Originally Posted by ra2bach
buffallodan, I ran across your thread on the Speedzilla site asking about the "Differences of TE-610 & SM-610?"
I'm interested in what you ever came up with as I'm considering the same thing. I'm looking for probably 50/50 dirt/road use. Have you found out, or do you believe, it's better to get the TE and buy a set of SM wheels, or buy the SM and get the off-road wheels, etc.?
I had some ideas going into this but I'd like to get your opinion which is the most feasible...
I wanted to do more offroad so I went with the TE as to not sacrifice suspension travel. The SM has stiffer suspension as well as being shorter by about an inch. Considering I can't out ride the TE with street tires on, I think it makes a good curvy road bike as is and you can raise the forks in the stantions to quicken handling as well...so far no regrets on going with the TE and unless I have some disposable income I won't be getting 17's for a while and will use the Pirelli AT90's for pure street miles.