Mountain Biking - Trek 4300 versus Giant Yukon or another brand?
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10-01-05, 03:11 AM
Im new at mountain biking and want to buy a mountain bike.
2 bikes Ive looked at are Trek 4300 and Giant Yukon?
Which is the better bike?
I want to do alot of road riding and some mountain bike dirt tracks and off trail riding.
The bikes are $AUD 700 approxiamately.
I am willing to spend around $ AUD 1000.
So should I buy the Trek 4300 or Giant Yukon or any other suggestions for better bikes would be helpful.
I have the 2005 Giant Yukon and its a great cross country bike.
Other bikes you might want to look at...
2006 Giant Alias
2005 or 2006 Kona Blast
Specialized Hardrock Sport or Comp
2005 or 2006 Kona Firemountain
I have an 05 Giant Rincon, and to be honest with you the bike is alright to ride to school and back, but appart from that, i wouldn't try and do anything more with it. I also had heaps of problems with the crank on the bike, the first day i road it to school the crank arm fell of!, i had to take it back to the shop four times to finally get it replaced (the Rincon is the 'little brother' of the yukon). However the Yukon might actually go alright, i guess since you want to do a lot of road riding it should be alright, although im not sure how it will handle on the trails.
The bike should be alright for what you want to use it for, i personally wanted to get into the dirt jumping and street riding scene so i got a STP Zero.
I have a 1999 Giant Yukon and like it very much. It's a good, inexpensive xc hardtail. It's also good to practice trackstands, wheelies, etc.
I also have a 1998 Gary Fisher Level Betty, a dual-suppension. The Yukon provides a nice contrast and alternative to the Betty.
10-02-05, 07:26 AM
I'm new to riding also and bought a 2005 Trek 4300 Disk version and love it. I"ve taken it to lots of riding parks around my area to do some singletrack and think it's a great bike. I'm good at wrecking also and it's held together just fine. Of course it could have better forks but that's my only complaint, but just about any $500 bike is going to have crappy forks.
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