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    Trek vs IronHorse

    Hi,
    im looking for an entry level bike and i narrowed the list to:
    2007 Iron Horse Warrior 3.0 - for about $450
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    2007 Trek 4300 (not disk) - for about $400.

    any thoughts on which one of these i should get?
    or maybe something else altogether?

    thanks for the help...
    Meni.

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    what about the warrior 4.0, full suspension for $499 at rscycle.com

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    well, with the shipment it comes down to $550, which is $100 over my budget...
    and i was told once that full suspension bikes under $1000 arent worth buying... (in general)

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    i have the warrior 4.0 and i love it but if its over your budget thats ok. check your local craigslist for a good deal then if you want your best bang for the buck, otherwise i would go with the warrior 3.0

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    Try to stay away from f/s that are less than 1,000$ because the parts will be lacking! The 3.0 Iron horse Is a pretty good deal from what i can tell. The MARZOCCHI fork will be better that the RST.

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    yeah, it does seem like a good deal (it's on sale, and im trying to make up my mind before they all disappear)
    however, i've seen so may reviews on this website and on others praising the trek 4300, and almost nothing on the ironhorse...
    the ironhorse seems to have better parts, and as you say a better fork... but it doesnt seem like anybody actually has them

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    not true on the FS under 1k being worthless. I love my X2 and i got it for 700, it was a great bike to learn on. I'd probably go with the trek in your case, lots of people ride them and seem to like them
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    I have a Trek 4300

    It goes for as little as 379.00 new. Decent hard tail bike, I ride it on single track and its a simple, strong bike for the money. Iron Horse riders are fanatics, hit their Forum here. My 4300 fell off the racks on the freeway and nary a bend! Not the greatest way to test a bike, but hey...

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    I,ve ridden both and liked both, they are very similar geometry wise, I'd go with the better components.

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    I have a 4300 and take it on off road easy paths and use it as a commuter bike. It has held up well in the 6 months of hard riding I've done on it.

    I picked up a 2007 model of the 4300 for $250

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    I would say a giant yukon wold be good

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    The days of any and all full suspension bikes under a grand being worthless has passed on account of simple economic theory. As the sport matures, yesterdays cutting edge becomes today's middle-end.

    Companies like Giant, Trek, Spesh, Jamis, KHS, Iron Horse (and Ibex & Woodstock online) have proven time and time again that they can create bikes that would have been $5 grand+ a few years ago for under the 1 thou mark.
    Ever been to Mountain Bike Tales Digital Magazine? Now if only the print rags would catch on!

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    Not exactly what your after, but I love my IH warrior 5.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by meni
    Hi,
    im looking for an entry level bike and i narrowed the list to:
    2007 Iron Horse Warrior 3.0 - for about $450
    and
    2007 Trek 4300 (not disk) - for about $400.

    any thoughts on which one of these i should get?
    or maybe something else altogether?

    thanks for the help...
    Meni.
    i bought a trek 4300 non disk for myself and now ex gf for riding the lighter stuff being shes a beginner and i wanted something simple to ride. I decided to upgrade the bike for xc riding and had all xt drivetrain on it etc and it was a blast to ride singletrack.
    I bought a different frame and put all the original components back on the trek and now ride it like that and love putting around on the light single track stuff clipped in.
    its a great bike for the money

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    I'll share my IH vs Trek experience. Last year I was in the marked for an entry level bike with a budget of just over $200. Trying to avoid the dept store bikes I headfor the LBS' only to find nothing for 2 bills. So I went to chain sporting good stores and found an Iron Horse Maverick 1.2 at Dick's. I had never heard if Iron Horse before so I went online first and found they were fairly reputable. I decided to buy it and it subsequently inspired my roomate to buy a new bike as well. He went to the LBS and bought a Trek 3900 for $329. To his horror, they were THE SAME BIKE. Different name, different paint but you can tell the frames identicle, both bikes had the same fork and drive train components. The only notable difference were his came with Bontrager (approved) bars, stem and seat post. (Not really Bontrager parts, only allowed use of the name) I took the $129 I DIDNT spend and bought better grips, upgraded from Acera deraileurs to Deore, and replaced my generic steel bars and stem with titec hellbents. Im still under $300 on it and he's pist! >:-)

    Im partial to the Iron Horse, for obvious reasons. I don't know exactly what the differences are with the two bikes you're choosing from but you will generally get more bang from your buck with the Iron Horse. The Trek will probably get you more respect around town if you care ( I hope not). Ride both, decide what YOU like better. In the end they're both decent.

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    Hi all,
    thank you so much for all the advice....it really helped me make up my mind
    i decided to get the IH warrior 5.
    a little over my initial budget, but it seems like a good deal.
    will let you know how they worked out...

    thanks again,
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    I think for the bikes under $1k, just go with the cheaper one since they will be comparable. Over that and it's a different story. Trek makes awesome bikes (like the Fuel EX series) and you pay a premium for them. IH is known for their bang for the buck bikes.
    John

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    You made a good choice. At that price you need to go for components.

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    If you want an even better deal checkout the FORGE Sawback 5xx. DEORE drvetrain and shifters, Hayes "MX2", WTB Rims, etc. I've owned mine for over 2+ years with over 2k miles, still going strong. The frame is topped rated and components speak volumes at this price. Yes, I'm a huge fan of Forge! When you purchase google "target.com coupons" for an extra 10% off, or if you have AAA you get 10% off on target.com. Also, search Forge Sawback Silver in these forums, lot's of Forge riders are on this forum.... I also noticed the Forge M Street has "Free Shipping”, that is an awesome deal. I also bought this bike, fantastic frame!

    Here's the link to the Sawback.
    http://www.forgebikes.com/saw5sl.asp

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    Get the IH. Better buy for your money. I have better luck with IH for warranty issues than with trek. To me that kind of customer service can make the world of difference, when it mean not riding for 2 weeks compared to the season.
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    yep....customer service is without a doubt a very important factor.
    i'm even happier that i chose the IH now.

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    take the warrior.....

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    I had an Iron Horse Warrior 5 and loved it. You can't go wrong with the SRAM components, and while the fork may be on the heavy side, it's still a good fork. I loved the geometry almost more than I love my current bike. After having mine for only a couple of months, I poured all my heart and soul (and money) into it. I've updated to a FS bike now, but I'm re-building my IH into a sick-ass Hardtail. Here's some pictures of her when she was still around.

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    wow mate.... nice photos

    i got the bike now, apparently i need to take them for basic assembly/tune up...
    do you have an idea on how much should that thing cost me?

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    ah come on, you can assemble it yourself, they aren't that hard, and no time like the present to learn how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meni
    wow mate.... nice photos

    i got the bike now, apparently i need to take them for basic assembly/tune up...
    do you have an idea on how much should that thing cost me?
    it depends on where you live.
    I paid $55 in Atlanta area. in nyc area, I saw $70 for tune-up

    you can also do it yourself but some manufactures void warranty if you do it yourself.

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    Bingo, that's where your right.
    i did do it myself (shhhh).
    i read all the books that came with the bike, read some guides over the net.
    they're fine.
    however:
    1. bleeding the brakes is going to be hell.
    2. the rear brake broke (i have no idea why, all that happened was the bike falling...) and the store wanted a professional to say it's really broken.
    so...
    and 70 is really cheap, where did you find that?
    most places want more.

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    I guess the shop was nyc bikes in Brooklyn.
    I visited last year to pick up the frame. I saw their price guide and it was $70-75 for tune-up.
    maybe they change service fees.
    I thought that was too expensive for simple tune-up because my area only charge $30 for tune up.

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