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!
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!!
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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
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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.
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.
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
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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