Mountain Biking - Specialized Hardrock, Trek 4300, Trek Bruiser 1 ???
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I'm having a hard time picking a bike. Any reasons why I should go with one over another?
I'm no expert so you decide what my advice is worth.
From what I can tell, the Specialized and the Trek are largely the same bike with same/similar/equivalent components. The major difference is the frame. Not sure exactly what the differences are other than the Specialized has a somewhat squared off downtube and the Trek's is more oval shaped. Locally they are the same price.
I chose the Trek after reading reviews online and getting good feedback about the LBS (Specialized and Trek are not sold in the same shop here).
I know nothing about the Bruiser.
i'm getting the bruiser 1 because it's cheap and i'm going to use it more for urban street riding jumping off staircases than long distance or trail riding.
08-19-05, 07:47 PM
for what you just said about the riding you will be doing the bruiser is definitely the best choice.
If practice makes perfect, and no body's perfect, why practice?
The first practice is used as a noun and the 2nd an edjective so its 2 different things.
08-19-05, 11:15 PM
The trek 4300 is a good beginner bike. It is the bike that i started with. Unfortunately, it isn't the best and i soon seen that i was riding beyond the bikes capabilities. The biggest reason that i wanted to upgrade from my 4300 is the brakes. I bought a gary fisher that has hayes hydraulic disc brakes. If you are uncertain of how much riding you will do; then the trek 4300 will be good for you. You don't want to spend more than you are going to get out of your money.
The bruiser is quite a big diffence of bike than the other two, so it sounds like you are uncertain of the kind of riding you are going to do.
08-21-05, 09:36 AM
The Bruiser 1 isn't something you'd want to take on long distance trail rides. Like everyone mentioned, its a lot better for urban or a combination of other riding styles. The 4300 is better for long distance riding, but I wouldn't recommend that one for jumping off of things...
08-21-05, 03:50 PM
i had the exact same debate... i'm now going for the 06 hardrock because it looks better than the bruiser, and as far as i know it will do some of the same things (i hear the frame is pretty beefy...)
08-21-05, 05:01 PM
don't buy a bike on looks. performance!
lol bruiser 3 has both!:)
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