Okay I'm trying to decide on a new (and my first) FS mountain bike. My price range is around $1000 and the LBS has these two bikes. I have the catalogs w/ me so i'll list the info:
Trek Fuel 80
Frame: Fully independent cross country suspension at a hardtail weight. Alpha SLR aluminum in a Pro Race geometry.
Wheels: Bontrager Corvair is fast and tough, with machined sidewalls for smooth braking.
Suspension: Rock Shox Judy C fork (80mm travel) and Cane Creek AD-5 rear air shock (up to 3" of rear wheel travel) are dialed for XC racing.
Components: Shimano Alivio crank and 24-speed shifting. Deore RD, SRAM 5.0 FD.
Schwinn Rocket 88 Stage 4
Completely New for 2001 Schwinn Ride Tuned™ Rocket 88™ Suspension Frame w/ Custom Drawn, Shaped & Swaged Tubing: Hi/Lo 4-Pivot™ Suspension Technology w/ 88mm of Vertical Stoke Travel, and Replaceable Sealed Cartridge Bearings at all Pivots
New “Leading Axle” Manitou Magnum Suspension Fork w/ Adjustable Preload & 76mm of Spring/Elastomer Travel and Fox Vanilla Rear Shock
27-Speed Drive-Train w/ Shimano LX/XT Derailleurs, Shimano Deore Rapid Fire Shifters, & Tektro Alloy Direct Pull Brakes & Levers
Tioga Factory XC Sport Double Wall Alloy Rims w/ CNC Sidewalls, Kore 1.5” Riser Bar & Kore Lite, Michelin XL Tires
I'm wanting a durable bike that'll last me a little while and one that can take some medium size drops.
The thing that worries me about the Trek is that it seems to use lower end front and rear derailleurs. Should that concern me that much?
Any and all suggestions welcome. My only bike options are trek, schwinn and cannondale.
Posted by Philip on 05/11/01