Now assuming fit and frame are relatively the same. I personally would chose option A. 100mm, vs 80mm.....other components (especually LX) are relativly cheap. But then mind you, I'm a big 8 speed lover (when I'm not SSing:thumbsup: ). Worry more about the bigger things, such as forks, wheels, and most importanly your frame. The rest just changes your gear. They are easily replaced if it matters THAT much to you.kylejohn4543 said:So, if you (anyone reading this) had the choice between:
Fork: Manitou Axel Elite w/TPC Lock-Out | 100mm travel | Magnesium lowers
Crank: Shimano M410 42/32/22
Front derailleur: Shimano M-410 Alivio
Rear derailleur: Shimano M-511 Deore
Shifters: Shimano M-511 Deore
Cassette: SRAM PG950 | 11-34 | 9spd
Front Suspension: RockShox Judy J1 w/preload, 80mm
Shifters: Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
Crank: Shimano MC09 42/32/22
Cassette: SRAM PG830 11-32, 8 speed
Which would any of you pick?
Well in that case, you need to make sure you like the fit of a GF, with that whole genesis geometry stuff. Personally I don't like the fit, but as my name says, it wouldn't matter if I did:thumbsup:kylejohn4543 said:sweet. that's the answer i was hoping for.
BTW, Bike A is a Gary Fisher Piranha and Bike B is a Trek 4900
I actually agree with the analogy except for maybe the last line--a LX/XT level Z06 Vette performs almost just as well as the Ferrari 430 / 575 at less than half the cost, but is less polished and shiney.Psycho Mike said:It all comes down to fit, finish, weight, action of the components, throw required and so forth.
I'll take an analogy a little far, but say the Shimano D50 is a Yugo...it's still a car and will get you from A to B, but the quality and features are not that great.
As you move up the lines, you're getting into basic domestics (say a Ford Fusion), then into higher end domestics (Mercury Zephyr or Cadillac CTS), sportier imports (BMW 3 and 5 series) until you start hitting more of the sports cars ('Vettes, Vipers, Porches). Eventually you end up in the Ferraris, Lambroghinis, McLarens and so forth (say XTR stuff). They're still all cars (or components as the case may be), but there can be a substantial difference in the performance as you go between series.