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Old 08-12-09, 06:09 PM   #1
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Choosing an entry model

I have a choice between a Trek 3700 (LBS) at $460 and Infinity Arrow built by ABM (Costco) at $401.

Bikes are equipped with almost the exact same Shimano Acera hardware and warranty. The only difference are:

The ABM reputation, never heard of them ???
The ABM comes with front & rear disk breaks
The Trek is about $59 more but comes with conventional brakes...

Will be using for city training and occasional real mountain bike trails. No jumping of any sorts.

ref: Link to Trek 3700

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Old 08-12-09, 06:24 PM   #2
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Between those two, go for the Trek.

I recently helped a friend shop for an entry level bike and was able to find him a leftover 2008 Raleigh Mojave 8.0 at a LBS for $469. If you can find something like that, you will do MUCH better. My advice is keep shopping.
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Looked around for a better deal and I settled on the Trek 3700 witch he left at $400 taxes in...

Thanks for the advice.

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The LBS suggested an 16" frame and I am 5' 7.5" In the store everything was fine but once on the pavement it feels short. When I put my seat in the highest position for city commuting I swear I could use another 1" in seat height. According to the LBS and the Internet's infinite wisdom, the size is right, I have enough clearance when standing over the frame with both feet on the ground. While pedalling I supposedly have the right bend in my knees...

But the seat feels so awkward and low compared to my road bike. Should I get the 18" instead?

Peter

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Old 08-14-09, 10:11 AM   #5
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The LBS suggested an 16" frame and I am 5' 7.5" In the store everything was fine but once on the pavement it feels short. When I put my seat in the highest position for city commuting I swear I could use another 1" in seat height. According to the LBS and the Internet's infinite wisdom, the size is right, I have enough clearance when standing over the frame with both feet on the ground. While pedalling I supposedly have the right bend in my knees...

But the seat feels so awkward and low compared to my road bike. Should I get the 18" instead?

Peter
it is possibly you are more leg than torso...

i'm about half leg half torso... try the next size up... i rode too small of a bike for along time and it just sucked.

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The LBS suggested an 16" frame and I am 5' 7.5" In the store everything was fine but once on the pavement it feels short. When I put my seat in the highest position for city commuting I swear I could use another 1" in seat height. According to the LBS and the Internet's infinite wisdom, the size is right, I have enough clearance when standing over the frame with both feet on the ground. While pedalling I supposedly have the right bend in my knees...

But the seat feels so awkward and low compared to my road bike. Should I get the 18" instead?

Peter


I have ridden a 17.5 / medium for years and I'm 5 '10. Mountain bike sizing typically runs a little smaller than road bikes as it increases maneuverability. You could try adjusting the saddle's setback or possibly invest in a longer stem to spread out your cockpit. Right now Easton is clearing out it's two bolt stem design so you can get a really nice stem for 20 bucks and better than anything that would have come stock on your bike for 10. Just some thoughts....

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It should be noted that I've got a long torso compared to my legs. I don't see it but people helping size me for bikes, backpacks, etc. do which means I've ended up on smaller bikes....
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Thank you for the sanity check guys.

Not sure if I have more legs then torso but I definitely don't have short legs. Tried to slide the seat as far as possible and it helped, but did nothing for height from the pedals to the seat. Went to the shop and tried an 18" and decided to go with the 18". The owner did not even blink and said it was fine to exchange. Happy! Clearance standing over the frame with feet on the ground is tighter but still have 1.5" . I know it will be less manoeuvrable on the trail but I can at least adjust the seat down.

Thank you much,

Peter

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