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Old 11-13-08, 06:41 PM
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beginner bike tossup

It's been 7 years since I've ridden a bike, and I'm looking to start again. After a few weeks of searching, I've narrowed my choices to these 3 :
Trek 3700
Scott Aspect 50
Giant Boulder

I'll be using these mostly for getting to work, and maybe some light trails. My main concern is whether the bike will handle my weight (I'm around 100kg ). Also, being on a limited budget, I can't spend much more than $500.

Any advice will be helpful.

Thanks.
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Old 11-13-08, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by hvardhan.r View Post
. . . and maybe some light trails.
And no dark trails?

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Old 11-13-08, 07:40 PM
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And no dark trails?
Not what I expected. Nice trail.
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Originally Posted by hvardhan.r View Post
My main concern is whether the bike will handle my weight (I'm around 100kg)
I'm just another lazy American... what does this translate to?
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Old 11-13-08, 08:41 PM
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I think its about 750 pounds give or take a couple.
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Old 11-13-08, 09:17 PM
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220 pounds, actually
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Old 11-13-08, 09:23 PM
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Reminds me of my high school days where one kid said he can bench 325, someone else says only in Kgs, and the first kid gets offended because the 2nd kid meant it as an insult and the first kid took it as such. Apparently they both weigh about 325 Kgs because it got into a discussion about benching their body weight.
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Old 11-13-08, 09:36 PM
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If you're really concerned about the durability of the frame, you can go for one of the heavy but tough options. The Hardrock is one such example.

But really, I doubt you'll be too heavy for any of those bikes you listed.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
I think its about 750 pounds give or take a couple.
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Old 11-14-08, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by hvardhan.r View Post
It's been 7 years since I've ridden a bike, and I'm looking to start again. After a few weeks of searching, I've narrowed my choices to these 3 :
Trek 3700
Scott Aspect 50
Giant Boulder

I'll be using these mostly for getting to work, and maybe some light trails. My main concern is whether the bike will handle my weight (I'm around 100kg ). Also, being on a limited budget, I can't spend much more than $500.

Any advice will be helpful.

Thanks.
IMHO....Upgrade to a Trek 4300. Great aluminum frame. I am 215 and ride a Trek 6000 (same frame as 4300). This gives you a good long term foundation and you can upgrade to better components as they wear out.
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Originally Posted by Alpha52 View Post
IMHO....Upgrade to a Trek 4300. Great aluminum frame. I am 215 and ride a Trek 6000 (same frame as 4300). This gives you a good long term foundation and you can upgrade to better components as they wear out.
You're right...

+1.

Well, if you're just going to work, and some light trails, the 3900 is also a good choice (and it's cheap!), only thing is...im not sure if it'll hold up your weight that well...

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Originally Posted by hvardhan.r View Post
It's been 7 years since I've ridden a bike, and I'm looking to start again. After a few weeks of searching, I've narrowed my choices to these 3 :
Trek 3700
Scott Aspect 50
Giant Boulder

I'll be using these mostly for getting to work, and maybe some light trails. My main concern is whether the bike will handle my weight (I'm around 100kg ). Also, being on a limited budget, I can't spend much more than $500.

Any advice will be helpful.

Thanks.
The Trek and Giant are geared more like a hybrid commutter. 28/38/48 cranks with 14/34 7 speed cassette. Great for road riding but not the best setup for trails with steep climbs.
The Scott is the designed more as a true mountain bike with 24/34/44 cranks and 11/34 8 speed cassette.
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Old 11-14-08, 11:57 AM
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I would take a look at the hardrock personally. It may be a bit heavy but the frame seems bombproof.
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