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Old 07-14-05, 01:46 PM   #1
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Want new bike!

After having my Specialized Hardrock stolen after owning it for only a year, I would like to get something else, and am considering different brands, but I'm not familiar with how the different brands stack up against one another.

How would you rank, in terms of quality "in general"; Specialized, Trek, Marin, Schwinn, Giant, and any others that come to mind?
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Those are all good quality bikes. I would avoid new schwinn though. It's going to be hard for people to rate those. It won't be objective at least. Go ride all of them! Find one you like the best and buy it. In the Hardrock price range pretty much all bikes are going to be speced out very closely. Good brakes on one model may come at the sacrifice of a good crank, etc. You get the drift. Components are components though. Get a frame that fits. You can always upgrade components. If you go with the Hardrock again you can get a 2006 model! I have ridden them and they are really nice! New parts, colors and frame for this year. It is worth a look! I also thought the Trek 4500 was nicely done for sub $500.00 It has lots of Shimano parts.
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I don't know how much you want to spend but if you look in the "around $500 MTB" thread at the top of this forum, you will get good info.
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Specialized, Giant, Trek, Marin, Schwinn.
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After having my Specialized Hardrock stolen after owning it for only a year, I would like to get something else, and am considering different brands, but I'm not familiar with how the different brands stack up against one another.

How would you rank, in terms of quality "in general"; Specialized, Trek, Marin, Schwinn, Giant, and any others that come to mind?
I had my hardrock stolen and got insurance money for it. Have you tried your insurance?

From best to worst IMO (out of the list you provided)

1. Specialized
2. Giant
3. Marin
4. Trek
5. Schwinn
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I asked about getting insurance money, but it would have eliminated my claim-free discount, and I only would have gotten $100 after my deductible. So I ended up with nothing from insurance.

Thanks for the ranking too! I may look into a Giant as an option.
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what bike you looking at?
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Not sure which one exactly. Still doing research on what features to look for. I have a used Specialized Hardrock that is a few years old and in great condition, but the ride is very rough and don't understand why. I lowered the air pressure and changed the seat, but it's still rough. I used to have a Hardrock with an aluminum frame and it was confortable. This one is Chro-moly, which people say should be more comfortable, but isn't. I'm afraid of making the same mistake again when buying.
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if you are really bugged over that, i dont think you are going to enjoy a ht as much as you would a full-suspension. i would look at the giant trance, if you want a giant. i am not sure how the trails are were you live, but around here we have alot of rocks, roots, and weathers trees on the trails. so i am riding a full-suspension and i love it, i just roll right over the rocks and what-not. it soaks up what small drops i do go down. if you have the funds, i would go with a full-suspension.
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The brands really don't matter and a subjective ranking really isn't going to help. It's about the individual bikes. But what the hell:

Specialized
Marin
Trek
Giant
Schwinn
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Use an HT. Better to learn on. Don't complain about rough rides, get a better fork and use your legs as suspension. Stop sitting all the time!! Also, ask for a test ride so you can feel the bike before you buy it!!
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Use an HT. Better to learn on. Don't complain about rough rides, get a better fork and use your legs as suspension. Stop sitting all the time!! Also, ask for a test ride so you can feel the bike before you buy it!!
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everyone says it is better to learn on a HT i really dont think that is all that true, than agian i am no pro in mountain biking.
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I think that with a HT, you become one with the bike. You learn to use your body to soak up hits and jumps which in turn teaches you how to use your body weight and where to put your body on the bike. While a FS, kind of can make you lazy and just let the bike soak up the hits.
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