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    new '03 Haro ics 5.0 or '05 Trek 6700?

    I'm new to this but want to make sure I get a bike that I can't really outgrow in the next 5 years (grad school will mean I'll be way broke so no new replacement if I choose wrong) assuming some light upgrading is feasible.

    So my options are a "new" '03 Haro ICS 5.0 with LX and XT component mix, feels lighter than the trek by a solid several pounds and its got a Duke XC fork for $900.00 or a new '05 Trek 6700 with the standard component set off the website (not the disk option though) for $800.00. All my research pointed to the Trek and I went to my closest LBS and - no Treks but of course they were more than happy to steer me to a (surprisingly fitting small framed) and well marked down '03 Haro, I have to say I was a bit impressed both with the lightness and the component set, seems to fit well too though a realy small bit high in the stand over - not high enough to be uncomfortable just not low enough to pick the bike up the 3 inches or so I read on some sites about sizing (call it 1 inch from the delicates).

    I then went and found a Trek dealer in town with an 05 6700 brand spanking new on the floor and it is PURTY in the new blue but when I picked up this bike that I had read about being a very nice and light, even raceable frame I was like, Wow thats way heavier than the Haro. I can't find much reviews on the HARO though. 6700 I read a but-load of positive reviews for though.

    I want this light high-end component Haro XC racebike at several hundred less than the sticker but Please advise me, I bow to the wisdom of everyone here's greater experience.

    Thnx,

    Tyler

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    PS I live in S. FL and Grad school in a year and a half will mean Gainsville, Tallahassee, Tucson, Phoenix, or College Station TX.

    I am now fully recovered from a knee blowout with total ACL reconstruction donered from my pateller tendon, (ouch) but I'm still heavy (230lbs). My plans for this bike will be road riding on slicks for a few months to drop weight and recondition myself before trail riding on technical and single track. Then when I move out West who knows? I do know I don't intend to do any really crazy jumps or anything because I'm 32 and if a serious fall off a high desert mountain didn't kill me my wife would for being stupid.

    I will probably want to do some light racing for fun and will certainly feel compelled to embarass my new riding buddies so take this info into consideration when you advise me on my purchase please.

    Thnx again,

    Tyler

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    Both are good bikes.

    I've never really liked Trek bikes, but that due to my body and their geometries. Haro comes from a BMX background and makes great bikes, but builds them stronger than most companies. Is that good? Usually yes, but it makes them heavier, so weight wienies should look elsewhere!

    My vote would be for the Haro!

    BTW, I'll suggest U of F for Grad School. GO GATORS!!!!!

    Decent riding in and around Gainesville! Believe it or not! Ocala area has some KILLER trails!
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    Thnx A2Psychonut, I'm gonna go with the Haro.

    As to grad school it depends on where I get in and its anthropology so U of A in Tucson is VERY GOOD and my top choice, but UF is probably second if I don't decide to specialize in underwater archaeology which will mean TAMU no. 1 and FSU no. 2.

    Again of course that depends on the GREs and who takes me. MY 3.85 GPA, I am confident, will not give me any troubles with any of them.

    Thnx again,

    Ty

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