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Old 04-02-07, 09:27 PM   #1
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New rider.. Trek vs. Gary Fisher-???

I'm new to the sport and trying to determine what would be a good bike to start on. I have been between Trek 3000 - 6000 series or Gary Fisher and have a limited budget. Any suggestions where I will get most bang for my buck??
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Old 04-02-07, 11:15 PM   #2
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Considering Trek owns Gary Fisher they will be pretty close as far as bang-for-buck. I enjoy my trek. Id look at a trek 4300-4500. They are great starter bikes.
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Old 04-03-07, 07:14 AM   #3
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In my opinion, Trek and Gary Fisher use pretty similar component specs for their price points. Gary Fishers often have a cooler paint job, but I think the most important difference is the geometry. My LBS salesman said GF's are made for people with longer torso's who don't feel comfortable on Treks. He said most often people either fit a Trek well or a GF well but most people don't like both. I really liked GFs so I tried a 17" 19" 21" and I think a 23" too, for good measure. They all felt terrible. they rode fine but i couldn't feel comfortable on them, they felt weird. then i tried a Trek and a Giant, the Trek and Giant both felt comfortable and natural right away. So I recommend test riding both before buying one. I still think GF's look cooler though.
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Test ride, test ride, test ride! As mlh122 said, the bikes are similar, but tend to fit differently. Go ride them both and then decide. Also check out Specialized and Giant. They will have a similar feel to the Trek, but are still a bit different.
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Old 04-03-07, 11:24 PM   #5
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I test rode Trek, Specialized, GT 1.0 Avalanche & Gary Fisher Piranah.
I have a slightly longer torso & felt most comfortable on the Piranah. SO I got it 6 weeks ago.
All were very close in price, the GT had better components but less clearance to top tube.
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I had a 2004 Gary Fisher Zebrano, and really liked it. After it was stolen- I tried out a 2006 Trek 4900 Disk, and it felt wonderful. Not to mention I got a brand-new one, for $220. Test ride all the bikes you can, and get what you can afford. Avoid the sporting goods store bikes, at all costs.
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Old 04-06-07, 11:22 AM   #7
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I recently bought a Trek 6000 and love it. It's my first MTB and has all the right stuff (disc brakes, 27spd, and deore deraileurs) to keep you going for a while before you'll need an upgrade. It's a little more money than a 4300, but worth it in the long run.
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It seems to me that even though Trek own Fisher, the Fisher MTB's are usually better bang for the buck.
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I had a 2004 Gary Fisher Zebrano, and really liked it. After it was stolen- I tried out a 2006 Trek 4900 Disk, and it felt wonderful. Not to mention I got a brand-new one, for $220. Test ride all the bikes you can, and get what you can afford. Avoid the sporting goods store bikes, at all costs.

Where did you happen to find a TREK 4900 FOR $220?? Sound like you got a hell of a deal....
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Yeah, a friend recently upgraded to a 2007 Specialized Enduro- so he didn' t need the hardtail anymore. So, I jumped on the offer. Best $220 I spent!

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Old 05-11-07, 06:40 PM   #11
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i bought my first mtb last year Its a GF adavance, I think it was $399, or $349 or something like that. I love it, feels comfortable to me, but what do I know I've never ridden "seriously" before.
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