Mountain Biking - TREK 4300 vs. 4500
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06-06-03, 10:11 AM
LBS has both of these bikes in stock and I'm really thinking about buying one of them. 4300 is like $330 and 4500 is about $420 if I remember right. Anyone out there riding either/both of these bikes? Is the 4500 worth the extra hundred bucks or is the 4300 practically as good? Just looking for some opinons here to help me make up my mind. Will probably just be used for some mild trails and dirt road riding. Not gonna be racing it or anything like that. Thanks! :)
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The main difference that I see are the Fork and the Crankset. Based on these 2 things, I'd go for the 4500. Make sure that you go down to the LBS and ride them both and figure out which one feels better to you.
I like the charcoal paint job on the 4500. They were being sold here in the Bay for about $400, if that'll help you get a lower price ... I almost got a 4500, if I hadn't found the 7000 on eBay. :D
EDIT: The paint job is called "Lava Black"
06-06-03, 01:41 PM
Thanks guys. Actually I like the Orange 4300!! HEHEHE It's just a little bit wild!!! :D
looks to me the frames are the same on both(correct me if i'm wrong). if they are indeed the same frame, i wouldn't mind springing for the cheaper model then replace the parts as i go/as they break.
That's what I've been doing on my Trek 4000. I've already replaced:
Brake calipers: XT rear/XTR front
Handlebars: Easton EA50 2" riser
Tires: Fire XC Pros
Overall, I have loved my frame and I don't plan on changing that any time soon.
Either way you do decide to go, you'll be happy with it. Great frame at a great price.
06-06-03, 10:23 PM
I have an '02 Trek 4300 and my only gripe with it is the fork; it's an RST Capa and it really sucks -- there's a lot of slop in the sliders and you can really feel it when you bump the front brakes. I know that they changed the fork for the '03 models to something else, but just in case I would shell out a little extra for the 4500. Other than that I love the 4300 -- nice frame to work with when you're ready to upgrade.
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