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Just got my new MTB

RauRau Posts: 22
edited August 2009 in Your mountain bikes
I'm a (sort of) beginner. I had a really old Raleigh FS bike which I bought 2nd hand, but the frame was extremely heavy, the suspension barely worked and the brakes and gears needed replacing too. I also needed a larger frame size. So, I bought this Trek 6300 hardtail today, for £600 (l got £75 off).

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I know it doesn't compare to many of the bikes I've seen here, but I'll post the specs from the website for anyone who's interested. :)

Frameset

Frame:
Alpha Black Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, hydroformed bi-axial down tube and top tube, monostay seatstays, forged disc ready dropouts
Front Suspension: RockShox Dart 3 w/preload, lockout, alloy steerer, 100mm

Wheels

Wheels: Shimano M475 disc hubs; Bontrager Ranger, 32-hole rims w/eyelets
Tires: Bontrager Jones XR, 26x2.2/2.25"; 27 tpi

Drivetrain

Shifters: Shimano Deore, 9 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Crank: Shimano M442 Octalink 44/32/22
Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals: Alloy platform

Components

Saddle: Bontrager Race Basic
Seat Post: Bontrager SSR, 20mm offset
Handlebars: Bontrager Race Riser, 25mm rise, 650mm width
Stem: Bontrager SSR, 10 degree, 31.8mm
Headset: VP-A76C-TK, 1 1/8" semi-cartridge, sealed
Brakeset: Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc; 185mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor


Have I done well for £600? I had considered others from Evans but they had a poor selection at thier Milton Keynes shop, and I didn't want to risk the £50 deposit you have to pay to order one in. The bikes at my local Halfords looked like they'd been put together by a 12 year old, and the staff weren't too helpful. So I opted to using a local shop, where the staff were amazingly helpful and gave me a nice discount. They also had loads of bikes built up for me to test ride.
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Posts

  • Si78Si78 Posts: 963
    Nice looking bike mate 8)

    I've got a Dart 3, and I'm sure Max recommended rotor size is 160mm, but you have 185mm. :?:
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  • RauRau Posts: 22
    Si78 wrote:
    Nice looking bike mate 8)

    I've got a Dart 3, and I'm sure Max recommended rotor size is 160mm, but you have 185mm. :?:

    Cheers :)

    All the parts are as standard from the manufacturer. Surely Trek wouldn't list discs which were too big for the forks? :?

    I'm taking it for a proper test now
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  • Si78Si78 Posts: 963
    Rau wrote:
    Si78 wrote:
    Nice looking bike mate 8)

    I've got a Dart 3, and I'm sure Max recommended rotor size is 160mm, but you have 185mm. :?:

    Cheers :)

    All the parts are as standard from the manufacturer. Surely Trek wouldn't list discs which were too big for the forks? :?

    I'm taking it for a proper test now

    Yeah I doubt Trek would do something unsafe!

    I had been looking at getting a larger front disc rotor, but when I looked at the RockShox site it said Max rotor size for Dart 3 is 160mm.

    So I'm confused too lol :?

    Enjoy your ride :D
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  • rwalworthrwalworth Posts: 176
    I like the exposed brickwork on your walls, very nice.

    ps, nice bike too
  • RauRau Posts: 22
    Si78 wrote:
    Enjoy your ride :D
    Got caked in mud this afternoon. Gotta love the British 'Summer' wind, rain and cold :roll:
    rwalworth wrote:
    I like the exposed brickwork on your walls, very nice.

    ps, nice bike too
    Heh thanks

    At the risk of turning this into a thread about exposed brickwork, I took a couple of pictures for you :?
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  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    Nice ride.
    And that's a unique Dart 3, never seen that one before, looks great.

    About the rotor, maybe RS did some testing and they concluded that the Darts
    can handle 185mm rotors, probably. :?
  • reevie25reevie25 Posts: 254
    Love that bike. there's nothing quite like seeing a brand new bike like that
  • llamafarmerllamafarmer Posts: 1,893
    Lovely looking bike mate, well done!

    There seems to be a lot of spacers under your stem (or is it one giant one? :? ), I'd take a few out personally...
  • Rich9Rich9 Posts: 1,635
    Nice ride. Like the paint job!
    2014 Whyte T-129S
  • cameraukcamerauk Posts: 1,000
    edited August 2009
    I had 185 rotors on me Dart 3's and they were fine not sure if they came as standard or not as i got my bike secondhand, have since upgraded forks to recon race
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  • pte1643pte1643 Posts: 518
    Seriously sexy looking bike you have there. 8)

    There looks to be a spacer in betwen the Front caliper and the Fork leg... Which would explain the reason the Dart is able to take the 185 rotor.
  • awesome bike, good call! I'll bet it's a sweet ride, been on many adventures on it?
  • looks trick dude
    decide if its a boy or a girl
    name it
    Then go ride til uv got numb plumz and ur face is as grubby as ur BB
    Couple of 5 spots, a hummer and a handjob.....
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