Hello, I'm a novice looking to get a bike in the next few weeks. Could I get some feedback regarding the mid-range Trek Mountain bikes? I'm looking at models 4300 ($459), 4500 ($619), and 6000 ($769) (retail pricing, just to get an idea). I'm not going to be hop rocking, rock hopping, thrashing, be featured on the cover of mountainbike or be seen on espn extreme sports with the bike, just weekend riding over entry level to moderate terrain for now, with the potential of moving up to intermdiate status.
(The sticky on this subject is EXCELLENT by the way. Please Read Before asking Question: MTB FAQ.)
To help a novice classify the brand of bicycles, are these bikes the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Honda or BMW of bicycles?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the models listed?
What kind of reputation do the bicycles have on the light/moderate/ trail paths?
How does this price range bicycle fair compared to others in this price range?
Would you consider/recommend a diffent brand or model? (I chose Trek because they have a good, reputable store close to home/work.)
What features would you splurge for?
Other comments or anything else??
Thanks, and I apologize in advance for the freshman level questions.