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Hi found both of these bike on craigslist in good condition and was wondering which one is a better deal

the 2003 big hit comp is 450 and the 2009 otero super is 300

BigHit Comp
FRAME Specialized FSR technology, A1 Premium Aluminum TransForm Monocoque frame, asymmetrical 6mm offset rear triangle, 4-position adj. travel/head angle standard link, 3-position spring rate progression adj., full sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 5.5"/6.3" travel
REAR SHOCK Fox Vanilla R, external rebound adj., coil spring, stainless steel pin, 7.875" x 2.25"
FORK Marzocchi Dirt Jumper II, 130mm travel, 1 leg preload adj., 1 leg air spring adj., internal rebound adj., QR20+ Dropouts
HEADSET Tank MX, 1 1/8" threadless, Cr-Mo cups, loose ball bearings
STEM Truvativ Hussefelt forged stem, 5 degree x 40mm, black
HANDLEBARS Specialized BigHit rise bar, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 6 degree upsweep, 9 degree backsweep, 670mm
TAPE / GRIPS Specialized MTB grip, black, double density Kraton
FRONT BRAKE Hayes HFX-9 full hydraulic disc, 8" rotor
REAR BRAKE Hayes HFX-9 full hydraulic disc, 6" rotor
BRAKE LEVERS Hayes HFX-9 full hydraulic disc
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano M-570 LX, E-type, bottom pull
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano M-750 XT, long cage
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano M-510 Deore, 9 speed
CASSETTE Shimano HG-50 LX, 11/34
CHAIN Shimano HG-73
CRANKSET Truvativ Holzfeller 7050, ISIS spline, 7050 alloy, 170mm
CHAINRINGS 44Ax32Sx22S, 4 bolt, compact 104/64mm pattern, 5mm thick 7050 alloy bash/rock guard extra
BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ ISIS DH, 73mm shell width, 118mm spindle length, E-Type
PEDALS Alloy platform, 3mm pressed pins, 9/16" Cr-Mo axle
RIMS Sun Single Track, 26" front, 24" rear, black, eyelets
FRONT HUB Specialized Stout disc, 36 hole, cartridge bearings, 20mm alloy thru-axle
REAR HUB Shimano M-525 disc, 36 hole, sealed loose ball bearings, alloy Q/R
SPOKES DT Swiss 2.0mm stainless, black, brass nipples, 260/258mm front, 231/233mm rear
FRONT TIRE Specialized Roller 26 x 2.6" medium compound, Steel bead, Cap Ply
REAR TIRE Specialized Roller 24 x 2.6" medium compound, Steel bead, Cap Ply
TUBES Specialized 24/26" x 2.4/2.75", schraeder valve
SADDLE Specialized BigHit, 8mm steel rails, X-Brace
SEAT POST Alloy, black, 30.9 x 300mm
SEAT BINDER Alloy collar with Q/R, 34.9mm clamp I.D., black
NOTES Chain stay/seat stay protector, derailleur protector, reflectors, owners manual

Otero super

New Mongoose design heat treated alloy adjustable travel 2.5-4.4" (62-112 mm)
Fork: SR/Suntour X1 DA 100mm travel w/ magnesium legs, alloy stanchions, and rebound adjust
Rear Shock: SR/Suntour XC Pro-S-DA, air spring, rebound adjust
Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive 42/32/22T
Bottom Bracket: FSA Power Drive BB
Pedals: Mongoose alloy platform
Front Derailleur: SR/Suntour FD-DURO504
Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX-5
Shifters: SRAM SX-5 triggers
Freewheel: SRAM PG-950 11-32t 9sp
Chain: KMC Z-9000
Rims: WTB SX24 disc specific 32*
Tires: Kenda Komodo 30TPI w/ yellow logo
Front Hub: Joy Tech disc compatible alloy sealed mech 32h
Rear Hub: Joy Tech disc compatible alloy cassette sealed mech 32h
Spokes: Stainless Steel
Nipples: UCP brass
Front Brake: Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic disc, 160 mm rotor
Rear Brake: Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic disc, 160 mm rotor
Brake Levers: Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic
Handlebar: Mongoose 31.8mm clamp dia alloy 30mm rise
Stem: Mongoose alloy threadless
Grips: Mongoose dual density
Headset: Ritchey OE zero stack
Saddle: WTB Speed V Sport w/ Mongoose logo
Seat Post: Alloy w/ micro adjust head
Seat Clamp: Alloy QR
 

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All depends on the kind of riding that you' be doing and which fits you best. The 2003 BH has probably received a lot of abuse over its 8 year life and is probably in much worse shape than the Otero. However the two types of bikes are polar opposites as the Big Hit is designed for what its name suggest and (though I've never ridden or seen one) the Otero looks more like a full susp xc bike.
 

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yeah i think that im going to go with the otero it is probably in better condition and ill just be riding xc so it will suit me better thanks
 

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Still be sure to check it out really good to make sure there are no cracks in any of the welds and to make sure there is no other structural damage. I know that is a higher end Mongoose but I still do not know what kind of quality the frame is. Just be open when going to see it and check the fit, check for damage, and check to make sure there is no unusual wear on the bike. If all of that checks out then I'd buy it and not look back!
 

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ok will do it says it made out of an Heat treated 6000 series alloy if that means anything but i will defiantly be making sure everything is good and checks out
 
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