Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Originally Posted by thethanos
Yeah, I plan on riding both. Ultimately that will influence my final decision. It’s funny, when I ask the sales staff about these bikes naturally the Specialized sales person wants to steer me into purchasing the Specialized and the Trek sales person want me to buy the Trek. When I ask them to expand on the differences between the two the only real answer I get from the both of them is the difference lies in the frame. Theirs being superior.. They are both aluminum and both weigh the same amount (components and all.)
The only difference I can see other than the frame looking a bit different between the two is that the Specialized has a carbon seat post while the trek has paired spoke designed wheels..
Also, there is almost a $200 difference in price between the two… Hmmmm
I think in reality, even the most honest and well meaning sales people are going to recommend the bike that's in their shop if it's a decent bike. I mean, what does a Specialized dealer actually know about Trek bikes, or visa-versa? At least they can ride around the bikes in their shop, and get feedback from customers who own the bikes for their own brand. Even then they often have no idea about their own bikes. How would they know anything about bikes that they don't sell?
So if they sell a bike, and it's a good bike, they're going to recommend their bike. "our frame is better" is sales guy crap where they always feel obligated to "steer" you towards buying their bike.
They both sound like great bikes. Buy whatever fits better. If they're the same, buy whatever looks nicer. If that's the same, buy whatever's cheaper. :-)