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    Trek vs Electra

    Hi all,

    New to this forum, and first post.

    Question;
    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.

    Thank you.

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    Whatcha lookin for in your cruiser?

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    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.

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    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.
    It's none of my business what other people think of me.

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    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.

    Thanks again.

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    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.
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    Great looking bike thenomad.

    Yeah, that is a good point.

    I haven't had any luck finding used ones.

    Thanks.

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    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.
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    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! 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.
    Life is good O^o

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    Pure, their crank forward bike doesn't copy an old schwinn look , but for laid-back riding Its good.


    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...creation/pure/

    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.

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    Thanks guys,

    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.

    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.

    Thanks again.

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