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Old 08-16-06, 11:46 AM   #1
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Best Mountain Bike for under $500?

What's the best deal on a mountain/trail bike for $500 or under? I would like front suspension and disc brakes if possible. Would I be better off skipping the discs and getting some other options instead?

I'm looking at the Trek 4300 Disc and the Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc. Are there some other bikes out there that would be a better value for the money?

What's the best bike I can get for under $500?

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Old 08-16-06, 12:13 PM   #2
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Specialized Hardrock for the win!
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Old 08-16-06, 12:34 PM   #3
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Old 08-16-06, 12:44 PM   #4
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I'd save up and buy a 9 speed.
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Old 08-16-06, 12:49 PM   #5
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U could probably get a Base Rockhopper for less than 500, but you would have to skip the disc brakes. I was reading that a 500 buck bike would most likely have low quality disc brakes since it have to sacrifice quality for price.
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Coming from a Trek 4300 disk owner I have to go with the Trek...

My buddy has a hardrock and I just don't care much for it. It was my choice before the Trek and I"m glad I went with the Trek. I've upgraded several things on it so I"m not saying it's the best bike ever made but It's been a great handling and durable bike, I"m more than happy with my purchase..
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Old 08-16-06, 04:50 PM   #7
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Ive had the 06 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc for a few months now and i love it....

Make sure its an 07 because its lighter and a few more improvements over the 06
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Please Read Before asking Question: MTB FAQ.
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Old 08-17-06, 07:13 PM   #9
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DId you ever figure out what bike you are going to get?
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Old 08-17-06, 07:29 PM   #10
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I just got home with my 2007 Hardrock Comp Disc. It was $600, but I think the extra $100 was well worth it for the better components. I would try and save a little more.
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I just got home with my 2007 Hardrock Comp Disc. It was $600, but I think the extra $100 was well worth it for the better components. I would try and save a little more.
Hmmm...Hardrock or Rockhopper...What's a better bike?
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It depends which build you get at which pricepoint. The Rockhopper is generally a better bike, but a Hardrock Comp or Pro would be better than a base model Rockhopper IMO.
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Old 08-28-06, 03:04 PM   #13
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I'm facing the same decision as you, img707s. I know that a lot of people say the Hardrock, and that the Hardrock is more durable, but does anyone know which we be a better ride for the streets, as opposed to MTB trails?
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Old 08-28-06, 03:15 PM   #14
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Look at ironhorse bikes as well. They're very good in that price range.
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Old 08-28-06, 03:48 PM   #15
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lol. Like all the others Hardrock would be your best answer.
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I'm going to stray from all of the others and say go with a Gary Fisher.
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i love my hardrock
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I've heard that the Hardrock geometry is different than the Trek 4300. They're both still geared towards XC, right?
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Hardrocks can almost do everying, but it is hard to do everything on the bike.
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What are the advantages of disc brakes. Are they worth the extra money on either of the bikes?
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Another satisfied Gary Fisher Rider here! Look at the Wahoo and Marlin.
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The 4300 gets my vote.......

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Another satisfied Gary Fisher Rider here! Look at the Wahoo and Marlin.

What about an Opie?

Im trying to get more into biking and i have been looking into this bike.
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Hardrock or Wahoo[gary fisher]

opie kinda of heavy,more for clydes,dj.
works ok for xc, but not a stong point.
not a lot of bike for the $ if you need an xc.
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BTW.....nise pic of the 4300!!!
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