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    Trek 3900/4300/Disc or Canondale F8/F9

    After taking some advice from another thread, for my first bike I am debating between the following bikes in my LBS based on cost vs what I get. Please give me advice on what is the best bang for the buck (and if the price differences between these are worth the difference in what I get).

    I'm 5'9" 175 lbs, 36 years old. I'll be doing some city, tracks, some trails, nothing too crazy though.

    Trek
    $409 2009 4300
    $414 2010 3900
    $474 2010 3900 Disc
    $474 2010 4300
    $569 2010 4300 Disc (this one is actually out of my price range unless for the extra $ it really blows the rest out of the water)

    Canondale
    $399 2009 F9 (No Disc)
    $424 2010 F9 (No Disc)
    $494 2010 F8 (Disc)

    Also, what is the difference between a Trek 3900 and 4300? Is there much difference between the 2009 and 2010 of these models?

    I want to have a good idea before I walk I the store. The final decision will be after I see and ride the bikes in person. (I just hate going in with no clue what I want)

    EDIT: And just to throw one more option out there... Are there any Specialized bikes in this same price range that would be equivalent?
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    Frame a bunch of better parts

    Wow, not sure where you live but thoes are good prices.

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    Specialized Hardrock Sport (Disc) would be equivalent.

    I'd go for disc brakes in any of the bikes I got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S_Trek
    Frame a bunch of better parts

    Wow, not sure where you live but thoes are good prices.

    Are you saying the 4300 is a better frame and better parts?

    I live in Aurora, CO and these prices are at a place called Treads. So far they have been very cool the few times I was in there. Just helpful with no pressure at all, and I always worry about high pressure places so I was glad.

    Quote Originally Posted by tsmosher
    Specialized Hardrock Sport (Disc) would be equivalent.

    I'd go for disc brakes in any of the bikes I got.
    Thanks, I will check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brogbac
    Are you saying the 4300 is a better frame and better parts?

    I live in Aurora, CO and these prices are at a place called Treads. So far they have been very cool the few times I was in there. Just helpful with no pressure at all, and I always worry about high pressure places so I was glad.



    Thanks, I will check that out.

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    Black alpha verses White alpha frame. Besides the parts, even better wheels and tires too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S_Trek
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    Black alpha verses White alpha frame. Besides the parts, even better wheels and tires too.
    OK Thanks. So if it comes down to choosing a 4300 no disc or a 3900 Disc, which is better in the end?

    As a new rider, I guess this is a "Starter Bike" for me, but I doubt my budget will ever allow me to upgrade to anything more expensive and I won't be doing any real hard riding. I've read some of the Disc vs No Disc threads and I can't determine if it matters to my style.

    I like the look of the matte black on the 3900, better than the gloss black & white paint on the 4300. I also think I will like the disc better for the most part but not sure if it really matters for me. I am leaning toward the 3900 disc but will appreciate any other feedback you or anyone else can provide.

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    I'd go for the 4300 because of the frame and parts but I also like disc! Save up, if I'm not mistaken the 4300 disc is about $110.00 more than the non disc. GOOD LUCK on you Trek

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    Well,... after all this online research on the Trek 3900/4300, and riding them at two different stores, etc, I ended up buying a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper (basic model) for $450 on clearance (includes lifetime tuneups once a year).

    From just riding it, it rode a lot smoother and felt much lighter. Plus the guy at the bike shop said it had better components than the 3900/4300. Was he right/Did I make the right choice?

    Thanks for both of your help. Even though I ended up with a different bike, it still helped tremendously because I had a lot more knowledge than when I first started on this journey.

    Also, the guy at the store said in my price range the disc brakes would not be that good.
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    Yeah, the Rockhopper is pretty nice components-wise and definitely much better than the 3900/4300.

    The only problem is that if those hubs/rims are not disc-ready, you don't have an economically feasible way to upgrade to disc brakes in the future without buying new rims and new hubs (quite a bit of money as the rims are usually the 2nd most expensive things on the bike).

    Hence why I said I would've got one with disc brakes. The brakes may not be great but... a) when it's wet out (i.e. you go through a puddle or something), they're WAY better than V brakes. and b) you can upgrade them for a lot less money in the future.

    All said and done, the Rockhopper is not a bad buy though. And it's a worthwhile frame to invest your money in.

    EDIT: To be clear, I'm not sure if it IS disc ready... If it is, great. More power to you and all the better. If it's not, there's some food for thought, but it's still a great bike.

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