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I am between two bikes and I wanted to see which has the best fork.
Its a new Cube ltd 29 sl 2012 and a Orbea Alma H30 29er 2011 test bike (at the same price as the Cube)

Cube LTD 29 SL 2012
17", 19", 21", 23"
Alu Superlite AMF 6061 Double Butted, Agile Ride Geometry, Disc only
grey metal green
Fox Evolution 32 Float 29 RL, 100mm, Lockout
FSA No.10 semi-integrated
Easton EA30 Oversized
Easton EA30 Lowriser Oversized
CUBE Performance Grip
Shimano Deore XT RD-M780 Shadow 10-speed
Shimano SLX FD-M661-10 Direct Mount, 10-speed
Shimano Deore SL-M591 Rapidfire-Plus, 10-speed
Formula RX Tune hydr. discbrake (160/180mm)
Shimano FC-M552 2-Piece 42x32x24T, 175mm, integrated BB, 3x10 speed
Sun Ringlé Radium wheelset, 32 spokes, QR
Schwalbe Rapid Rob Performance 29x2.25
Schwalbe MTB SV19 29
Fasten Alu
Selle Italia X1
Easton EA30 30,9mm
Scape Varioclose 34.9mm
12,6 kg

Orbea Alma H30 2011 test bike
Brake Calipers AVID ELIXIR 5
Cassette (Rear Cogs) SRAM PG 1050 12-36 10S
Chain SRAM PC 1051
Crank SRAM X9 GXP 26x39
Pedals NO
Gearing
Derailleur Front SRAM X9
Derailleur Rear SRAM X9
Gears 20
Shifter(s) SRAM X9
Handlebar ORBEA OC-II FLAT
Headset SEMIINTEGRATED 1 1/8
Saddle SELLE ROYAL SETA
Seat Post ORBEA OC-II
Stem ORBEA OC-II
Technologies 4x4 triangle, DCR, Downtube patent, full single-shell carbon stops, BB30, 2010 XC racing geometry, SSN.
Forks ROCK SHOX RECON GOLD 100
Tyres HUTCH PYTHON TL READY 29x2
Wheel Size 29"
Wheels MAVIC 29 TN719 DISC

Thats why I didn't consider the Reba...

So what do you think about these two?
I believe that Cube have managed to put together some nice parts at the bike at a fairly low price but on the other hand there must be a reason why the Orbea bike costs 800 euros more...
 

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I just saw that the post was moved to the shocks and suspession part of the forum. I am sorry for the inconvenience. It was just that I had in mind the bikes (29er ones) and didn't realize that I was posting at the wrong place.
 

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Fair enough then. Cube has a reputation for solid bikes with good builds. Orbea is more of a boutique marque and have marketed themselves as such. Part of that marketing is increasing the price to enhance that illusion.

Orbea's are nice. However, I cannot see whether the Orbea you have mentioned is carbon or not...it does however have a slightly better build spec.

Either way, you will get a good bike. Just depends on whether or not you want to spend the extra 800 euro...
 

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Thank you very much for your answer Shalom

The thing is that the Orbea is a test bike not a new one. So the price is the same as the Cube bike. Orbea bike has an alloy frame. So would you go for the Orbea.
 

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If they both come in at the same price, I would personally go for the Orbea, based on the build. And that is because I personally prefer SRAM to Shimano.

HOWEVER - at the end of the day, ignore that. Test ride both of them and get the bike that works for you. Geometry, ride quality/feel, etc.

It is far more important to have a bike that you are comfortable on, resulting in you riding it more.
 
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