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  1. #1
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    thoughts on the trek 6500 wsd

    'm 5'4 and looking for a new mid-level mountain bike. I currently have a trek 3700 13" and it's my first mountain bike, but I've grown out of it and I'm looking for something to grow with. I've been checking out some local bike stores and have a few options that I'd like your opinions on.

    #1 2007 Trek 6500 wsd $620

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Alpha SLR Aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model Manitou Slate Comp, 100mm travel
    Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Component Group Shimano Deore
    Brakeset Hayes Sole XC HD w/6" Rotor brakes, Hayes Sole XC levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Crankset Shimano M442, 22/32/44 teeth
    Pedals Shimano 505
    Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
    Chain Unspecified
    Seatpost Bontrager Sport
    Saddle Bontrager Select FIT Basic
    Handlebar Bontrager Select
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Bontrager Select
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak

    Hubs Shimano M525 disc
    Rims Bontrager Ranger
    Tires 26 x 2.10" Bontrager Jones ACX
    Spoke Brand Unspecified
    Spoke Nipples Unspecified

    #2 2009 Cannondale F5 wsd 1 $750

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Co2 SL Alloy
    Fork Brand & Model RockShox Dart 3 w/lockout, 100mm travel
    Fork Material Single
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Component Group SRAM X 5 mix
    Brakeset Avid BB 5 Mechanical brakes, Cannondale XC levers
    Shift Levers SRAM X.5 Trigger
    Front Derailleur SRAM X.7
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.5
    Crankset FSA CK-360TTT, 22/32/44 teeth
    Pedals Wellgo Alloy Platform
    Bottom Bracket FSA TH-7420ST
    BB Shell Width Unspecified
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
    Chain KMC 9-speed
    Seatpost Kalloy SP-359, 27.2mm diameter
    Saddle Cannondale Co2 Feminine
    Handlebar Cannondale C3 Riser
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Cannondale XC3
    Headset Cannondale Converter

    Hubs Front: Formula DC20, Rear: Formula DC22
    Rims Jalco X-320 Disc, 32-hole
    Tires 26 x 2.10" Kenda Nevegal
    Spoke Brand Stainless
    Spoke Nipples Unspecifie

    #3 2009 Gary Fisher Marlin Disc 13" $750


    Gold Series 6061 T6 aluminum, G2 Geometry, butted DT, cold-forged dropouts & BB


    Shimano M475 6-bolt disc hubs, Bontrager Ranger disc rims, 32h

    Shimano Deore front derailleur, Shimano Deore rear derailleur, Shimano Deore shifters, Shimano M442-L crank, Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes


    RockShox Dart 2, 100mm travel, custom G2 offset

    What do you guys think? The only bike I've test-rode so far is the Trek and it's just a tiny bit too short for me in the torso (just like my current trek), but it's my understanding that this can be alieviated with a handlebar adjustment? Also, I'd need to buy new shoes and learn to ride with clipless pedals, but I know that it's a great deal. Do you think it's a good enough deal to pass over a 2009 bike?

  2. #2
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    Sep 2007
    Pretty much all the bikes in the same price range from the major manufacturers are going to be comparably spec'd. Go with the bike that fits you. Also, I'd ride the 15" -- men's and women's -- the geometry might be a better fit for you, and ride everyone you can get your hands on before deciding.
    2008 Specialized Safire Expert

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