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    I'm picking up my Trek 4300 today

    I ordered a '07 Trek 4300 and it's in the shop today. I'm waiting for my dad to get home so I can pick it up (I'm 14). I got the Matte Smooth Silver/Matte Smoke Silver, in 18". I haven't seen the color in person yet, but on the site and in the catalog it looks really nice. It set me back $349 which, I know, isn't a lot for a bike, but I didn't feel like the 4500 was worth an extra $130. Also I rode a specialized hardrock pro, which i didn't like very much (it was the only hardrock they had, i know it's out of my price range). I'm really pumped. I'll post some pictures when i get it, but probably tomorrow or later, because right after I get it, I have to go to Marching Band practice.

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    Congratulations on the new bike. Make sure to post some pictures and a ride report when you get a chance.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    marching band practice? unlucky but enjoy the bike.

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    So if this is a $350 bike does that make it sub-entry level?

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    Nathan, enjoy your new bike. Post pics when you can.

    BTW - it's not a "sub-entry" level bike. It's an entry level bike which has lots of potential for further use. There is one sweet 4300 on here (user name RICO). Components play a lot in the price of a bike so as you get into the sport, and things break - go better and in a few years, you'll have a re-done hardtail with good bits and no more money invested than if you had bought one with the good stuff to begin with.

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    I paid almost $500 for my 4300 disk version and have sunk another $500+ into it. The frames are solid which is the foundation of a bike. Upgrades will need to take place as things break and wear out. I"ve recently installed a set of Race Face Carbon bars to mine and will be putting on a rear BB7 brake within the next 2 weeks. There's nothing entry about the hardtail Treks besides the options are not top of the line. Easy fix for that is wear them out and replace them as time goes on with top of the line parts.

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    The frame material goes from sl to slr aluminum up until the zr900 hardtails. So your right, basically besides a few small geometry differences they are almost the same.

    Which is why I bought my trek 4300 frame for a 100. Building it with xt/lx components and a manitou minute fork. Eventually I'm going to put on a kula primo frame though.

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    Nice to see you so pumped about your new bike. Enjoy it well and make sure to share pictures.

    As others wrote, your bike is an entry-level mountain bike, which is leaps and bounds beyond any *mart bike, and is a good foundation for making it a better mountain bike. So you definitely made a great choice
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    I forgot to add that once you get in lots of seat time and get good at riding it, there's nothing better than riding and passing or outriding someone on a $2,000+ bike. Have fun on your new bike.
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    Sweet, show us your pics!

    Reminds me, now I'm done messing with mine must do the same
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    Yeah I was about to take a picture, and I asked my dad where the camera was, and he told me to wait until after dinner, so I did. But when I went to take the picture, it was dark so I had to use flash and the reflectors and all bright and it's just not a good picture at all.

    and um... I took off the little sticker that says "warning - don't ride without helmet...etc." should i have left that on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathank8792
    Yeah I was about to take a picture, and I asked my dad where the camera was, and he told me to wait until after dinner, so I did. But when I went to take the picture, it was dark so I had to use flash and the reflectors and all bright and it's just not a good picture at all.

    and um... I took off the little sticker that says "warning - don't ride without helmet...etc." should i have left that on?
    lol, no you didn't need to leave the sticker on. Just make sure to wear a helmet when you go out riding.
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    Ive been riding my 4300 since mid 02. Ive been off 2ft jumps at high speed, raced on and offroad and it's still riding well=) Cept the shifter. But the frame is awsome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIC0
    there's nothing better than riding and passing or outriding someone on a $2,000+ bike. .
    Why?? I could care less what someone else paid for their bike. What about riding becuse you enjoy it. My bike is worth a lot more than I paid for it. I know that you have more in your bike than I do mine,so if you passed me does that make you better?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I got passed by a dude on a Huffy last week pretty badly on a mountain climb.

    I run a 5:20 mile, and normally pass all the casual bikers out there.

    It's good to see folks with good engines. More power to them!

    (I do think it's true though, that your bike quality doesn't really matter too much on the climbs, as long as you can keep pedaling the gearset. However, on a super technical downhill, bye bye Huffy - I'd probably carry the thing down so it wouldn't fall apart)
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    Quote Originally Posted by agarose2000
    I do think it's true though, that your bike quality doesn't really matter too much on the climbs, as long as you can keep pedaling the gearset. However, on a super technical downhill, bye bye Huffy - I'd probably carry the thing down so it wouldn't fall apart)
    I would have to disagree with you on this one. The bike makes a big difference on climbs. That is why nice suspension designs are so expensive. Getting a bike to perform well on descents while being efficient on climbs is one of the biggest challenges out there. On top of that weight, rolling resistance, traction, pretty much everything will have make a big difference on climbs.

    Even on a hardtail the bike will make a difference on the climb. What is the seat tube angle and head tube angle? How long are the chainstays. How does the front suspension work? Does it bob like crazy, does it have a lock out, does it have a "platform"? All of this affects climbing.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    lol, no you didn't need to leave the sticker on. Just make sure to wear a helmet when you go out riding.
    What about the one that tells you that the bike isn't for jumps and stuff like that?

    I only say this because in the thread of the guy who bought a piranha, someone commented on his stickers, but "gritted their teeth in silence towards the safety sticker"

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    Full blown 450CC dirtbikes have stickers that state you should not race or jump your bike.. LOL stickers are funny..
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathank8792
    So if this is a $350 bike does that make it sub-entry level?
    Uh..........yeah, whatever that means. For what it's worth, i got a couple 4300's. One has over 10,000 miles on it and the other has over 6,000. I figure they have thousands and thousands of miles left in them.

    So are they entry level? I guess.....whatever that means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agarose2000
    I got passed by a dude on a Huffy last week pretty badly on a mountain climb.
    There aren't too many kinds of bikes I haven't been passed by. For that matter, there are too many types of riders I haven't been passed by either. I always enjoy it when I'm out for a nice easy recovery ride or riding with some newer riders and I get passed by someone working their butt off so they can brag to their friends about passing some slow wannabe on and expensive bike.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    My bikes not top of the line but I like it alot and its the nicest bike I've ever had. I want to find a fs frame to build now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    There aren't too many kinds of bikes I haven't been passed by. For that matter, there are too many types of riders I haven't been passed by either. I always enjoy it when I'm out for a nice easy recovery ride or riding with some newer riders and I get passed by someone working their butt off so they can brag to their friends about passing some slow wannabe on and expensive bike.
    I could pass you that way, then I would brag to all the BF members about how I blew LowCell off the trail. It would be another feather in my helmet.I could hear me now..........." well you see,I was on my ole heavy Bullit and I climbed by LowCel sooooo fast I sucked the oxygen out of the air and he had to stop to recover"............yeah,that would be great!
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIC0
    Full blown 450CC dirtbikes have stickers that state you should not race or jump your bike.. LOL stickers are funny..
    Oh ok, I was just wondering if I did something wrong. Thanks!

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    I bought a milkshake yesterday and the cup had writing that read "caution contents may be hot" .. Stupid lawyers.

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    Oh i love stupid stickers and warning signs. Does anybody have good ones? I like "don't operate on lawn mower while engine is running"

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