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Old 06-01-07, 09:15 PM
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Iron Horse Maverick Vs. Trek 4500

I am looking for a good MTB to get a start on. I have found two good bikes at the LBS and have test drove them both. I would like to know which might be the better choice. Both are 500 dollar bikes. They are both hardtail. They are also both aluminum. I want to mostly do trail riding and maybe some small dirt jumps on a new course our park staff just opened up. The trek has a thicker frame on it. It feels more sturdy. It has pad breaks and rox shocks. The Iron Horse maverick has a skinner frame, but has disk breaks and Marzocchi shocks. They both feel good, although I like the gears on the 4500 much better. The pedals on the Maverick are flip grips though. Another thing is that the Trek is an 07' and the Iron Horse Maverick is 06'. I'm really at a stand still. Do I have the right bikes or is there something better. I would like to know out of those bikes which is better. I am not a total newbie to MTB. My friend and teacher have Trek bikes and I have rode some trails before and its really fun. Thank you!
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Old 06-01-07, 09:18 PM
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Srry another thing is that the maverick is a 17 inch bike and the trek is a 16 and im in a growing stage.
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Srry another thing is that the maverick is a 17 inch bike and the trek is a 16 and im in a growing stage.
FWIW, after riding for a number of years on the base Rockhoppers, I switched to a Iron HOrse Warrior Expert and love this bike. It has the SRAM X7 drive train/shifters, Marzocchi comp shock, and Avid BB5 disc brakes. Great package and killer deal as I got it at a Performance closeout (06) and applied a coupon to get me to $460. and still picked up the points. Anyway, I really like the geometry that IH uses...just slightly more of a compact feel than the RHopper. Check out www.rscycle.com as the have the Maverick for something like $350. last I checked. If you want to go with the Expert model, you will really like the bike. Let us know.
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Don't rush your decision. Just keep going back for test rides until you are sure on which bike you want. I had a Maverick 5.5 and liked it a lot but never tried a Trek.
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i have been doing alot of test riding lately and there both good. i think i like the trek better though because of their warrenty and its more ridged. plus im thinking if u have disc breaks, like on the maverick, and its a 500 dollar bike, i dont think thats the right price. either there cheap db's or there good, but the bike has cheaper componets. i can always ride the trek more and buy db's for it later.
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yea also my lbs is a performance shop as well.
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Originally Posted by Tra!l !
i have been doing alot of test riding lately and there both good. i think i like the trek better though because of their warrenty and its more ridged. plus im thinking if u have disc breaks, like on the maverick, and its a 500 dollar bike, i dont think thats the right price. either there cheap db's or there good, but the bike has cheaper componets. i can always ride the trek more and buy db's for it later.
Uh, the Iron Horse bikes have a lifetime frame warranty. Assuming Trek offers the same? Why not go the Warrior Expert for the same $ and get the much better component group (with the Avid BB5 brakes)? I just checked RS Cycle and they have the Maverick on sale a $329. and the Warrior Expert at $499. But if you like the 4500, it's a fine bike. BTW, does the Trek have the disc hubs? If so, a easy conversion if you want to go disc in the future.
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^^^^^^

yup trek is lifetime on the frame and 1 yr on components.

and no the 4500 doesnt come with disk hubs
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im gonna put disks on the trek once i get some more money from my job. but im gonna get the trek bike. i would want it to have a better fork, but i wont be maximazing it anytime soon.
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