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    Trek 4500 vs Hardrock Sport Disc

    I am keen on getting into MTB riding as a sport and am looking at decent entry level bikes. I am looking at spending about 500US$. I have narrowed my search to the Trek 4500 and the Specialized Hardrock sport disc. The significant difference I understand between them is that the specialized comes with disc brakes while the Trek doesnt. However the Trek comes with wheels which are disc compatable and the lbs guy says I can upgrade later to the disc barkes if I spend 100 bucks. The other difference is that the Trek has more Schwinn components while the specialized has more SRAM components.

    The lbs has the Trek on sale for US$400, while the Hardrock sport is US$500. I could use the 100 bucks to pay for some of the accessories. From a fit and ride comfort standpoint I did not feel a big diff at least in the parking lot. I am 5'9" (180lbs) and am looking at a 19" frame. Please comment and suggest a few factors which will help me in making the decision.

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    if you don't need discs, get the Trek.

    19" seems a little big for 5'9, unless you have really long legs. Although not totally out of whack. I'm 5'11 and am loooking at 18" Kona.
    I've been told you need about inch and a half clearance from frame to your "parts". Don't know for sure though.

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    Get the Trek. Specialized has Sram components.

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    And you could use the $100 save to get a set of disc brakes!!

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    The Trek is a better bike for your money in this case. but I would stay far away from bolth of those bikes. the hardrock doesnt have a very nice fork, the sram components are similar and a little better than the trek on the hardrock. the Trek has a little bit of a nicer frame.

    but check out Ibex Bikes. they're located in Georgia and are a very great company to deal with. you can get the alpine 550 for $499.99 and it blows just about anything in your pricerange right out of the water.

    better fork, wheelset, drivetrain ETC
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