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looking at a:

2007 Kona Kikapu

2005 Marin Rocky Ridge

2007 Motobecane fantom comp

Doing mainly southern california trail riding, some 3000ft climbs in near future.

what bike would be best for my needs?
 

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Do you mean the 2005 Marin Rock Springs? The Rocky Ridge is a hardtail and seems out of place with the other two bikes you mention.

As far as the two FS bikes...the Motobecane is far better equipped for the money and is a similar design. It does lack local bike shop support (don't be surprised if you get a few glaring looks if you roll into a LBS with a Motobecane). The Kona, while being a step down or two on components, is still a solid bike. You will also likely get at least one free tune (often more) and support should anything go wrong from your LBS. Its a trade-off...
 
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