Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston Burbs
Bikes: Diamondback Sorrento, 1978(ish) Peugeot PRN10e
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Is a Trek 4300 FRAME worth sinking money into (or a Canondale M500)?
I got a cheep, cheep 4300 and I thought that I'd strip it for parts. I had no idea what a 4300 was other than a brand-name bike so the parts must be OK to use on other projects. Well, the thing LOOKS like a big BMX bike with gears so I said to myself (with three other entry-level MTBs) let's build it up and ride it like a big BMX bike and see what happens. Well, in expenditures, now about 1/2 way to the cost of a brand spanking new 4300 and I'm not nearly done yet. Sure, the components will be a step or two up from stock when I get done and the MAIN point of the build is the experience of the build but I'm starting to wonder if I am throwing good money after bad. I also have a HUGE M500 frame that I was saving for another project. Would I be better off putting my shiny new bits on THAT and calling it a day or will the 4300 frame hold out and make a serviceable platform for a middle-aged BMX/trail bike with gears?
"I'm built like a marine mammal. I love the cold! "-Cosmoline
"MTBing is cheap compared to any motorsport I've done. It's very expensive compared to jogging."-ColinL
1999-ish Diamondback Sorrento (I'm not Dead Yet! I feal happy. I think I'll go for a walk!)
1980ish Raleigh Marathon (Vintage Steel)
2007 Gary Fisher Advance (giving the Sorrento a break)
2006 Trek 820 (Captain Amazing)
2010 Specialized Tricross (Back in Black)
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