I'm deciding between those two bikes and since I'm not a pro, I cannot spot many differences. I was hoping you guys could help me out.
One notable difference I know of is that Mongoose Capture 11 has more rims than its competitor, I hope that's a good fact, right?
Mongoose Capture 2011 specifications:
Frame: Full Hi-Ten Fork: Full Hi-Ten Crank: 3pc Tubular Cromo, 170mm,33T steel chainring Bottom Bracket: Mid Sealed Bearing8 spline Speeds: 1 Speed Cog Set: Odyssey 13t freewheel Wheels Size: 20" Rims: Alloy 36H front, 48H rear Hubs: 36H Steel, 3/8" axle Tires: Innova (F&R) 2.125 Pedals: Mongoose Nylon Fiber Brake: Pro Rush with Pipeline cable Handlebar: Mongoose Hi-ten 7.5" Stem: Mongoose Front Load50mm Ext. Headset: 1-1/8" Ahead Brake Levers: Rush RX402 hinged Spokes: ED Black Steel Grips: Mongoose Kraton Saddle: Mongoose Slim Seat Post: 25.4 straight steel Seat Clamp: Alloy single bolt slim Extras: 1 pair axle pegs
GT Slammer 2011 specifications:
Type of Frame GT freestyle design, Steel tubes, DT gusset, American BB, seat stay mounted U-brake, GYRO cable guides Fork GT freestyle design, hi-ten 1-1/8" steer, 31.8mm hi-ten blades, 6mmT. Dropouts Crankset Chainwheel Forged steel one piece crank, 170mm / 33T steel GT design Bottom Bracket American loose ball type Cog Set DNP 13T. Cr-mo Chain KMC Z510 Rims Alex G303, pinned aluminum, 32F/36R hole Front Hub Steel body, 3/8" heat treated axle, 32 hole Rear Hub Steel body, 14mm hi-carbon axle, 36 hole, single FW threads Spokes 14G Nipples Brass Tires GT Air Bags, 2.1" Pedals GT Jump design, PP material Front Brake Rush 900D, aluminum Caliper Rear Brake Rush 933D, aluminum U-brake Brake Levers Tektro 289A full aluminum lever and clamp Handlebar GT dirt/street Steel, 7" rise Stem GT freestyle drop design, machined GT logo Headset 1-1/8" threadless, steel Grips GT Wing shroom design Saddle GT Slim mini street design, 8mm rails Seat Post Steel, 25.4mm x 200mmL. Seat Clamp Alloy Single bolt Extras SST ORYG, one pair GT 36mm OD x 97mm forged steel pegs
After what @mathew suggests, I have found 2 other competitors:
GT Performer 2011 for $369, of which the description says:
Type of Frame GT Freestyle Design Frame with Cr-mo main tubes, machined 1-1/8" headtube, 19mm CS, DT gusset, Mid BB, seat stay mounted U-brake, and GYRO cable guides Fork GT freestyle design, Cr-Mo 1-1/8" steer, 31.8mm hi-ten blades, 6mmT. Dropouts Crankset Chainwheel GT tubular Cr-Mo 3pc., 8T spline, single bolt clamping, 175mm / 25T steel GT design Bottom Bracket Mid size sealed bearings, 8 spline Cr-Mo axle
Versus Mongoose Article 2011 for $329, which has:
Frame: CromoFront Triangle Fork: Cromo Steerer Crank: 3pc Tubular Cromo, 175mm,25T steel chainring
Is any of these latter two better/worse, or are they the same?