Mountain Biking - Trek 4300 vs Gary Fisher Wahoo
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06-02-08, 05:51 PM
This is my first post here so be gentle. I'm planning to purchase my first real bike at the ripe old age of 58.Trying to stay on a budget, but agree with most here that I don't want a department store special.After reading reviews and comments I had kind of decided that the Trek 4300 was at the top of my price range seems like a good value for money and is very upgradeable should I really get into it.Then I stumbled across the Gary Fisher Wahoo that seems to get just as favourable reviews and comments as the Trek and I believe both made by the same company.I have a Trek dealer in town and a Fisher dealer. The Trek dealer seems very firm on pricing with the Trek @ $489 cad. How close is the Fisher to the Trek I was hopping I could maybe play both dealers against each other and purchase the best deal. My main use for the bike will be local riding to the store instead of jumping in the car hopefully a little healthier and greener but mainly trail/path rides nothing heavy duty.Thanks in advance for your comments and advice.
06-02-08, 06:24 PM
Ride as many bikes as you can, get an idea which fits you best and which you are most comfortable riding. Once you find which bike seems to fit best, then shop for a dealer-you'll want one with a good reputation, just in case you need warranty service, or don't do your own repairs. Fisher generally will have a longer top tube than a Trek of the "same size". BTW--two different brands of bike in the "same size" may feel totally different to you, so ride a bunch, then find a reputable dealer for the one you like.
06-02-08, 06:29 PM
The Gary Fisher seems to have the better components. The rear derailer is definitely better on the Fisher. My brother just bought a Trek 4500. He said that the difference between the 4300 and 4500 were considerable. The Gary Fisher seems to be spec'd out more like the 4500. I could be wrong, but thats what it looks like to me. Maybe someone here has more experience with the two models. I hope you like the riding. Its addictive. Now that gas is $4 a gallon, the people who used to make fun of me, now ask questions. Now I'M the one making fun!!! Enjoy my friend.
06-02-08, 08:15 PM
THe trek 4300 was only $429 Cad at my lbs last time I checked. Overpriced alert! But they might've added on there own parts or somthing so maybe thats why.
ride them both. see which is more comfy for you
06-03-08, 12:17 AM
Thank you everybody for the great advice. I will try to ride both bikes over the next couple of days. Not really sure what I should be expecting other than feeling comfortable and reaching the pedals. I'm sure it takes a while to develop a seat of the pants feel for a bike.That's why I have to rely so heavily on your unbiased or should I say financially unmotivated advice that you all donate so willingly.
06-03-08, 08:21 PM
I looked at both and went with the Wahoo but that was mainly because the components were a little better and I was able to get a better price on the Wahoo due to the bike store liquidating inventory on one size of the bike. Happened to be my size :)
PS if you can find a store that has left over stock of last years models you can get a killer deal. Mine is an 07 and I got it for $180 less than MSRP about a month ago.
06-04-08, 09:45 AM
Well yesterday went to the lbs that's a GF dealer. I was immediately impressed with their attitude and patience.Well to make a long story short they are moving to a new location in town in a couple of weeks so were a little low on bikes but had a couple of GF Wahoo Disc in stock for me to try.The 17.5" model seemed so comfortable I'm 5'7" and just felt right that I think I'm going to put in an offer for it today. They have it on "sale" for $539.00 cad. I need to have the seat post changed for one that's slightly shorter but other than that it's perfect. I was going to offer them $500 cad and they swap out the seat post. I know that I really don't need the discs but I don't think they would deal if I had them bring in a bike (as their moving).I think if they accept my offer that's a fair deal for both parties??? They also give 12 months service and a small discount on accessories I purchase at the same time as the bike.
Any opinions before I part with the cash are very welcome.
06-04-08, 09:54 AM
Do you have a long torso that you need the top tube length of the 17.5"? I ask because you said you need a shorter seat post. Usually you just drop the post down in the seat tube. If it is still to long, you can cut some of the seat post off. BUT, MAYBe you need the size below the 17.5", just a thought. It is hard to say without seeing how you "FIT" on the 17.5". The Bike Shop should be able to give you the answer.
I know you said this is an "Around town" bike, just make sure it fits correctly "All the way around" so to speak.
06-04-08, 09:33 PM
My Wahoo is a 15.5" and I'm 5'8". I thought that seemed kind of small compared to other bikes but it fits me well.
06-06-08, 02:19 AM
Thanks for all your help and advice. Today I became the proud owner of a 2008 GF Wahoo Disc.
Only took me a few seconds of riding to realize that I really didn't need the seat post chopped, just like my LBS owner said I would not get anywhere near the correct leg extension. It's just that I had not been on a bike in such a long time when sitting on the saddle I could not comfortably reach the ground which made me feel unsafe.I will raise it a little each day as my confidence increases. I must admit in the short time this evening that I had a chance to ride it the bike felt secure and balanced which inspired confidence.
Will have a chance this week end to get out and really see how out of shape I am :50:
Thanks again guys.
06-06-08, 10:08 AM
Good choice! I ended up raising my saddle about an inch to an inch and a half after 1 week of riding and it felt much better.
06-06-08, 10:18 AM
Oh yeah, did you go with the 17.5 or 15.5?
06-06-08, 10:45 AM
I went with the 17.5". Just felt better. I guess I get to fall an extra 2" now:bike2:
06-06-08, 11:30 AM
Gotta post pictures when you get a new ride! :D
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