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Old 06-09-07, 03:51 PM
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Iron Horse Warrior 1.3 vs Trek 4300 Disc

OK, I'm getting an entry level mountain bike so I can ride in the trails with my buddies. After looking around, going to Dicks Sporting goods and 4 local bike shops (where I test drove a ton of bikes in the 300-500 price range) I've narrowed it down to 2 choices:
1) Iron Horse Warrior 1.3: Hayes MX4 Disc brakes, Rock Shock DART 1 fork; on sale for $300 from Dicks w/o any service
2) Trek 4300 Disc: Disc Brakes, RST Gilla T7 Fork; $500 from Zane's Cycles, free lifetime tuneups (seriously)

*distant runner up:
3) Specialized Rockhopper Sport Disc: I didn't like it as much as the Trek 4300 when I test drove it in the parking lot, but it was nice and $30 less than the 4300 due to a sale.

Anyways, I like the 4300 the best, but the Warrior 1.3 is a close second. I'd be getting similar if not better components, and saving $200 over the Trek... but I'd be getting lifetime tuneups from this LBS. I spoke to the specific tech who would be building the Iron Horse at Dicks and I think she knows what she is doing as well as most other LBS employees. I wouldn't say that for everyone in the store, but she seemed to know her stuff (I saw her setting up bikes when I was in the shop) and was familiar with this bike.

SO, do I save the $200 and put that towards clipless pedals, shoes & other accessories or do I get the Trek 4300 Disc for the peace of mind of getting it from a LBS?
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Old 06-09-07, 03:53 PM
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i'd go for the 4300. since you've test ridden the rockhopper and not liked it as much, i won't really recommend it. but you will be FAR happier with a bike bought from a real bike shop rather than one from dick's.
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The IH is a better bike, but it depends on how much you're planning on using those tuneups (they can add up)
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If I were buying the IH bike from a LBS, I agree that it seems like it is an overall better bike for the money. But none of the LBS in my area stock them - they are sold near me through EMS and Dicks. The models at EMS tend to be higher end, and the models at Dicks tend to be lower end. My concern is that the IH bikes that go to Dick's are overall lesser quality (like Target/Walmart bikes, but maybe a step above that). This is my main concern... this bike is a "special model" only sold at Dick's Sporting Goods. If the IH maverick 1.3 is an equal to the 4300 in quality, then I'd just get the IH.
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Free tune-ups at shops are a joke. All they do is adjust tension in your cables or maybe a few twists with a spoke wrench. You can learn that in 5 minutes on your own or search for the answer here. Anything else costs $. They don't grease your bearings. They just get it back to where it shifts and brakes right.

If the IH is in fact a better (or same) bike for $200 less, I'd say you're $200 closer to a few upgrades (read:fork!). If you have a MTB, you need to learn basic maintenance anyway, which is all they're offering with "free tune-ups".
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My friend owns the Iron Horse Warrior 1.3. First ride out the frame split into two pieces. Dicks was willing to replace it promptly but, I would be wary. The new one they gave him hasn't had any serious mishaps, but his bike is in need of a serious tune up and he has owned it less than two months. I think if he did it again, he'd go to a bike shop. At least check with dicks and make sure they warranty the frame.

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Old 06-28-07, 06:09 AM
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I haven't gotten enough sleep for a long time. Thats why I've invested for much $$ in energy drinks lol
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Originally Posted by bradfo84
I've invested for much $$ in energy drinks lol
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I haven't gotten enough sleep for a long time.

Theres your problem.
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I bought an Iron Horse Adventure from Eastern Mountain Sports, and found their service, and attitude to be WAY better than my L.B.S. They have a great mechanic, and a nice little shop. I happen to like I.H., and E.M.S. I see so many Treks, and Specialized, I'd ride anything else just to be different!!
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I'm sure the OP bought something almost a year ago.
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