Specialized Hardrock, Trek Bruiser, or Trek 4300?

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  1. Starbury

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    Just some backround info - I'm a beginner, and I'm looking to use the bike for some downhill, trails, around town...basically anything.
     
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    depending on wether u want a hardrock pro disk because if u do they are all out of stock because i wanted to get one so i hope that could help
     
  4. paigeo

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    Go with the bruiser. For any downhill riding the 4300 won't add up, and the hardrock would never be worth upgrading in the future. I was looking into a bruiser for my fiance, but then he upped his price range, so better came along. The bruisers are awesome bikes with nice componentry...give it a try at your LBS and see how you like it. Ultimately, its about what feels right, so just give them all a try, but my personal favorite is the bruiser. After that I'd go with the hardrock, but thats just me. Let me know how it ends up.


    Hope I helped,

    Paige
     
  5. OscarC

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    Hi, I'm a rodie and ride a $5200 dollar Madone 5.9 which I always prefer to ride...but, I also own the Orange Trek 4300 which I currently train on at night. I definitley would consider myself and advanced to elite cyclist, especially at climbling mountains. I wasn't sure if my $325 dollar trek would fall apart under my hard training but so far it has been great! As it now stands, I am also racing this 4300 and due to my road training, I'm doing very well. I suck at downhills but I leave everyone behind going uphill. It's funny to see the look on peoples faces when I pass them or are at the line with their High end Mnt. Bike. So far so good. I also have a rack on the back of it for the child's seat where I sit my little girl. Great bike! It's really holding up and it is lighter then the full suspension bikes so that's cool with me. I love Trek!




     
  6. triguy98

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    Hard to believe a roadie with a Madone would be satisfied on a crappy bike like the 4300. Its not so much the frame as the shifting. I dont like my XT level shifting nearly as much as even my 105.

    That said, the 4300 is a XC bike, not downhill, freeride, or all mountain. The bruiser is a bit more freeride oriented, but aparently in need of some upgrades. Seems trek has eliminated the bruiser, tho.
     
  7. OscarC

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    Yea, I try not to think about it but I'm an equally crappy Mnt. biker as well. My brothers are the real Mnt. Bikers with the full suspension and stuff. I did notice that if I don't keep the bike clean and lubed the shifiting starts to stick. I'm racing the bike March 4th with a field of 150 riders on a 45 Miler (mostly uphill 8000 ft. of climbing which right up my alley and non-technical down-hills). It'll be interesting to see how the bike handles. I've already been over the handle bars on a previous race going downhill, because I didn't know what the hell I was doing. Anyway, it gives me a chance to spend time with my 3 brothers, so it's cool that my bike sucks. Maybe if I get to be a better Mnt. biker, I'll upgrade. I just really don't enjoy those technical downhills...

     
  8. NYYTEX22

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    :cool: I have a Trek 4300 to ride around town. I took it to a mountain bike park outside of Notrees. But it was a really bumpy and annoying ride. My knees hurt like hell. If you want a bike to ride off roads. Look for a good full-suspension bike. I personally like the Specialized S-works!
     
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