I'm considering picking up mountainbiking again but have been out of the market for a couple of years. Anyone has any experiences with Trek mountain bikes, both HT and FS? I've been riding carbon on the road for a while now but I'm not sure which way to go with mountain bikes. Anyway, let's assume
1) Pricing with respect to the different models is an issue, but not a huge huge deal
What's the big deal about trek? yes really, why? note: I am not saying don't buy, but asking why. Is it proven to be better than the others? how is it better?
If you take a trek frame, GT frame, Jamis, Voodoo, etc..... Now strip the paint from all of them, leaving bare metal only, no logos, nothing. Can you say which is the trek? They look the same, it's the same aluminium. Is trek aluminium different front the others? maybe the trek frame glows in the dark!
Bottom line, everyone's choice is personal. It is useful to hear how a decision is arrived at. Can you give us a clue to your 'personal reasons'?
My reason for going Trek is over brand loyalty. They have treated my team and me well, and the least I could do is to support them. In situations where teams are somewhat sponsored, but not given a full ride the way pro teams are, that's the least we could do. If you would want further information, I would recommend picking up the latest issue of Bicycling magazine (June). I'm told there's a 13 page article of the boys I am riding for.
Other than that, let's move on with the topic: Your Trek Mountain Bike experiences, especially with OCLV.
ego_diver, I feel that trek makes solid, if abit boring mountain bikes (especially the XC ones). However, in singapore the price of trek isn't competitive at all when compared with brands like GT, Jamis, Wheeler etc, if you compare aluminum frames. If you look up and compare prices of brands between US and Singapore (e.g Jamis US price vs Jamis Singapore price compare to Trek US price vs Trek Singapore price), you might have a better understanding why not many people choose trek here in Singapore.
As for the OCLV, it has been around since the mid 90s, so I'll say the carbon technology is proven. There shouldn't be any problem as long you are using the frame for its designed purpose.
Tiny: I totally understand the issue with Trek in Singapore, which is why I own a Kona from back in the day. Unfortunately, the bike 1) had its day 2) is too heavy to race on 3) has a high head tube length 4) half a world away.
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