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Old 04-01-10, 03:11 PM
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Help me decide,should I buy a Trek 4300 for $200!?

I'm getting more and more into the sport of mountain biking, and right now I have a Mongoose XR-75...yes I know its a horrible Walmart brand, Thats why I am thinking about upgrading to the Trek 4300. I found it on Craigslist today for $250 and I made an offer for $200, which is amazing from the prices I've seen, and he accepted. This is what the ad says "Trek mountain bike 19" frame good for - 5'10"-6'. Its in good shape, I really don't need it any more." Now I do see that it says its probably best for someone 5'10-6', but I am only 5'8, I figure I could move the seat down and I should be fine. Another thing I'm somewhat concerned about is the fact that is it hard tail. I just want to see what you guys think about this deal and if I should go buy it? Thanks!

Here the pictures he took of the 4300:
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http://images.craigslist.org/3nc3kb3...210aee14b7.jpg
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Old 04-01-10, 05:03 PM
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No matter how good a deal it is, it needs to fit. I'd be concerned a 19" is going too be too big.

Sure you can lower the seat, but you can only get so short of a stem and the frame might still be too long. (Don't adjust saddle fore/aft to change the reach.) You may feel too stretched out.

Edit: Also, you want as much stand-over clearance as possible for emergency dismounts.

For reference, I'm 5'8" as well and the last Trek I had, which I think used the same frame, was a 16.5".

See if you can take a quick test ride to see how well it fits before committing to buy.
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Yeah I'm almost 5'8" and I tried that model out in a 17" last week, the top tube was right against my crotch when I was standing over it and even with the seat as low as it would go it seemed a tad too high while riding. Same with a Kona Caldera I tried in 17". I'm going to go try some 16"'s this weekend. If the guy is local you should ask if you can stop by and try it out. Seems like a pretty good deal if it fits, those run about $500 new I believe.
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I have a trek 6500 19" frame, I'm 6' and wish my frame was smaller. As mentioned above, "emergency dismounts".
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