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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-08-2009, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Mountain bike recommendations

I've been thinking about getting a mountain bike, so today I went to go look at some bikes. I rode a Trek 3700, and a 4300. I'm looking to spend about $500 at most. I've never really mountain biked, but am looking at getting into it. Honestly, the only difference I felt between both was that the shifting was smoother on the 4300. But I didn't really ride 'em hard or take 'em anywhere crazy. Just around the block basically. I'm just looking to see what everyones opinions are and if they have any recommendations that are on about the same level as these bikes. Also, any tips, about what to look for or what not, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

Search the forum a little...this was covered extensively last summer. I'd suggest, with your price range, that you get what is comfortable to you especially if you don't plan on going off the pavement too much. I'd also recommend a hybrid type of bike...basically a mtn. bike frame with skinny tires and different gearing.

Trek makes a great bike, I'd suggest Cannondale but only because I've been riding them for 12 years (on my 2nd mtn bike, had 1 roadie, and the wife has a mtn bike).

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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

dude there are TONS of trek 3000 and 4000 series on craigslist. i would def look at buying used and save some cash.

the 4300 has better shifters and derailleurs which is why it shifts better. i think its also 3x8 speed versus the 3700 thats 3x7 and cheaper drivetrain.

ive had 3 treks and 1 giant. definitely like the trek bikes. still looking at picking up a bike just like this as well.


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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

Yeah, only problem is the craigslist bikes are usually too big, as I'm pretty short. What Specialized brand bikes? Yay? Nay?


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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

Specialized are pretty good.
I was at my bike shop last week getting some stuff and ended up talking with the guy about his new bikes. They are called HARO (originally started by making BMX bikes). They had the same components that you could find on a TREK bike, but were 100-200 less. I'm slightly temped by them now that I'm going to actually buy a nice bike soon (I've been riding bikes I've bought from Dunhams Sporting Goods aka cheap) now that I've stopped growing. I'm going to try and make mine last through this year though as my funds are pretty tight.

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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

[quote author=ZeroNine3 link=topic=144525.msg3112407#msg3112407 date=1241843304]
Yeah, only problem is the craigslist bikes are usually too big, as I'm pretty short. What Specialized brand bikes? Yay? Nay?
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what size are you looking for/how tall are you? theres a couple of bikes here for riders of all sizes.

Trek 3700's http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/b...amp;maxAsk=max
4300's http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/b...amp;maxAsk=max


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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

yeah, I emailed the guy with the 4300(discs)... but haven't gotten a reply yet. So I guess I'll wait and see what happens. what do y'all think of the 4300 as a beginner bike?


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Re: Mountain bike recommendations

For your $500 price range I would look at the Gary Fisher Marlin. they come in this awesome lime green color and it is a pretty sick bike for $650. If you dont know, Gary Fisher is the man who invented the mountain bike, his brand is also a branch off of Trek.

Trek bikes will give you a more upright position due to there frame geometry. the treks have a shorter crossbar.

on the other hand the gary fisher geometry is amazing! they use the same geometry on all of there bikes, but they will change up the material depending on the bikes price point. A gary fisher bike will have a slightly longer crossbar bringing down slightly over the bar, positioning you into a more aggressive riding stance.

take a look at the Marlin... its sick!

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/marlin-gs


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