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Old 07-05-11, 05:27 PM   #1
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Coming back to MB'ing, basically a beginner and have a few questions!

So It's been about 7 years since i've Mountain Biked (thats what college will do to ya). But now I have a good job and am actually making money (yay) so I can afford a decent bike (not to mention I want to get off my lazy @$$)

Anyways I've read the FAQ so I have an Idea of what Im looking at (theirs a few bike shops around where I live, one sells Trek and something else, the other sells Giant,Surotta,Surly,Cannondale. I've looked at a few Treks (but got weary after reading a thread on here about the frame cracking). (I think the Treks I looked at were a 3series and a Wahoo)
Anyways Im looking to Keep the price under 650$ but onto my questions:

Aluminum Bikes: It seems im pretty much stuck with this.....which is fine but I heard that Aluminum fatigues very easy? Is this still the case? The shop-owner told me that they've pretty much fixed that problem but i wasn't so sure if he was lying or not. What about cracking/bending, is that covered under warranty?

Brand: I literally know ZERO about the brand, I had a Steel Giant (that was old as hell....but never really had any issues) but it was a steel bike and heavy as hell. What brands are probably best for someone that is going to do some trail riding (nothing to rough, but still.....decently hard terrain, no jumping off cliffs or anything ) With a budget of around 650$?

Also random question just for fun: Do those 6k bikes that companys offer (dont worry....im not considering one LOL) but.......can you "notice" a difference between something thats like 6k.....and like 2k (im just curious for you MB enthusiasts)

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Old 07-05-11, 05:38 PM   #2
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i (and probably most people on here) ride an aluminum bike and abuse the crap out of it. don't fear aluminum.

trek is still one of your best bets for a bike, as well as specialized. surly makes indestructible bikes.

yes, you can tell the difference between a six thousand dollar bike and a two thousand dollar bike, if you ride a lot and can feel the difference in bikes and are super "in tune" with bicycles. if you don't ride all that often, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. the more money you throw at a bike, the lighter it gets, the smoother the shifting, better the breaking, etc.
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Old 07-05-11, 05:50 PM   #3
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i (and probably most people on here) ride an aluminum bike and abuse the crap out of it. don't fear aluminum.

trek is still one of your best bets for a bike, as well as specialized. surly makes indestructible bikes.

yes, you can tell the difference between a six thousand dollar bike and a two thousand dollar bike, if you ride a lot and can feel the difference in bikes and are super "in tune" with bicycles. if you don't ride all that often, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. the more money you throw at a bike, the lighter it gets, the smoother the shifting, better the breaking, etc.
Ya I figured, although this thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...r-and-Trek-now!!!!

Scared me a bit......

Also What kinda abuse do you really need to do to get "hairline" cracks. Or is it a relatively uncommon thing... (and is it covered under warranty if it happens?)

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Old 07-05-11, 10:17 PM   #4
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if you drop your bike on the right shaped pointy rock at the right angle, it will crack. my friend rode the centurion (all the trails in moab, 100 + mountain bike miles, in 24 hours) on his aluminum trek remedy without any problems. he also does pretty high drops on it, still, no problems. based off what you said about yourself, i seriously doubt you will ride harder than that, or even close to that, so i don't think you have to worry about it.
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Any bike regardless of what it is made of will crack if it is hit just right. Well carbon fiber may be the exception, very nasty when it fails. Aluminum is tough and sans a manufacturer defect will last you a very long time. It's been as safe of a bet as steel frames were(And still are if you prefer the ride characteristics of steel) right when aluminum was the new material.
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