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So I the opportunity to ride on both the 2019 Giant Talon 1 and the Specialized Rockhopper Comp 2019. Both were great bikes and im struggling to find which one would be better for me and which is better value for kit. I'll provide links to both bikes so that people can see what gear they have equipped on them. I'm still fairly new to the MTB scene and i'd like other peoples opinions. Also if you have any experience with the Brand/older model or same model of bikes, please share. :)

Thanks very much

2019 Giant Talon 1:
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/talon-1

2019 Specialized Rockhopper Comp:
https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/me...-comp/p/154446
 

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Get which ever is the better deal in a shop. They are both in the same category and will perform very similar. You might get lucky and find a leftover 2018 in stock too.
 

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Of those two, the giant. Better fork, better drivetrain.
I agree with nopathy. Assuming they are close to the same price, the Giant is the better deal.

While my preference is 29'er hardtails (like the Specialized), I spent several days on a rented a 27.5 Talon a couple of years ago while overseas and it handled everything I threw at it. The difference between the 27.5" wheels on the rental and the 29" wheels on my own bikes was unnoticeable to me.
 

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The Giant has a decent Raidon air fork but 27.5 wheels with 21mm skinny rims. I wouldn't spend 1k on this.
A Nukeproof Scout 290 Sport from CRC has more everything.
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ca/en/nukeproof-scout-290-sport-mountain-bike-2019/rp-prod170308
130mm air fork. Boost 15 x 110 front and 12 x 148 Boost rear hubs(current) with 29mm inner width rims(current). Slack geo(current). Room for 2.6 tires(current).
Get on the email list.

Another one.
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ca/en/ragley-big-al-hardtail-bike-2019/rp-prod176554
In stock.

Another.
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com...9-mountain-bike-deore-1x10-2019/rp-prod173161
 

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I checked out Nukeproof, they dont sell any in my city and they're almost double the price.. :(

However they do sell "Ghost" bikes in my city, im not sure if Ghost bikes are any good. when I called and asked a sales rep what i would need for my uses. he recommended the Ghost Kato 7 (Kato 9.9 AL U). Does Ghost make good bikes?
 

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Ghost makes good bikes. . . but the geo with a 70* head tube angle, 445 chainstays, quick release non Boost non thru axle hubs and 21mm rims is not as current as the bikes from CRC. If you order from CRC you can go to any shop for service as needed.
 

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The Giant is WAY better. Low-end Specialized stuff is terrible for the money.

Giant fork is 4.5 Raidon vs. 6.0 lb XCR. Big difference. I did the upgrade program to the Raidon and it's been fantastic, I still don't know the limits of the fork after over a year.

Giant drivetrain 2x10 vs. 2x9 (biggest difference is the 10-speed clutch rear derailleur), not huge but significant.

Giant brakes have a 180mm rotor up front, otherwise the Giant is marginally better.

Giant tires 27.5 x 2.4 vs. 29 x 2.1. First off, I have to disagree with EB about this; sure you can always upgrade to wider rims later. But with 27.5 x 2.4, it doesn't really matter if it's on a skinny rim or not. I'm doing 26 x 2.8 on a 19mm rim, just as a test, and so far it's passed with flying colors. My 'other' 26 inch 25mm rim is sitting in the garage because it tends to cause major wobbles on the plus tire, and the 19mm doesn't. You pair together what works...in real life, not on some theoretical chart. What works for you is what works, period. 2.4 tires are going to be much, much better right out of the gate compared with 2.1's. You can ride them until they are done, then decide on what tire and rim size you want later after you have had plenty of fun on them for the first 1000-2000 miles.

The Giant is a ready to go bike. Don't be afraid of 2x10.
 

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What about the Ghost bike that i've mentioned, would you know if thats also good value or a good bike/brand ?

Ghost Bike:
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5061-797/Kato-7-29"-Bicycle
 

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What about the Ghost bike that i've mentioned, would you know if thats also good value or a good bike/brand ?

Ghost Bike:
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5061-797/Kato-7-29"-Bicycle
I wouldn't buy it when the CRC options are better and in the same price range. . . .Or
Look for a used bike on Pinkbike buy/sell
https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/

You have time.
 

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Certainly the Giant is the best of the original two. The Ghost is quite a bit more $. The components at SLX etc are considerably better. I'm not sure about the RS Silver fork. It's also old school skinny tires
 

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So I the opportunity to ride on both the 2019 Giant Talon 1 and the Specialized Rockhopper Comp 2019. Both were great bikes and im struggling to find which one would be better for me and which is better value for kit. I'll provide links to both bikes so that people can see what gear they have equipped on them. I'm still fairly new to the MTB scene and i'd like other peoples opinions. Also if you have any experience with the Brand/older model or same model of bikes, please share. :)

Thanks very much

2019 Giant Talon 1:
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/talon-1

2019 Specialized Rockhopper Comp:
https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/me...-comp/p/154446
The Giant is between the Expert and Pro. The Comp really isn't a valid comparison. Personally I would get the Rockhopper Pro.
 

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for me when it comes to buying a bike I would prefer to buy from my lbs, I like service and when you buy from an lbs you usually get some pretty good service, if you buy online and need to do warranty work or general maintaince you will get less bs if it's a shop you purchased the bike from. I also believe you should save up and not be in a hurry to buy and try and buy up model anytime you can, even if it means waiting on a last years closeout which is how I got my stance 1 Mtb bike. a really big discount from the lbs.
 
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