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Old 07-18-11, 12:50 PM   #1
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Questions about a Trek 4300

I went to the LBS today. My first visit ever. The salesman, who is also a trained fitter, and I discussed what I wanted the bike for as well as a few bikes that I thought would fill the bill for me (Specialized Hardrock, Trek 820 and 3700). He pretty much dismissed those and steered me to the 4300 with V-brakes. From what I read on here, it has all the features I want and need. I'm 6'4" and 300 pounds, BTW. And he said he's put 350 lb riders on them. The only thing that ever broke was a tall chainwheel. So, I kinda got the impression that he's blowing a little smoke, but I wasn't put off. He's got a family to feed. Trek has a deal going right now where I can get the bike for $500. I rode a 21" frame and felt cramped, even after the seat was slid back. Honestly, I think I'd be better on a 22.5. Salesman thinks I could go either way.

So does the 4300 for $500 sound like a good first bike for a guy my size? $500 is my budget, FWIW.

I also went to the next closest LBS to check out the Giant lineup and didn't get any help at all compared the the shop mentioned above.
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Old 07-18-11, 12:56 PM   #2
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Buy the Trek. Get the spoke tension checked after 200 miles of riding.
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4300 @ $500 is a steal ... my LBS lists it at $620.

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Old 07-18-11, 03:44 PM   #4
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Went down to order the bike and was told the Trek 4300 22.5 was out of stock and they didn't know when it would be available since all the other sizes were available. I guess Trek doesn't order frames unless they can order several sizes? Anyhow, I have a Specialized Hardrock Disc 29 on order. Should be here by Friday.
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