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    few questions on trek 4500

    i'm looking to either upgrade or replace my 2000 trek 4500. a few questions though:
    -i weigh 150 pounds. would i see any real difference upgrading to discs? i try to stick to dry trails, but they can be pretty steep with loose rocks here in jackson hole.
    -any suggestions for a new fork? the original rock shox jett is showing its shortcomings.
    -would it be worth just buying a new bike instead? i've been looking at the trek fuel 70, the specialized fsr xc, and the trek 6500 or 4500 with discs. any other suggestions?

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckydano
    -would it be worth just buying a new bike instead? i've been looking at the trek fuel 70, the specialized fsr xc, and the trek 6500 or 4500 with discs. any other suggestions?
    The bike's 5 years old and aluminum. (6 if it was an early issue) Time for a new one. The mods you describe aren't worth it. Especially for a bike designed around a RS Jett.

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    I agree with Raiyn. The bike is old enough it's worth switching to a new frame so there's no need to worry about fatigue. The Jett is relatively short travel (63 mm?), whereas the standard XC lenght now is 80 mm. It's not a huge difference, but it will affect the handling a little bit.

    For the price range, I'm inclined to say go for the 6500 or an equivalent hardtail, unless you think you'd benefit pretty significantly from a full suspension.
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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamlucky13
    The Jett is relatively short travel (63 mm?),
    My Jett C was 45mm
    Even with the MRP speed springs it was a joke. I finally got fed up with it and swapped in a Surly 1x1 fork so that old Cro-Mo frame can have renewed life.
    Ironically it handles the bumps so much better than that ol' Jett

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    decided to get a jamis dakar instead. it seems like a decent bike, especially because i want to upgrade as i go. unfortunately, i broke the manitou splice comp after only 2 days. the lbs and i both think it was defective from the start, and the loaner fork they're letting me use is a rock shox judy tt. seems like a little bit of a downgrade, but its better than going back to using the 4500 for a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckydano
    rock shox judy tt. seems like a little bit of a downgrade,
    Massive understatement

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    ok so i've had the bike 2 weeks. i was riding today and i snapped my chain. is the chain covered by jamis' warranty? its getting irritating having to take it to the shop twice a week for stupid crap. before the fork broke i had to bring it back in because the crank arms weren't installed correctly. i work every day that the shop i bought it from is open so i can't make it before the races i want to do on wednesday and saturday. grr. i really would rather race the dakar than the 4500 this week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckydano
    ok so i've had the bike 2 weeks. i was riding today and i snapped my chain. is the chain covered by jamis' warranty? its getting irritating having to take it to the shop twice a week for stupid crap. before the fork broke i had to bring it back in because the crank arms weren't installed correctly. i work every day that the shop i bought it from is open so i can't make it before the races i want to do on wednesday and saturday. grr. i really would rather race the dakar than the 4500 this week...
    The crank arms not being installed properly could be the bike shops fault, manitou does have faulty forks here and there, and get a sram chain

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    they said they could either replace the stock chain under warranty or give me a sram chain at store cost. i got the sram chain. they also straightened my derailler arm that somehow got bent now i just have to wait until my fork comes back from manitou so i can get it swapped out.

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