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  1. #1
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    Gary Fisher Mako or Trek 3700

    Two pretty similar bikes for basically the same price. (349 vs 359)

    Which way should I be go?

    This will be my first bike since childhood. I am 29. 6'3" 250lbs.
    I will be riding a few times a week with 60% of it being road and path. The rest being farm fields and a few logging roads in the mountains.
    Thanks for your imput.

    Specs on the Trek

    Sizes 13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5"
    Frame Alpha White Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, bi-oval down tube w/integrated gusset, rack and fender mounts, disc compatible dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger
    Front Suspension SR Suntour SF8 XCT V2 w/coil spring, preload, 80mm
    Wheels Formula Alloy FM31 hubs; Bontrager 550 rims w/brushed sidewalls
    Tires Bontrager LT-3, 26x2.0"
    Shifters Shimano EF50, 7 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano C051
    Rear Derailleur Shimano M310
    Crank Shimano M151 42/34/24
    Cassette Shimano TZ31 13-34, 7 speed
    Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager SSR
    Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset
    Handlebars Bontrager Approved Riser, 30mm rise
    Stem Bontrager Approved, 25 degree
    Headset VP-A68-TK, 1-1/8" semi-cartridge, sealed
    Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano EF50 levers

    Specs on the GF Mako

    Sizes XS (13") | SM (16") | MD (18") | LG (19.5") | XL (21.5")
    Frame Fisher Silver Series 6061 T6 aluminum
    Front Shock SR Suntour M-2025, 63mm travel, coil spring
    Shifters Shimano ST-EF50L 7spd
    Front Derailleur Shimano FD-C050
    Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-TX51
    Cassette Shimano MF-Z31 14-34 7spd
    Bottom Bracket VP-BC73 73x122mm
    Wheels Formula FM31 hubs, Bontrager 550 rims 36h
    Tires Bontrager LT3 26x2.0
    Crank Set Shimano FC-M151 42/34/24
    Saddle Bontrager SSR
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR, micro adjust, 31.6
    Handlebar Bontrager Approved Riser, 30mm rise, 620mm width
    Grips Bontrager SSR
    Stem Bontrager Approved Alloy, 25d rise
    Pedals Wellgo LU-984, boron axle, toe clip adapter
    Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-cartridge bearings
    Brakeset Tektro 845AL linear pull

  2. #2
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    i road the Trek in Matte Blue (which i thought looked really nice) and it felt great. it shifted nice and smooth, brakes worked great and the shock was nice and smooth and it was a nice weight. i would have bought it just based on that. but i havent riden the GF

    try both if you can

    ps, Trek is HUGE, so if you have any problems, youll probably be in a good spot support wise, not implying GF might try and screw you over and iirc, Trek owns GF

  3. #3
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    I really started out looking to stay under 350.00 and get a bike that wasn't Walmart overpriced junk. I road the 3700 today and also a Cannondale F9. I liked the F9 better and I can get it for 400. Now that I am up to that price, I went to a different shop and looked at, but didn't ride a Felt Q520. It was priced at 469.00 I may just have to spring for that if it rides as good or better than the F9, I'll likely end my search there.

  4. #4
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    May 2004
    vicious cycle.

    I did the same thing and went from looking at a $200 dept store cruiser bike to buying a $735 (my cost as a NIB leftover) hardtail that I still own and occasionally ride.

    Last year I get a new primary bike and drop $1600 again going leftover but new.

    I'm still drooling over bikes.

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