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Heya, Choosing between Schwinn S-30 and a Trek

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This is for my college mountain bike, mostly paved hills and such, but I want it to be able to do simple to moderate trails when the time comes (im out in western virginia)

Of course I want entry level, nothing elite. The Schwinn S-30 is at my local wal-mart for $237 (Here is a pic of it, http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/03/86/75...08_215X215.jpg)

Here is what it has:
Schwinn hand-built, trail-tuned 6061 AL dual-suspension frame with 6061 AL rear swing arm
RST 191 CL aluminum suspension forks
Shimano EF-29 trigger shifters
Shimano C050 front and Shimano altus rear derailleur
Shimano 13-28T 7-speed freewheel
We also have a local Trek bike shop im gonna visit later today, but it Should have either the Trek 3700/4100/4300 and depending on the price (<$325ish) I would get the best I can from there, the 4100 has:
FRAME Alpha SL aluminum

SUSPENSION InSync 320

WHEELS Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims; 14G ss spokes

DRIVETRAIN:
crankset SR XCC100 48/38/28
rear derailleur Shimano Acera

Here is a pic of it: (http://www.trekbikes.com/images/bike...large/4100.jpg)


I dont know much of anything about bikes so tell me which is better, or obviously much better hehe, I can't tell , again a majority of my biking will probably be on paved hills, or simple dirt trails/grass

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Heya, Choosing between Schwinn S-30 and a Trek

From what I understand.. Schwinn bikes in Wal-mart are not really made by Schwinn... they just have the name. Personally, I'd go with the Trek from your local bike shop. There are many, many advantages to buying from a local bike shop anyway.. like they can fit you to the bike, will often offer some sort of service package, and are generally just more friendly and helpful.
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Re: Heya, Choosing between Schwinn S-30 and a Trek

TREK...TREK...TREK...TREK....TREK...TREK...

I bought several Wal-Mart bikes before I finally got smart and bought my Trek 4100. I love it. The Wal-mart bikes were CRAP...and that is being nice. The kids that get payed to assemble Wal-Mart bikes get payed by the bike so they are cranking them out as fast as they can. Needless to say attention to detail is non-existant. Spend the extra few dollars and get a nice bike that was assembled with care. The only thing I hate about my Trek is the Fork...The Nsync is a low end fork. I am about to upgrade to a Pilot SL for about $240.

Good luck and did I mention to buy the TREK?
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Re: Heya, Choosing between Schwinn S-30 and a Trek

I owned a Schwinn S-30 for about 20 hours and took it back. It was nice and easy to pedal off road, but out on the pavement, there was no really high gear to get some good speed without pedaling really fast...

Bought a Trek (bit the bullet & got the Fuel 70) 2 days later and love it. It has easier gears than the Schwinn for climbing, and good high gears for the straight aways. I could also adjust the seat up higher than the Schwinn which makes for more comfortable pedaling.
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