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2012 Mondraker Play 3 vs 2012 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29

The Mondraker Play 3 is a Street bike, while the Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29 is a Cross Country bike. The Mondraker Play 3's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29's is Carbon. The Mondraker Play 3 has wheels, while the Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29 has wheels. The Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29 has RockShox forks. The Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29 retails for $4,000 USD. The Mondraker Play 3 comes in M, S, while the Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon EVO R 29 comes in 15.5, 17.5, 19, 21.

  • 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 8m carbon, 29" geometry, FACT IS construction , tapered HT, carbon PF30 BB, hollow carbon dropouts, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
  • Custom RockShox SID 29 Brain, inertia valve damper , air spring, tapered alloy steerer, Brain Fade and rebound adj., QR, 15.5": 80mm, Others: 90mm travel, 90mm
  • Roval Control 29, alloy disc, OS 28mm end caps, QR , 32h Roval Control 29, DT Swiss alloy cassette body, 12mm thru-axle, 32h
  • Roval Control 29, alloy disc, 24mm, 32h
  • DT Swiss Super Comp, 2.0/1.65/1.8 stainless
  • S-Works Renegade, 120 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual-compound, 29x1.95"
  • 435mm, , 34T, KMC X-10, 10-speed, w/ reusable Missing Link, nickel plates
  • Custom SRAM carbon S-2200, 34T single ring, PF30 spindle , removable spider, 15.5": 170mm, Others: 175mmCustom SRAM carbon S-2200, 34T single ring, PF30 spindle, removable spider, 15.5": 170mm, Others: 175mm
  • 304mm, SRAM PF30, OS press-in bearing, sealed cartridge
  • e.thirteen XCX chain guide, 34.9 clamp mount
  • SRAM X0, 10-speed, short cage
  • SRAM X9, 10-speed, trigger, w/MiXmaster clamps
  • Custom Formula R1 S hydraulic, FCS and tool-less reach adj. , metallic pad, MiXmaster shift lever mounts, 160mm rotor, Custom Formula R1 S hydraulic, FCS and tool-less reach adj., w/MiXmaster clamps
  • S-Works XC Carbon flat bar, uni-directional carbon, 680mm wide, 8º back sweep, 31.8mm
  • Specialized Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
  • 2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 27.2mm, 350mm 15.5/17.5" , 27.2, 32.6mm clamp size, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt, 27.2, 32.6mm clamp size, 7050 hard anodized alloy collar, single bolt
  • Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp , adjustable rise, S: 75mm, M: 90mm, L: 110mm, XL: 110mm
  • 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 bearing for tapered integrated HT , 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.

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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

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  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.