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:: My Story

This is a brief story of how I got back into biking for the first time since I was a kid.  If you'd like to go straight to the bike details and photos then scroll down.

Recently I taught my son how to ride his bicycle without training wheels and part of that deal was that I would ride with him. That promise was relatively hard to keep without actually owning a bike myself, so I had to remedy that! Having not ridden a bike since I myself was a kid, I really didn't know where to start or what to buy. After several trips to Walmart, Target, and Kmart mixed with research online it became clear that the typical "retail store" bikes were not for me. Everywhere I looked online they basically said the same thing, that the retail store bikes would not hold up, shift properly, or be enjoyable to ride. With price a definite factor I settled in on a 2005 Diamondback Outlook. I had the Outlook for a week and put about 30 miles on it. In that 30 miles I developed concern about proper fit and the quality of the components, specifically the front suspension fork and the headset. I attempted to put my concerns to rest by taking the Outlook back and trading it in on a 2005 Diamondback Response. The Response is two bikes higher in the Diamondback line and every component is just a bit better and stouter. While certainly not up there with the quality of the expensive mountain bikes, the Response offered decent components and a relatively quality build. I quickly noticed that some of the components on my Response were not what were advertised by Diamondback. Specifically the shifters were Acera not Alivio, and the rear hub was not Shimano as promised. After getting the runaround for two hours on the phone by Diamonback (same maker and support as Raleigh Bikes) I called Dicks Sporting Goods, where I had purchased both bikes, and they kindly took the DB Response back as well.

After all of that mess I finally took the advise of the members and others with experience, I went to my LBS (Local Bike Shop). I called around to several shops looking for the right bike that fell within my price range. I finally settled on Cycling Spoken Here located in Cary, NC and the Trek 4300 (non disc) bike. The Trek 4300 is one of their lower end bikes, but several from their bottom rung. With some decent components, Trek's reputation, Trek's warranty, and the service of a LBS that actually fit me to the bike and supported their product I was finally happy. I went with the non disk brake model for two reasons. First because everywhere I read they said that the Shimano Alivio discs that I would have gotten were pretty low end discs and that the V-brakes would be just as good. Secondly because it was about $100 cheaper to stay with the V-Brakes. If I ever find the need to have disc brakes I can upgrade and put a decent set on the bike that would be much better than the Alivio's, so the non disc model was better for me all around. Here are the specs and a few pics of the Trek 4300 that I finally settled with.

:: 2005 Trek 4300 Pictures and Description



              Trek 4300 Mountain Bike

Size 19.5 inches
Color Rally Blue/Smooth Silver
Frame Alpha SL Aluminum
Front Suspension RST Gila T5 w/preload adjust, 80mm
Wheels* Sun Rhyno Lite (front and back)
Tires* IRC Mythos XC Racing Kevlar Bead Tires
Front Hub* Shimano Deore LX HB-M570-S
Rear Hub* Shimano Deore LX FH-M570-S
Shifters* Shimano SL-MC20 Rapidfire Shifter Pods
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney C050
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RD-MC20
Crankset SR Suntour XCC-150 42/34/24
Cassette Sram PG850 11-32T 8 speed
Chain Shimano IG
Bottom Bracket  
Pedals Shimano PD-M520 SPD clipless pedals.
Saddle Bontrager Sport ATB
Seat post Bontrager Sport
Handlebars Bontrager Crowbar Sport
Stem* Bontrager Select 110mm, 10deg Rise
Headset VP-A76C AHS semi-cartridge
Brakes* Avid Single Digit 7 V-Brakes
Brake Levers* Avid Speed Dial 7 Levers
Grips Bontrager

* - Not Stock

Add Ons:

  •  Water Bottle

  •  Cateye Micro Wireless Computer (CC-MC100W)



  • Replaced the stock WTB Dual Duty XC's  on Acera FH-RM60-8 rear and generic alloy front with Sun Rhyno Lite's on Shimano LX hubs.

  • Replaced the stock Bontrager Sport 110mm 25deg rise stem with a Bontrager Select 110mm, 10deg rise stem.  This stretched me out a little bit and gave me a little bit more aggressive riding position.

  • Replaced the stock Shimano EF29 dual control shifter/brake levers with Shimano SL-MC20 Rapid Fire shifter pods and Avid Single Digit 7 v-brakes.

  • Added Avid Speed Dial 7 brake levers to replace the EF29 dual controls that were removed in favor of the new shifters.

  • Replace the stock Bontrager Jones ACX 26x2.2 tires with IRC Mythos XC  Racing  26x2.1 Kevlar bead tires.

  • Replaced stock platform pedals with Shimano PD-M520 SPD clipless pedals.












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