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Old 08-19-05, 10:50 AM   #1
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Specialized Hardrock, Trek 4300, Trek Bruiser 1 ???

I'm having a hard time picking a bike. Any reasons why I should go with one over another?
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Old 08-19-05, 11:05 AM   #2
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I'm no expert so you decide what my advice is worth.

From what I can tell, the Specialized and the Trek are largely the same bike with same/similar/equivalent components. The major difference is the frame. Not sure exactly what the differences are other than the Specialized has a somewhat squared off downtube and the Trek's is more oval shaped. Locally they are the same price.

I chose the Trek after reading reviews online and getting good feedback about the LBS (Specialized and Trek are not sold in the same shop here).

I know nothing about the Bruiser.
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i'm getting the bruiser 1 because it's cheap and i'm going to use it more for urban street riding jumping off staircases than long distance or trail riding.
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Old 08-19-05, 06:47 PM   #4
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for what you just said about the riding you will be doing the bruiser is definitely the best choice.
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Old 08-19-05, 07:11 PM   #5
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If practice makes perfect, and no body's perfect, why practice?
The first practice is used as a noun and the 2nd an edjective so its 2 different things.
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Old 08-19-05, 10:15 PM   #6
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The trek 4300 is a good beginner bike. It is the bike that i started with. Unfortunately, it isn't the best and i soon seen that i was riding beyond the bikes capabilities. The biggest reason that i wanted to upgrade from my 4300 is the brakes. I bought a gary fisher that has hayes hydraulic disc brakes. If you are uncertain of how much riding you will do; then the trek 4300 will be good for you. You don't want to spend more than you are going to get out of your money.

The bruiser is quite a big diffence of bike than the other two, so it sounds like you are uncertain of the kind of riding you are going to do.
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Old 08-21-05, 08:36 AM   #7
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The Bruiser 1 isn't something you'd want to take on long distance trail rides. Like everyone mentioned, its a lot better for urban or a combination of other riding styles. The 4300 is better for long distance riding, but I wouldn't recommend that one for jumping off of things...
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i had the exact same debate... i'm now going for the 06 hardrock because it looks better than the bruiser, and as far as i know it will do some of the same things (i hear the frame is pretty beefy...)
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don't buy a bike on looks. performance!
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lol bruiser 3 has both!
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