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Old 07-21-13, 09:35 PM
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Tell me about your trek DS

I'm looking to dump every thing and get a new MTB for recreational trail riding. I have been toying with the idea of a 29er, but am certainly not sold on it, other than they seem to be getting scarce: some low level specializes and trek makes three good ones still and....like ONE Kona. In my looking around I saw these DS Treks under Gary Fisher's name. I suspect that, at this point, he is little more than a picture on a poster put out by the marketing deoartment but still...

any way, I was looking at the 8.4. Any thoughts?
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Head into a Trek shop and closely compare the DS bikes with the hardtail 29ers. They were all Gary Fisher designs and to my knowledge, Trek still uses that same geometry which attempts to shorten the wheelbase.

I would advocate either the Marlin or the Mamba instead of the DS 8.4. They aren't the same price, though, each being $200 cheaper or more expensive than the DS 8.4.

I bought a hybrid bike and tried to ride singletrack trails on it, which doesn't work very well. Instead I would suggest you buy an actual 29er, and then it can certainly ride on bike paths, even mounting hybrid/cyclocross tires if you decide that's necessary. But the key thing is that the Marlin or Mamba will be much better off for MTBing.

You'll probably get the opposite opinion in the hybrid forum.
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