Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: London but shortly Sydney
Bikes: Bianchi Road Bike & Gary Fisher Mountain Bike
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Great to hear you want to take it a little more serious. I have a hardtail which I use for all sorts of different cycling and it works great.
I don't know much about the specific bikes you mention, but some things that may help:
- Call around or look online for 2007 models, they will be discounted and you will get a better bike for your money (e.g. on Evanscycles the 2007 Trek 4300 is at £270 but in limited frame sizes).
- Try and get the best frame you can because you can replace the other parts over time - I normally look at the frames as they go up the range for a specific manufacturer and often you will find bikes that have the same frame as the more expensive ones in their range.
- At this pricepoint the front forks on some bikes will just be heavy springs that will bounce you down the road. It is worth looking for reviews specfically on the forks of any bikes you are considering.
Hope this helps and enjoy the shopping