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Old 08-09-04, 01:31 PM   #1
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Comparision

I need help. I checked the $500 thread but not quite what i was looking for. I have narrowed my choice to 2 bikes.

Trek 4500 (2004) $420

http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2004/mountain/4500.jsp

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Specialized Rockhopper (2005) $399

http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=9339&JServSessionIdroot=2d0y36vew4.j27002

Between the two bikes, and factoring in price which one is a better buy. I am leaning towards the Rockhopper, but i read somewhere the forks changed.

So i humbly ask the MTB forums for help.
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Old 08-09-04, 01:55 PM   #2
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The fork changed from a Manitou Six to an Axel Comp. That's actually a step-up in their fork line.

I tend to like Specialized bikes more, and the new '05 line has not dissapointed me.

I've never been a big fan of Trek bikes, but that's more due to fit.

Regarding bike fit. This is critical. Ride both bikes and re-ride them several times. Buy the one that feels better.

As far as comparing the two side-by-side. They're pretty much the same. Better fork on this one, better derailleur on that one, blah blah blah.

Go for the better fit and you won't go wrong!

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Old 08-09-04, 02:54 PM   #3
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Thanks alot.
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Old 08-09-04, 05:59 PM   #4
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Those two bikes make up 75% of the posts in the $500 bike thread! How did it not help?
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