My Brother asked me to help him decide on these three bikes that he's going to surprise his son with for Christmas... his sons new Trek 3700 was stolen in September two weeks after saving his lawn cutting money to buy it... Some People Make Me Sick!
He Rides XC, local trails, and like 80% Urban riding, with Urban Jumps being the most abusive...
Budget: $450- $500 MAX Out the door
The Bikes in Question
Trek Bruiser 1
Specialized Hardrock Sport
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc
Out the door price quotes from the LBS were...
-Bruser 1: $411.98
-Hardrock Sport: $ 387.98
-Hardrock Sport Disk: $ 477.98
My Brother went down to the LBS and asked the salesperson what he recommended for my nephew with the basic info that I presented here and these were the bikes and quotes he gave him. My Brother isn't into Bikes one bit and knew nothing at all, Knowing I ride he called me and asked my advice. Being kind of new myself, I figured I'd consult the forum.
He said he was most impressed with the Bruiser 1 because, it was pretty much where the salesperson was pushing him and he seemed most knowledged on that model of the three. The Salesperson said that the Bruiser had the best wheelset and forks of the three but, that he liked the Specialized frame a little better but, not worth losing the forks and that with the riding he does, that he doesn't really need Disc brakes but, they would always be a plus...
What do YOU think?