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Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
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Recalculated budget, please advise
The LBS that impressed me the most (offers good deals on service to customers, etc) deals in Trek and Klein and originally pointed toward the Trek 820 based on my $300 college-student budget. I thought yeah cool and all at first, but started looking real hard at its shortcomings: Steel Frame, cheap wheels, bottom end shimano, RST fork and realized it would not do. That ( and reviews from mtbr.com) led me look at the Trek4300 and the 4500 aluminum. I would appreciate comments from anyone with experience on these rides.
Other, less impressive, shops in the area offer Specialized, Gary Fisher, and Raleigh. So I would also like to know about hardtails by them in the $300-$500 range.
Thanks for you help
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