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    Bianchi Doss 5100 '10 vs. Scott Aspect 45 '09 vs. Trek 3900 Disc '10

    Hey everyone. Alright it is decision time! I need to get this thing ordered or bought next week. I am buying local!

    Here is what we got:
    2010 Bianchi Doss 5100
    2009 Scott Aspect 45
    2010 Treck 3900 Disc

    All 3 bikes have disc brakes and 100mm travel forks. The Bianchi and Scott have lockout while the Trek does not.

    All 3 bikes have disc brakes. The Bianchi and Trek have mechanical while the Scott has hydro. I like the hydro brakes but the particular ones on the Scott seem to be having issues (Shimano M485) and there is a service bulletin out for them. I don't want my brakes to be high maint. so this is a concern to me.

    For looks the Trek is the best, with the Bianchi in second and the Scott taking 3rd. Looks aren't a huge deal to me but I still consider them.

    I haven't test ridden any of these bikes yet. A local shop has 3 aspect 45's leftover and the Bianchi and Trek will have to be ordered.

    Price: Scott: 560. Bianchi: 550 Trek: 480 or so. Since the pricing is so close it is a non-issue.

    I will be riding all kinds of trails at local parks around the county and state. Some of them are pretty hardcore. Fast downhills and steep inclines. My friend and I like to get on those trails and ride as fast and hard as we can. The local trail is very well taken care of by the Northern Indiana Moutain Bike Association and it is complete with wooden ramps, log jumps, steep downhills and good inclines. We also ride down in Brown County, Indiana.

    I don't know a lot about bike components and whats good and whats not. So any input or recommendations for you guys would be great. I'd like to stay under $600. Something inside of me is leaning towards the Bianchi. I originally was thinking the Scott but the brake issue scares me. I want a bike that can handle some abuse. This bike will be ridden hard and abused.

    FYI: I had a Cannondale F8 2010 on the list but took it off because for 500$ it had a crappy fork. Still going to go test ride that bike this week though. Also a 2010 Kona FireMountain may be considered.

    Right now I'm riding my 1999 Mongoose SX 4.3 with a completely stiff frame. Just last week I found 2 cracks in the frame. Not surprised considering how hard we ride.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by MidwestSpecial; 04-21-2010 at 08:03 AM.

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    Biancho Doss 5100 2010


    Scott Aspect 45 2009



    Trek 3900 Disc 2010


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    Have you considered any of the bikes direct mtbs?

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    Bikesdirect.com? No I'm goign to make my purchase local. Depending what shop I can get either 90 days or lifetime free adjustments. I'd rather support my local economy this time around.

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    09 aspect 45.

    it's a class ahead of the other bikes and is really a steal at the price. they really cheapened up the '10 model and downgraded some components.

    plus it's the only option with a halfway decent fork (XCR) and hydraulic brakes.

    then again, I am biased because I bought the same bike.

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    have you had issues with your brakes squeling?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kre7V0_MDHs

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    I actually haven't assembled it yet.

    The only thing I've heard about the brakes is the following:
    http://bgindy.com/page.cfm?pageID=969

    If you're too lazy to read it all:
    "If the pads are contaminated, you may experience some noise and poor braking power. If the pads are contaminated with oil, clean the caliper and replace the brake pads. Please contact [...] Shimano for free replacement brake pads."

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    Ok thanks for the link. Will print it out and give my shop a heads up. Anyone have any opinions on the Bianchi Doss????

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    Since no one else is chiming in...

    From what I've read about the XCT forks, I'm not sure it will stand up to the rough riding you plan to do with it. It is very entry level and meant for light XC riding. (As are the other Suntour forks, but the XCM and especially XCR series forks will be a little more durable and give you some time before you have to replace them with a real fork.)

    Not sure about those rims either; I'd try to find some information about them.

    Other than that, it looks nice.

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    I was really hoping I could go with the Bianchi to support my heritage (italian), but it looks like the Scott has better components. I definitely don't want to feel like I have to start replacing stuff the first season of riding. Even the upgraded Bianchi Doss 5200, which will cost another 100$ on top of the Aspect 45, has the same fork at the Doss5100!

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    Alright put money down on the Scott and will be picking up next week. The fact that it has a better fork and hydros pretty much sealed the deal.

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    Building mine tonight. I'll let you know how I like it.

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    Alright put money down on the Scott
    Good choice!!! I've ridden mine for a full season now and have never had any trouble with the brakes. Other than the initial break in I haven't needed to get them adjusted or anything. The one and only complain about the Aspect 45 is the tires. The Scott Ozon tire is garbage. It has very little bite and they wear down quickly. I ended up switching mine out after a few months of riding. As far as the abuse factor goes the Aspect 45 is a tank. I ride fast and hard and that bike is rolling as smooth as ever. Hope this helps....even though you already bought it!
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