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    can anyone help me pick??

    Hello everyone. I am new to mountain bikes and I need some help picking out a bike. I really wanted to only spend something in the 200 - 300 range. I am looking to do some road riding and some very light easy trails. I will post a list and specs on what im looking at below. Also if you know of any other good bikes in that price range please let me know. I am looking for most bang for buck but something im not going to have problems with either. Anyone also know the warranty on gt bikes??? I can't seem to find that.Thanks again everyone.

    Here is what i am currently looking at... All new 2010

    2010 Diamondback Outlook $225 after tax

    2010 GT Aggressor $300 after tax

    2010 Trek 3500 $310 after tax


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    Specs on the Diamondback Outlook

    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes XXS (12"), XS (14"), SM (16"), MD (18"), LG (20"), XL (22")
    Colors Black

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material 6061-T6 alloy
    Fork Brand & Model Trail XC, 50mm travel
    Fork Material Single
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset Alloy linear brakes, Alloy linear levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Revo RS25 light action twist
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney
    Rear Derailleur Shimano TZ-40
    Crankset MTB w/chainguard, 24/32/42 teeth
    Pedals MTB Resin
    Bottom Bracket Cartridge
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 7-speed, 14 - 28 teeth
    Chain Unspecified
    Seatpost Steel pillar, 27.2mm diameter
    Saddle DB ATB
    Handlebar Steel riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Steel quill
    Headset 1 1/8" Threaded

    Wheels
    Hubs Unspecified
    Rims SSW26 alloy, 32-hole
    Tires 26 x 1.95" Kenda Dual Sport
    Spoke Brand 14ga. (2.0mm)
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified
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    Specs on the GT Aggressor

    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes Xsmall, small, medium, large, xlarge
    Colors Blue/Silver, Black/Silver, Black/White

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material 6061 aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model SR M 2025, 75mm travel
    Fork Material Single
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group Shimano mix
    Brakeset Radius linear-pull brakes, Shimano EF-50 EZ Fire Integrated levers
    Shift Levers Shimano EF-50 EZ Fire Integrated
    Front Derailleur Shimano TY10
    Rear Derailleur Shimano TX51
    Crankset SR Suntour XCC-T02, 22/32/42 teeth
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Bottom Bracket Cartridge Sealed
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 7-speed, 14 - 28 teeth
    Chain UG-50
    Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
    Saddle GT custom anatomic ATB
    Handlebar Aluminum riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem GT ATB
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless Aheadset

    Wheels
    Hubs Alloy QR
    Rims Alex ASD-1
    Tires 26 x 2.10" ATB Dual purpose
    Spoke Brand Stainless, 14ga. (2.0mm)
    Spoke Nipples Brass

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    Specs on the Trek

    Bicycle Type Mountain bike, front suspension
    Weight Unspecified
    Sizes 13", 16", 18", 19.5", 21", 22.5"
    Colors Onyx, Candy Red

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Alpha White Aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model SR Suntour M-2025, 63mm travel
    Fork Material Single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset Tektro V-brake brakes, Shimano EF-50 levers
    Shift Levers Shimano EF-50
    Front Derailleur Shimano C051
    Rear Derailleur Shimano TX31
    Crankset Shimano M151, 48/38/28 teeth
    Pedals Wellgo Nylon Platform
    Bottom Bracket Unspecified
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 7-speed, 13 - 34 teeth
    Chain Unspecified
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm diameter
    Saddle Bontrager SSR
    Handlebar Bontrager Approved Riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Bontrager Approved
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless VP-A71-TK steel

    Wheels
    Hubs Formula FM-31 alloy
    Rims Bontrager 550
    Tires 26 x 2.00" Bontrager LT-3
    Spoke Brand Unspecified
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified

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    I have very limited experience but I recently purchased my first MTB as well. My experience with bike shopping was not so much comparing components but rather riding the bikes to see what was most comfortable on me. While componentry did make a difference, riding the bikes will help you narrow down your search. So definitely ride each bike! In regards to the warrant, if you haven't asked already, ask your dealer what the warranty is for GT. Also ask if they have a warranty on bikes.
    Hint: Try looking at last year's models. I scored an 09 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc for 640. It's original MSRP is close to 900

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    the trek and gt are pretty much equal so try both and see which you like better.
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    Riding a mtb is like a reset button, 10 mins in and there is nothing else in the world that matters.
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    I agree with insanitylevel9 that you should ride both the GT and Trek to see which feels right....I will add that my brother has a GT Agressor and I took it out on a pretty rough trail a couple weeks ago and it did fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLindy
    I agree with insanitylevel9 that you should ride both the GT and Trek to see which feels right....I will add that my brother has a GT Agressor and I took it out on a pretty rough trail a couple weeks ago and it did fine!
    agressor's are nice the only thing Ive found i don't like on them is how long the stock stem is, makes the bikes handling all twitchy. but then again i hate long stems because i don't like being that far forwards and it hurts my back on a longer rides. you should also look at these and these
    Quote Originally Posted by craftworks750
    Riding a mtb is like a reset button, 10 mins in and there is nothing else in the world that matters.
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    I have a 2000 GT Aggressor and I love it. Keep in mind a lot on the bike is now upgraded, and I have no idea if they changed the frame material or geometry, plus the whole pre/post bankruptcy argument, but I love the frame. The geometry is perfect for me and it's held up strong. One big thing I have against GT frames, though, is that the triple triangle geometry takes some valuable space away from the seat tube.. meaning if you get a smaller frame you'll have a hard time mounting anything to the seat tube. It also makes it impossible to put it on some trunk racks.. I had to buy a tension bar to mount it. Also, my year Aggressor has no rear disc mount, which is a pain right now (trying to figure out disc brake/wheelset options).


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    hey everyone thanks for the thoughts on the bikes.. im going to take them all for a ride this weekend and maybe pick one out.

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