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    Help buying a mountain bike

    Hi my girlfriend is looking to get a mountain bike.. And we have found two in the price range were looking at..
    one is a 2006 trek 820 and the other is a 2001 trek 6000.

    Which one would be the better buy. both are the same price.

    I know the 6000 is a better bike but being that old is the 820 the better way to go?

    Thanks alot for any help

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    Hi, I'm not familiar with the 6ooo but I do have a 2009 820. IMO the 820 is an excellent bike. It's durable and quite comfortable once you tweek it to preference. You can experiment with tires to get the perfect ride. It's not a light bike but it's definetly sturdy. I don't know what kind of riding you'll be doing but in my case light trail and urban road are no problem for this bike. Good Luck , Happy riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by noah_jw View Post
    Hi my girlfriend is looking to get a mountain bike.. And we have found two in the price range were looking at..
    one is a 2006 trek 820 and the other is a 2001 trek 6000.

    Which one would be the better buy. both are the same price.

    I know the 6000 is a better bike but being that old is the 820 the better way to go?

    Thanks alot for any help
    Do you mean a Trek 6500 or a Trek 6700? BikePedia doesn't list a 6000.

    I'd say that the 2001 Trek is a better way to go regardless of age. The 820 was a $250 bike new which doesn't buy much bike at any point in history. It's steel and it's going to be a tank. A tank mountain bike is no fun to ride if your girlfriend wants to ride off-road and it's hardly fun to ride on the road...it's still a tank.

    The 6500 was an $800 bike with okay...but much better than the 820...parts. If the bike is a 6700, it's got a better shock and a few better components and was about $100 more expensive than the 6500. Both are aluminum frames which are going to be lighter than the 820.

    I'd not pay more than around $200 for either of the 6000 series bikes. I don't think I'd pay much over $125 for the 820 and I doubt I'd go that high.
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