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Old 02-19-06, 05:13 PM
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Trek 4300 Hardtail compares with......?

I am purchasing a bike this week and have been shown a trek 4300 which meets and exceeds my needs. Do you know what compares in Giant or others?

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Old 02-19-06, 06:34 PM
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The Rincon is probably their comparable model, but you can look at the websites of different manufacturers yourself and find out. I assume you mean comparable price-wise right? Basically just check out different manufacturers websites or go to some LBSs and see what they have in your price range.
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Old 02-19-06, 06:44 PM
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It would be the Rincon. At least in terms of where it falls in the product lineup. Notice, however, that the Rincon has a very different frame. If not bizarre.

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I like the frame idea. It's reminiscent of their FS Trance bikes. I guess it could trick someone into thinking it's a Trance up until they get close up to it =P
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Not real sure why they changed the frame that dramatically but on the plus side it looks like you have more clearance than last year if that matters to you. Maybe that tiny little connector bar has made the frame stronger?
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I believe the Hardrock Sport its also in the same pricerange, I saw a 4300 in a sports shop once, it had an RST Gilla fork, thats the same as the Hardrock Sport entry level mode.
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The Fuji Nevada 2.0 looks the part, and the GT Avalance 2.0 looks to be a great value. That and don't count out Ironhorse. The Warrior line offers a lot of bike for trek 4300 money.

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Thanks for the info. It seems this Trek 4300 would be pretty good -- do you think I should try to upgrade the front derailer from a Shimano C050. And would a LBS do that to make a sale? Or do they usually stick with the package?
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I wouldn't worry about trying to get the Front Derailleur upgraded, it won't matter all that much(not much use). I f anything look into getting a better rear derailleur, they may not pay for it but they are relatively cheap and I'm sure they would install it for free when you bought the bike.
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Thanks for the info. It seems this Trek 4300 would be pretty good -- do you think I should try to upgrade the front derailer from a Shimano C050. And would a LBS do that to make a sale? Or do they usually stick with the package?
That front derailleur is probably the last thing you should worry about. I have two 4300's with over 7000 on one and 6000 on the other. The derailleurs are still original and work fine. I've changed a lot of other things though.

If you are worried about upgrades i would do them in this order:
1. SADDLE- This thing is a butt killer

2. Fork- You can do a lot better.

I guess to be honest, all i would really do is change the saddle. It will reap big rewards. Get a Brooks and ride in comfort forever. Other than that, wear stuff out and then upgrade components as they fail.
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