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Old 12-13-06, 11:43 PM   #1
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entry bike opinion-brakes

I'm looking at buying a trek 4300 or Hardrock in the next month or two. Should i go with disc brakes now, or wait and upgrade later? After reading alot of the threads that most of the components on "entry" bikes will have to be upgraded in time. So I wanted to make sure the disc brakes are worth it or upgrade later.

BTW, new to the forum, lots of great info on here.

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Old 12-13-06, 11:45 PM   #2
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well i don't know, but unreal cycles has some smokin' deals on brakes until the new yr or they run out. you could buy some in advance of whatever bike you get.
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Old 12-14-06, 09:18 AM   #3
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Those deals arent bad but it looks like pricepoint has better prices. PP has BB7 for $60. But still left with the original question of starting off with or without disc.
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Those deals arent bad but it looks like pricepoint has better prices. PP has BB7 for $60. But still left with the original question of starting off with or without disc.
Unreal has BB7's at $45.00. If I am doing my math correctly they are cheaper than PP's $60.00.
To the OP....I JUST went through the same thing. Buy discs now or later. What I found is this. I was better off buying the most bike I could now minus the discs. You can upgrade to discs easily and cheaply later just make sure the bike is disc ready with the disc ready hubs frame and fork.
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I started with a $1600 (list) bike and have upgraded over the years to the tune of about $1400. My wife's $700 hard tail (6-years ago) has an additional $1000 into it. They all get upgraded if they are ridden. I'd go disc right off and preferrably Avid mechanicals.

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Well, thanks for the advice. It looks like I'm not gonna need it. Today I found a pretty new Specialized hardrock sport on craigslist for $200. It was put on this morning, and when i called the guy about it I was the third one. Fortunately I live really close and was able to convince him I would be there in 10 minutes and there was no need to drive to Tampa to show someone else the bike. He turned around, and now I have a beautiful Hardrock sport(no discs) and a never used helmet, a bike chain cleaner, and a bonus set of gloves i found in the bag under the seat after I left.

So it looks like I will be upgrading later instead of buying a bike with discs. Couldn't pass up on a great deal.

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Yay! I've had the MTB itch and now I can afford to scratch it.
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