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2012 Mondraker Play 3 vs 2012 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon

The Mondraker Play 3 is a Street bike, while the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon is a Trail bike. The Mondraker Play 3's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon's is Carbon. The Mondraker Play 3 has wheels, while the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon has wheels. The Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon has Fox forks. The Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon retails for $6,100 USD. The Mondraker Play 3 comes in M, S, while the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon comes in S, M, L, XL.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Play 6061 Square Street Hydroformed Old School
  • RST Dirt T, 100mm
  • Formula Alloy
  • Alex Rims DM-22 Disc
  • Stainless black
  • Kenda K-Rad 26x2.30
  • 420, , 42/32/22T, Kmc Z-72
  • Suntour XCT-V2
  • -30, CH-52 Cartridge
  • Sram 3.0
  • Sram X4 medium cage
  • Sram Trigger X4
  • Tektro Novela, Tektro Novela
  • Abyss 31.8mm 9º 710mm
  • Mondraker Play series Pivotal
  • Abyss Dirt pivot 350mmx31.6mm, , ,
  • Onoff Morph Slope II 50mm 31.6mm
  • Street translucend 130mm
  • CH Aheadset
  • FACT IS-X 10m carbon front triangle, M5 rear triangle , tapered HT, replaceable ISCG mounts, 142mm dropouts, full cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 160mm travel
  • Fox 36 TALAS R, air spring, tapered alloy steerer , reb adj., 20mm thru-axle, 160/120mm travel, 160/120mm
  • Fox RP23 Adaptive Logic with Boost Valve, reb and separate climbing setting and custom 3-position low-speed comp adj. , 8.5 x 2.125"
  • Roval Traverse, w/ 20mm thru end caps, 27h Roval Traverse 142 +, 12mm thru-axle, 32h
  • Roval Traverse, alloy disc, 28mm, 27/32h
  • DT Swiss Super Comp, 2.0/1.65/1.8 stainless
  • Specialized Butcher Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready , aramid bead, dual-compound, 26x2.3" Specialized Purgatory Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.2"
  • 419mm, , 36/24, w/ Gamut bashguard, KMC X-10, 10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
  • Custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 10-speed AM double, GXP spindle , removable spider, Gamut shiftguide, S: 170mm, others: 175mm
  • 350mm, SRAM GXP, outboard bearing
  • SRAM X7, 10-speed, S1 direct mount for DMD
  • SRAM X0, 10-speed, mid cage
  • SRAM X9, 10-speed, trigger, w/MatchMaker clamp
  • Custom Avid X0 World Cup, hydraulic disc, carbon lever blade , alloy backed semi-metallic pad, Custom Avid X0 World Cup, hydraulic disc, carbon lever blade, alloy backed semi-metallic pad, , Avid X0 carbon lever w/tool-less reach adjust, w/MatchMaker clamp
  • Specialized All-Mountain low-rise bar, 7050 alloy, 720mm wide, 8º backsweep, 6º upsweep, 31.8mm
  • Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
  • Specialized Command Post BlackLite, 3 position, adjustable height w/air spring , remote operated, single bolt head 30.9mm, S:100mm travel, Others:125mm, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt, 30.9, 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt
  • Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp , adjustable rise, S: 60 M: 60, L: 75 and XL: 90
  • Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Others: Grappler XL
  • 1-1/8 and 1-1/2" Threadless, Campy style upper with 1-1/2" lower, cartridge bearings

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

A wise Mountain biker

What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.