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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/27/13 11:57 P

I would question the shop on maintenance and replacement costs on the various options. I have thousands of miles on both of my Treks -- road and hybrid. I have only had to replace the pads and service the cables. All of the tires have the original rims and there hasn't been an issue.

Unless you are doing a lot of descents, technical riding or going through the mud, I don't think it would be worth the expense or necessary. Sure wish I could afford a new road bike. My dream would be to get a Waterford, but I'm sure that will remain just a dream. Happy trails!

MANDMDAD Posts: 550
3/27/13 10:32 A

I just bought my third Trek - you can't beat them. I have ridden Giant and Specialized in the past. My current ride is a 29er Gary Fisher Superfly.

If it fits you well, that is the key. Trek bikes are built to last, and if you want to at some point you can always upgrade the whole thing or just specific parts.

Personally, I wouldn't go without hydraulic disk brakes, but I ride hard trails an steep technical descents, so braking is important to me.

BILL60 Posts: 367,017
3/27/13 9:48 A

The most important fact of purchasing a bike is how it feels. It must be comfortable. If possible, test ride it for 30+ minutes in a variety of terrain. Good luck!!

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,688)
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3/27/13 1:49 A

I have been looking at the 3500. I think it is a great solid ride. I have an 820 now, and I also think it is a great bike

KA_JUN SparkPoints: (58,604)
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3/26/13 8:59 P

Don't have experience with the 3500, but from what you described your intended usage would be, seems like a good solid ride. Mostly bike paths, light trail (i.e. crushed limestone?) and the occasional singletrack adventure? Seems like it would be a solid rig for that application. Are you intending to commute with it, too?

You may want to ask on this team, there are plenty of Trek riders there, some who might be able to offer you more model specific advice.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
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Hydro disc brakes are great for singletrack, but probably excessive. Avid BB7s are a good solid mechanical disc brake with less upkeep.

Edited by: KA_JUN at: 3/26/2013 (21:01)
SHANECODER SparkPoints: (21,967)
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3/26/13 7:12 P

Disk brakes are nice, but we rode bikes for years without them. The brakes on a 3500 will work great if you want to save the money. I also wouldn't worry about wearing out the rims.

My friend's wife has a 3500 that she never rides. Her kids like it! Wish I could give you a better review of that specific model.

I have a trek road and mountain bike. I love them both! Same friend has a 5200 and a trek road bike. He loves them both. Trek makes some nice bikes.

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
3/26/13 5:11 P

My biggest concern is spending the extra money on the disc brakes, or just getting traditional rim brakes. I test drove 2 disc brake bikes today, cable and hydraulic (the hydraulic was amazing, but not sure the extra $150 is worth it for my riding.) I mainly ride paved/dirt smooth trails, but there are times where I will go out to the state park and do some off roading. I am thinking about going with the disc brakes mainly for the fact that you can stop thru water/mud/dirt, etc. Plus, they won't wear out your rims.

CTG492 Posts: 14
3/26/13 5:09 P

I have 3 Treks, Two Navigators and a 7.2. Can't offer help on the model you are looking at. Can only say I have been adding up miles on mine and they are lasting well with general maintenance. I can only guess the miles they have logged. I am rolling towards 4,000 miles for the year 2013, well that is my goal emoticon

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
3/26/13 4:28 P

I am going to be purchasing a brand new Trek bike here within the next few days. I test rode a few today, and am leaning towards a 3500 model. Wondering if anyone has any reviews with this model, or suggests a different one? I am trying to keep the budget under $500 without accessories. I test rode a Cali (omg...so nice) but it is a little out of my price range at this time. Thanks!

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