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    TREK Bruiser 2, a Good Choice?

    I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2005 Trek Bruiser series. Unfortunatley my budget will only allow me to purchase a bike within the 500-600 range, so i am opting for the bruiser 2.

    It looks frickin awesome with disc brakes (BRAKESET: Hayes MX, mechanical disc, 8" front rotor, 6" rear), strong chasis and body (FRAME Alpha Aluminum). And the components aren't that bad either...

    FORK: Marzocchi MZ-Comp, 130mm

    WHEELS:
    WHEELS: Alloy disc hubs; alloy HD rims
    TIRES: Bontrager Earl

    DRIVETRAIN:
    SHIFTERS: Shimano Alivio
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Acera
    REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Alivio
    CRANKSET: Bontrager Earl 32/22 w/bash guard
    CASSETTE: SRAM 830 11-32, 8 speed
    PEDALS: Alloy platform



    Anyone else looking at this bike as much as i am?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookland55
    I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2005 Trek Bruiser series. Unfortunatley my budget will only allow me to purchase a bike within the 500-600 range, so i am opting for the bruiser 2.
    Anyone else looking at this bike as much as i am?
    Yes, I'm also considering this bike and am liking what I see. It's geared towards urban and dirt jumping, but seems to be a very versatile bike. From what I can gather, the Bruiser's were last sold in North America in 2001 and 2002, and had very positive reviews, especially the durability of the frame. The frame seems very strong, although Trek is generally more known for their road bikes than their BMX and dirt jumping bikes. But for the price, I found this to be a very attractive bike. It is not too much different in quality from the Specialized Hardrock Pro Disk which is the same price. The stock MZ Comp 130mm fork is one of the weakest parts of the bike, but having the extra travel of a 130mm fork is not bad. And an all-Deore drivetrain would improve the bike too. And maybe Avid mechanical brakes would be better than the Hayes. But on the whole, with the Trek Bruiser II you get a lot of bike for the money.

    There are a couple more threads on the Trek Bruiser 2 that you may want to look at too:
    Trek Bruiser 2 - comments?
    FR/DJ + XC combo: Trek Bruiser 2 or best alternatives?
    2005 Trek Bruiser 1? Good bike? Comparable to Hardrock Sport?

    I welcome hearing some more on the Bruiser 2 as well, I'm still seriously considering it along with two other bikes.
    Have you got your Bruiser yet, and if so, how are you finding it?
    Last edited by londonlad; 10-13-2004 at 07:22 AM.

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