clutch rear derailleur, 2x10 drivetrain with bash guard, etc... It's also slightly heavier than the Crave. Take the advice above and ride both and pick whatever feels best to you. It would also help to test ride other bikes in that price range too.
 

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Copy/paste aside, I personally have really come to prefer slacker-than-XC geometry and a little extra travel on my trail bikes. Definitely try out the EVO RH too.
 

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It's all about what is comfortable for you, not everyone has the same torso or leg length, what is comfortable for one May not be as comfortable to the next person. Ride them and figure it out for yourself....
 

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I ended up getting the specialized pro evo and I absolutely love it. Thanks for all the feedback
 
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