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Tophe 05-31-2007 01:13 AM

Anyone into mountain biking?
Im thinking about buying a bike...I found this used one on craigslist. I was wondering if anyone knew much about it...


ColoradoXJ13 05-31-2007 01:18 AM

$425 is a great deal for a bike like that, check out mtbr.com (mountain bike review) for reviews from riders, if there aren't any for that specific bike, check out other fuels. I have a friend that rides one and he likes it...I have heard that they have some problems with the chainstay/swingarms for hardcore riders breaking them, but they are really good with warranties. I ride about 2x per week, but ride a Giant NRS.

olllllo 05-31-2007 01:23 AM

You could pm these guys:

Bike N Brew
Biker Brew

Tophe 05-31-2007 01:24 AM

I found a few reviews that talk about chainsuck....what is that referring to? Other thing Ive read is that the disc breaks are much better than the calipers, which makes sense.

olllllo 05-31-2007 01:28 AM

ooh. I actually looked this up the otherday...


ColoradoXJ13 05-31-2007 01:37 AM

discs are better than calipers, but if you aren't going to ride real seriously or a lot, don't worry about it. One of the best riders I ride with has a hardtail with v-brakes. true 'caliper' brakes don't come on mountain bikes any more. The discs main advantage is almost never having to adjust or change the pads and less effects of mud/water on brake performance.

As far as I have experienced, chain suck is more of an effect of worn or improperly adjusted components, although I would guess that the OEM chainrings could be a cause on this model.

Tophe 05-31-2007 01:47 AM

good find ollllllo....thanks!

Flyin' Lion 05-31-2007 02:34 AM

There are some awesome trails down around Pontiac. Pontiac Lakes is good, but the Patawotamy (sp?) trail is one of the best in the State. It's been about ten years since I've bee on it, but if I recall correctly it should be in the vicinity of Hell/Brighton area.

Ryanh1801 05-31-2007 03:39 AM

Trek makes a very solid bike. i have had my trek for 5 years and have put it threw hell and have never had any problems. 425 seems like a very fair price, I would go for it.

Glibbidy 05-31-2007 02:31 PM

This is a fair price for a bike with this assortment of cost effective components.
Unless you are going to be hitting it hard or racing, this bicycle should fit the needs of an entry level rider.
My reccommendo is go an ride a new fuel 90 (if they still mak'em) to suss out comfort and frame size.


Originally Posted by ColoradoXJ13
discs are better than calipers

While this statement is entirely true. In the context of the bike offered (V-brakes)
:off: It is matter of opinion as to which is better disc or v-brakes. Same goes for FS and Hardtails.
It all depends on the rider.;)

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