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Im stuck between 2 bikes?

GrahamrGrahamr Posts: 34
edited December 2008 in MTB buying advice
The Saracen Mantra 1 08 or the Barracuda Jacabat

the mantra
# Frame: Hardcore and profiled 7005 T6 - suspension adjusted for 120mm of travel Gusseted and reinforced 26" wheel
# Fork: RST "STRIKE" oversized suspension, 120mm travel, disc mounts, adjustable
# Cranks: Suntour XCC-T102 forged alloy 42/34/24 w/guard
# Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge
# Pedals: BMX style alloy platform
# Front Derailleur: Shimano
# Rear Derailleur: New Shimano Altus RD-M310
# Shifters: Shimano ST-EF50/60 combined shift & brake levers
# Cassette: Shimano cassette 11-30 8 speed
# Chain: KMC Z72 8speed
# Hubs: CenterPoint Alloy Disc Hubs with QR front and rear Cassette
# Rims: EX-S alloy single wall tough lightweight rims,
# Tyres: MTB 26x2.35 tyres
# Brakes: Tektro IOX disc brakes with 180mm/160mm rotors
# Brake Levers: Shimano ST-EF50/60 combined shift & brake levers
# Handlebar: Matt black riser
# Headset: Aheadset w/seals
# Stem: Saracen "Blade XC extreme" 4 bolt
# Grips: Diamond Knurl, soft Kraton
# Saddle: *New Saracen Durocover, with new shape, multi stitch top and pressure release Zone
# Seat Post: Saracen "Blade" alloy micro adjust black finish

or the Jacabat

# Frame: Alloy Oversized Trials Style
# Fork: RST Omni 191 Front Suspension
# Transmission: 21 Speed Shimano with Shimano Easy Fire STI Shifters
# Brakes: Front: Mechanical Disc Rear: Powerful Alloy V-Type
# Crankset: Suntour XCC 28 x 38t x 48t, 170mm
# Extras: ATB style bars, stem and saddle, Kenda Tyres 2.1”
# Colour: Arctic White
# Wheels: 26” Alloy wheel rims

Both £239

The Jacabat is lighter and from a local shop it has I rid it round the shop and it was really nimble and light, but barracuda its not that big of a brand so i'm not sure if i should get it? also the one at int he shop had the nicer RST Omni forks whicha re differnet to the cheap 60mm travel forks it comes with everywhere else?

The Mantra is heaver but it has slightly better forks and it looks nice but the reviews for it are mixed and some say its awful.

So what do you think i should get?


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