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    Ibex Alpine 350 vs. Trek 3700

    Which is better?

    I am looking to buy my first mountain bike. I want a good quality bike for around $300. I'm torn between the Trek 3700 or the Ibex Alpine 350. They both seem similarlly equipped and cost the same. Which is better?

    Please help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    Which is better?

    I am looking to buy my first mountain bike. I want a good quality bike for around $300. I'm torn between the Trek 3700 or the Ibex Alpine 350. They both seem similarlly equipped and cost the same. Which is better? ..........Please help!
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    [SIZE="2"]Trek 3700[/SIZE] http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1014600&f=19

    Frame Alpha Aluminum
    Front Suspension RST 191 C6, 63mm
    Wheels Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims
    Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
    Shifters Shimano EF50, 7 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano C051
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Crank SR XCC-100 48/38/28 w/chainguard ......This is a Touring crank
    Cassette Sunrace 13-34, 7 speed
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager Sport
    Seat Post Bontrager
    Handlebars High tensile steel, 30mm rise
    Stem Bontrager Aheadset, 25 degree (women's: 40 degree)
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano EF50 levers
    .................................................. ..... .................................................. ........
    [SIZE="2"]IBEX Alpine 350[/SIZE] http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-350-Details.html

    Frame: 6061 Aluminum
    Fork: RST Gila T-6 ,,,,,,,,,Better
    Shifters: Shimano EF-50 .........Better 8 spd
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera ........Better
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera
    Crankset: Sunrace M63 .........Better
    Cassette: Shimano HG30-8 .........Shimano 8 Spd
    Chain: KMC Z8
    Brakes: Tektro V-Brakes
    Levers: Tektro
    Rims: Alex X-2100 Double-Wall .......Better
    Hubs: Formula .........Better
    Tires: Kenda All-Terrain - 26" x 1.95 ........Better
    Cockpit Set: Kalloy Alloy .........Better
    Saddle: IBEX MTB Sport
    Pedals: Wellgo Platform ........Better
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    I vote [SIZE="2"]IBEX Alpine 350[/SIZE] The components are a STRONGER package...

    Jake Pay, [SIZE="2"]I Love My IBEX [/SIZE]Here.....

    [SIZE="2"]EDIT:[/SIZE]On looks alone the ALP wins hands down..
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    Is that a vote for the Trek? Or are you just listing the components?
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    [QUOTE=pnightshade]Is that a vote for the Trek? Or are you just listing the components?
    Here are the Ibex stats.
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    It takes time to do all this homework I could only drag so much at a time out of the web sites..


    EDIT: Now I'am FINISHED....
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    Wow thanks for all the info.

    I'm a little nervious about sizing, I'm 5' 7", a 17" frame should be right. What if it needs adjustments?

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    Good job! Help is on its WAY...........................

    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    Wow thanks for all the info.

    I'm a little nervious about sizing, I'm 5' 7", a 17" frame should be right. What if it needs adjustments?
    The 17" should be fine..I'd call IBEX and have a live chat with a Human.. 770-667-8545

    I've up loaded the sizing chart from the 05' ALP.. The frame's the same on the 06' ALP'

    Jake Pay, [SIZE="2"]POWERED by SRAM [/SIZE]Here..

    [SIZE="2"]EDIT: [/SIZE] Heres some Homework for you: http://sheldonbrown.com/articles.html
    Theres a ton of bike "Smarts" in there..
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    I've decided to go with the Alpine 450 instead of the 350 or the Trek.

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    Good move..

    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    I've decided to go with the Alpine 450 instead of the 350 or the Trek.
    The ALP 450 is a well balanced bike (components) and you should be a happy camper.
    Did you call IBEX and double check on the sizing?
    Have you already order, if not do it by phone and make sure the 17" is gonna be the one for you personally..
    You dont want any dissapointments on delivery day..Sizing is and always will be the main draw-back
    of mail-ordering..So do the "Homework"

    Good luck and let me know the final results..

    Jake Pay, [SIZE="2"]POWERED by SRAM [/SIZE]Here..

    [SIZE="2"]EDIT:[/SIZE] With one you getting..
    [SIZE="2"]................................................. .................................................. ......[/SIZE]
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    I emailed Ibex and they said the 17" should be a great fit.

    I order the red and black model.

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    hi,
    i would like to hear how it goes i'm looking for entry level bike $3-550 range.i'm about 5'5 145-150 lbs.what do you guys think would be the best dollar for dollar? i was reviews for rockhopper,and ibex apline series and trek 4500. anyone better than the other.i'm mostly gunna do trail and some road riding.

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    Well I got the IBEX 450, I put it together and it's too big. I'm 5' 7", I got a 17" frame, I even confirmed whether that size would be right with Ibex. My crotch rests on the frame when I stand over it. Now I have to take it apart and send it back to Ibex at my expense, who know's what that is going to cost me.
    Also they have no smaller size frames in the 450 to exchange it for.

    I'm a bit disapointed.

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    Ouch

    That hurts. I'd call them and explain your situation and see if any accommodations can be made since they recommended the frame size. FWIW, all 3 of my bikes have minimal if any standover clearance, so standover clearance is only one part of the equation. I have a short inseam and while I can put both feet on the ground on all 3 bikes, the "boys" touch the top tube on two of the three bikes. The fact is that when I'm in the saddle and riding, the bike's cockpit fits me perfect. You may want to test ride the bike and see how it truly feels when you're riding. It could be that a smaller frame will be too small.

    Best wishes in a positive resolution to your dilemma
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    I called Ibex this morning and got an RMA #. I explained that I bought it based on the them saying that a 17" was the right size but I was told I had to arrange my own shipping back to them.

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    Upset Thats a Bummer..

    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    I called Ibex this morning and got an RMA #. I explained that I bought it based on the them saying that a 17" was the right size but I was told I had to arrange my own shipping back to them.
    I'm not trying to be personal..But if your young and still growing, this is gonna work out just fine.
    If your at your full height then you may need to send it back..

    On the net, we miss out on visuals all the way around. I hope this all has a good ending

    Jake Pay, Totally Bumm'd Here..

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    LOL. I'm 36. I think I've done all my growing. That made me laugh.

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    ... and if we just ... I'm 54, some peep's think I'm 10..

    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    LOL. I'm 36. I think I've done all my growing. That made me laugh.
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    I'll check to see if I was sent a 19" by mistake. It's a shame, I really liked the bike.

    Am I right that having your crotch right at the frame is to large a bike for me?

    It doesn't make sense. Maybe my height is off by 6". LOL.

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    ... and if we just ... Having to stand on your toes is 2 BIG..LoL...

    Quote Originally Posted by pnightshade
    I'll check to see if I was sent a 19" by mistake. It's a shame, I really liked the bike. Am I right that having your crotch right at the frame is to large a bike for me?
    It doesn't make sense. Maybe my height is off by 6". LOL.
    Measure from the center of "Crank Bolt" to the top of the "Seat-Tube"
    That black thing above the RED line is a seal on my seatpost..
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    I'll measure it tonight.

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    I'm going to keep the 450. I took it for a short ride this weekend and the ride was comfortable and the bike didn't feel too big. I'm okay with less then an inch of clearance.
    I do love the the bike. It's great quality and looks good too.
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    Good for you

    Glad to see it worked out. If the standover does become an issue, let some air out of the tires.
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