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2012 Mondraker Play 3 vs 2012 Trek Fuel EX 9.7 E

The Mondraker Play 3 is a Street bike, while the Trek Fuel EX 9.7 E is a Trail bike. The Mondraker Play 3's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Trek Fuel EX 9.7 E's is Carbon. The Mondraker Play 3 has wheels, while the Trek Fuel EX 9.7 E has 26" wheels. The Mondraker Play 3 comes in M, S, while the Trek Fuel EX 9.7 E comes in 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5".

  • 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
  • OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame, w/alloy chainstay and seatstay , Carbon Armor, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, internal front der cable routing, magnesium EVO Link, oversized pivot bearings, replaceable derailleur hanger, 120mm travel
  • Bontrager Rhythm Comp Disc wheel system,15mm front hub, 142x12mm rear hub, Tubeless Ready
  • 26"
  • Bontrager XR4 Expert, 26x2.2"
  • Shimano M772, 42/32/24
  • Shimano SLX
  • Shimano XT M780, 10 speed
  • Shimano SLX, 10 speed
  • Shimano SLX M666 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Bontrager Race Lite Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 9 degree sweep
  • Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
  • Bontrager Rhythm Elite, 31.6mm
  • Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm
  • Cane Creek IS-3, E2, alloy cartridge

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.