I'm looking to upgrade to a decent bike from my wrecked Target-store Schwinn S60 DSX.
Thanks largely to help on this forum and others, I've narrowed it down to a few ideas... but they range widely. I don't have a lot of money to spend (I'd like to spend $400 to $500), but I don't want to end up with another bike that falls apart like the Target Schwinn did. I use my bike almost daily for commuting and weekly or bi-weekly on the trails.
1) I want disc brakes, but some reviews I've read of the Trek 4300 Disc have me considering a higher price range -- Trek 6000 at $660. (For some reason, the Trek 5000 doesn't have discs.) In your experience, is it worth spending the extra cash that I'm hesitant to spend? Is the 6000 that much better? Will I wish I had spent extra on the 6000 over the 4300 disc if I don't?
2) Does it ever make sense to buy a new bike KNOWING that I plan to upgrade one or several components? Isn't it usually cheaper to buy a better bike upfront than to buy components and add them (even doing the labor myself) later?
3) I've heard some people compare the Trek 6000 to the Fisher Piranha, and I don't think I've heard anything about the Piranha yet (except that Fisher's are for people that are taller than me... I'm 5'11" and 170 lbs.). If you guys have strong feelings about Trek v. Fisher (or any other comparable bike), I'd love to here your ideas. Essentially, I'm looking for bang for the buck.
Thanks for your help!