Beach Cruisers - Trek vs Electra
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New to this forum, and first post.
If you had a choice between these two bikes, what would it be?
New Trek 2008 (I believe) Cruiseliner / $400.
New and current model Electra Sparker Special / $700.
Any and all opinions/comments welcomed.
10-22-13, 10:46 PM
Whatcha lookin for in your cruiser?
I guess the Sparker is everything that I would want and need, aside the bars, oh and the price.
The Trek, I believe to be a good foundation that I could ride as is for now, then build upon later.
10-24-13, 09:16 AM
I do believe that Electra makes a quality product but I find them kind of boring somehow. You mentioned "ride for now, then build upon later", no matter what you do to a Sparker it will always look like a Sparker. The Trek on the other hand I have seen transformed into something that looks completely different than the original.
$300 buys a lot of customizing that you can do yourself, the Sparker is like a custom bike that has been customized for you, then produced in huge numbers.
Thanks for the replies.
Yes, I am going with the Trek. The LBS said that they might be able to sell me just the frame.
10-24-13, 04:39 PM
Go for the Trek. Lower initial cost makes room for improvements of any sort later. You can do anything with a frame, but its nice to have all the parts to make it a cruiser again when you're done. Have you seen any used?
This one looked bad when I got it. I painted and "beefed" it up.
Great looking bike thenomad.
Yeah, that is a good point.
I haven't had any luck finding used ones.
10-28-13, 12:40 AM
Today I just swapped it back to normal after the paint job.
Looking to unload it. I really like the way it feels with riser bars, the cruiser bars sort of ruin the feel.
I would go with in Electra. Trek has gotten out of the cruiser market, no longer building, selling or supporting them. So if you had a frame issue you just might be stuck! :cry: Look around, I'm sure you can get a better price on a year end close out on a new Electra Sparker Special. Also this time of the year there are great deals on Craigslist for bikes that are like new at 1/2 or less the price of new.
My wife and I have three Electras and have been very happy with them.:thumb:
10-29-13, 01:51 PM
Pure, their crank forward bike doesn't copy an old schwinn look , but for laid-back riding Its good.
the derailleur frame model could be Upgraded to a Dual Drive Cassette/IGH combination hub rear wheel
to make a very versatile bike. that riders can stop flat footed for secure comfort.
I just got my wife a Trek Pure Low Step.
This is her very first bike, and she just learned to ride on Saturday.
She is so stoked, and just loves the bike. I scored some major points.:thumb:
There are not many Electras in Hawaii. Even if you can find them on Craigslist, they will always command a premium.
The LBS has some older models in stock, and they are still asking full retail.
I actually ended up getting a SE Racing 26" OM Flyer. It is a really fun and cool bike. Just like being a kid again.
All is good.
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