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rockhopper vs trek 4500 vs giant yukon

Old 03-28-07, 04:24 AM
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rockhopper vs trek 4500 vs giant yukon

I read the rules of the forum, have been to a couple local shops, and I think I narrowed it down to:

trek 4500 http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1022600&f=18
vs
giant yukon http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...tain/10/28076/
vs
specialized rockhopper http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...keTab=techspec


boring for those of you with nice fancy bikes, but I am just getting started. i am trying to decide between what seem like mostly minor details on these. I would love to test ride them all, but I am 6'4 and finding any of them in stock in my size has proven nearly impossible, so i am riding them on a too small frame from the start which makes the ride a little weird no matter what.

anyway, the biggest difference i can see from specs is the front fork and disc brakes. Only the Giant has discs. The specialized has a RockShox Dart 3 that has a lockout, trek has RockShox Dart 1, giant has SR Suntour XCR which i have read bad things about. Lockout seems appealing to me since I will be riding to get to the park/trails in the first place and also general around town stuff. Am I right that only the rockhopper has this feature? Does it make that much difference really? I haven't ridden in a long time and never had a bike with suspension.. and short test rides in the shops parking lot don't tell me much about what its like to do 5 or 10 miles on the road.

As a novice will I notice any difference in the shifters? I am leaning toward the rockhopper since it has (i think?) the best front fork but it seems like the Rockhopper also has the cheapest shifter. they all seem to have similar derailers, etc. Do disc brakes matter for someone doing recreational, simple stuff? Are there any other bikes in the ~$500 range I should check out? Am I missing some major detail that makes one better than the rest? Sorry to be a noob.

Thanks for advice
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Old 03-29-07, 08:27 AM
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I think a hybrid would be more suitable for a mixture of road and recreational trails. Use 32 mm wide tires if you want easy rolling or 38 mm wide if you want more comfort. Suspension and disc brakes are not needed for this sort of riding. Rapid-fire type shifters are generally preferred to twist grips, but twist grips are easier to shift down through several gears when you have to suddenly slow down for traffic lights.
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Old 03-29-07, 09:06 AM
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I say NO on the hybrid idea. A hybrid is a bike that tries to be a road bike and a mountain bike, it succeeds at neither. Stick with the mountain bike, they are the most versatile bike you can buy. I have ridden my Trek 4300's (i have 2) around 20,000 miles in the last 3 years or so. So make no apologies about looking at $500 bikes. They are very capable as you can see.

As far as the details on the bikes:

None of the differences in the bikes you mention are significant. The lockout is ok, but i have a fork with lockout that i never use. It is even debatable if you even need a suspension fork at all, depending on how you ride. After all of my miles i have learned that i prefer a rigid fork for my type of riding. The rigid fork is much lighter and more lively for the type of riding i do.

If you do aggressive single track and trail riding you need the suspension fork. But for most roads and manicured trails, it isn't even necessary, it just adds weight.

I have never ridden the Giant bike you mention but have ridden the others. The trek will be a little more upright and likely more comfortable initially than the Specialized. This depends on the stem a lot. On many of the trek 4500's they will put a 20 degree rise stem which puts you very upright. Of course you can always alter stem after the purchase, but i am just addressing the stock bikes.

As far as shifters go, I own basically both of the shifters you are comparing between the trek and specialized. The Alivio shifter is a step above the the cheaper shimano shifters but oddly enough i have always preferred my EF29 (similar to the shifters on the specialized) shifters on my older bike. They have bigger triggers/better leverage and i just like them better. So don't sweat that either. The bikes are all spec'd pretty similarly.


If you can't ride your size in the test ride that is tough. But you can at least see how the components will be.
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