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Alright, right now I am riding a Trek 3700 (nothing special), just been riding the local trails. The more I ride the more I love the sport, I want to get into doing XC and AM, I don't think my current bike will be able to handle more intense riding, so I have been looking around for a cheap alternative. And I have found a 1998 Trek Y-glide for $500. To me (a noob) this looks like a good deal, it comes in good shape there are no dents or cracks. the seat has a tear but no big deal, New tires are good, the brakes are hays hydraulic discs and are new, the rear shock is fox and the front forks are Manitou.
From what I have read these are really good bikes, mainly used for downhill, but I wanted to get some other riders opinions. Should I get it or hold off??
Thanks in advance for your help
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DejaVu said:
Alright, right now I am riding a Trek 3700 (nothing special), just been riding the local trails. The more I ride the more I love the sport, I want to get into doing XC and AM, I don't think my current bike will be able to handle more intense riding, so I have been looking around for a cheap alternative. And I have found a 1998 Trek Y-glide for $500. To me (a noob) this looks like a good deal, it comes in good shape there are no dents or cracks. the seat has a tear but no big deal, New tires are good, the brakes are hays hydraulic discs and are new, the rear shock is fox and the front forks are Manitou.
From what I have read these are really good bikes, mainly used for downhill, but I wanted to get some other riders opinions. Should I get it or hold off??
Thanks in advance for your help
-DJ
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/older-categories-bikes/bike/trek/y-glide/PRD_349280_91crx.aspx

http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycles-All-73244-Trek_Y_Glide_Deluxe__1998

http://www.users.bigpond.com/cool386/trek/trek.htm

just a few quick search results....this looks like a downhill bike....you want XC and AM....looks like heavy and too much for what you're wanting. Very outdated technology too...it's 10 years old! I'd loook for a good hardtail....how much do you want to spend?
 

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First of all you bike is an xc bike and the actual definition of all mountain is kind of blurry. Your bike will handle a lot more than you think. Save the money for a decent new hardtail and see if you can come up with a few $ more. A 10 yr old bike isn't something you want to take you to the next level.
 

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Thank you guys for the help!
With the comments you left I think I am just gonna wait it out, I like my 08' Trek 3700 a lot, and Im not looking to replace it, I was just told by a friend that a full suspension bike would be a good upgrade for me. So I have been keeping my eyes open for a good bike for a good price If I can find one then I will get it, otherwise I will continue looking.
For now, can you guys give me some ideas for upgrades/parts that might improve the preformance of my current Trek, which would be more geared toward XC or AM.
 

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I had a trek 4500 and beat the **** out it till i had the money to get a fs bike.Upgrade some of your parts like a new wheelset you would be shocked what this bike can do with some smooth riding.
 

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Better wheel set IF you are bending your current set riding the terrain that you like. Rockshox Dart3 or better fork, good set of platform pedals (those stock plastic things suck), maybe disk brakes, it all depends on what you're breaking/wearing out quickly and where you can tell that the performance is lacking. But, I'd do the pedals and ride the piss outta it, replacing as things wear out. Don't spend a ton of money on this bike, save for a better one in a year or two.
 

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Since the 3700 isnt a disc frame, discs are pretty much out. A wheel set will probably be needed at some point especially considering the weight issue but as most wheels sets out on the aftermarkt won't accept a 7 speed cassette, you're probably going to have to upgrade to an 8 speed cassette at the same time which means new shifters as well.
Ride it until something goes wrong with it. Many of the upgrades require multiple parts to upgraded. If you are concerned about how it handles your current riding, take that $500 and look for a decent new or slighly used hard tail. Otherwise, ride it until you can afford a decent FS if thats what you want.
 

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Are platform pedals better for mountain biking? or does it just depend on the type of riding I am doing?(ex. XC, AM, DH...etc.) Cuz right now I have been mainly riding XC and I have a pair of Shimano SPD clipless pedals, does that work alright? or should I still get some platforms to interchange with?
Again thank you for all your help, I am just getting into the wonderful world of mountain biking and I know a whole lot of nothing....
P.S. I will begin/ continue to "ride the piss outta my bike"< love it, thanks!
 

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Since the 3700 isnt a disc frame, discs are pretty much out. A wheel set will probably be needed at some point especially considering the weight issue but as most wheels sets out on the aftermarkt won't accept a 7 speed cassette, you're probably going to have to upgrade to an 8 speed cassette at the same time which means new shifters as well.
Ride it until something goes wrong with it. Many of the upgrades require multiple parts to upgraded. If you are concerned about how it handles your current riding, take that $500 and look for a decent new or slighly used hard tail. Otherwise, ride it until you can afford a decent FS if thats what you want.
Specs for 2008 model...didn't say what year his is:
http://www.trekbikes.com/int/en/bikes/2008/mountain_hardtail/3_series/3700/

Frameset
Sizes 13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5"
Frame Alpha White Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts
Front Suspension SR Suntour M-2025, 63mm
Wheels
Wheels Alloy hubs; Matrix 550 rims
Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
Drivetrain
Shifters Shimano EF50, 7 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano C051
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Crank SR Suntour XCC-T208 48/38/28
Cassette Sunrace 13-34, 7 speed
Pedals Nylon platform
Components
Saddle Bontrager Approved
Seat Post Bontrager Approved
Handlebars Bontrager Approved, 30mm rise
Stem Bontrager Approved, 25 degree
Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano EF50 levers
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Blurredvision, good advice overall.
 

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Also, what should I keep in mind when looking into new fork, I was actually looking into the Rockshox Dart 3. I saw that it has 100 mm of travel, Im guessing thats the amount the spring um....'compresses' I saw on another forum that some people were talking about how much they weigh in relasionship to the amount of travel. And I am a big boy (6'-2" 220lbs) will 100 mm be enough or should I look for something more/less?

And is the tube diameter on the fork (where it conects to the frame) a universal size? or do I need to make sure that will fit as well.

Any help/ suggestions on forks would be awesome since I have been debating on getting a new one for awhile now, I just have no clue what to look for.
 

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Are platform pedals better for mountain biking? or does it just depend on the type of riding I am doing?(ex. XC, AM, DH...etc.) Cuz right now I have been mainly riding XC and I have a pair of Shimano SPD clipless pedals, does that work alright? or should I still get some platforms to interchange with?
Personal preference....I like to be able to put my foot down quickly...
 

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Also, what should I keep in mind when looking into new fork, I was actually looking into the Rockshox Dart 3. I saw that it has 100 mm of travel, Im guessing thats the amount the spring um....'compresses' I saw on another forum that some people were talking about how much they weigh in relasionship to the amount of travel. And I am a big boy (6'-2" 220lbs) will 100 mm be enough or should I look for something more/less?

And is the tube diameter on the fork (where it conects to the frame) a universal size? or do I need to make sure that will fit as well.

Any help/ suggestions on forks would be awesome since I have been debating on getting a new one for awhile now, I just have no clue what to look for.
get an air fork.

you can dial in as much preload as you want, if you're heavy like i am. the steerer tube diameter is standard for all new...er bikes. most typical mountain bikes have 1 1/8'', older ones have 1'', downhill and some AM/FR have 1.5. cannondale uses a special 1.56...etc that requires special downsizing kits to change it to work with typical forks.
 

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Personal preference....I like to be able to put my foot down quickly...
every time i think about going clipless i have one of those oh shi- moments.
 

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An air fork would cost more than the bike did new. Not worth it. Travel though doesnt affect how the fork will handle weight. Spring rates determine how much force or weight it takes to compress the fork. Travel however will affect the bikes geometry and too much will have a possibly negative effect on handling and add stress to the frame. I'd probably recomment the Dart 2 as it's an 80mm fork and would have a minimal impact on your bikes geometry. I certainly wouldnt go over 100mm. Get the right springs to handle your weight if it becomes an issue.
 

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DejaVu said:
Are platform pedals better for mountain biking? or does it just depend on the type of riding I am doing?(ex. XC, AM, DH...etc.)
For XC type riding, clipless is the way to go. Many DH racers use clipless too.

Clipless is not so good for learning wheelies, drops and such. In those situations you may need the ability to eject instantly in any direction. Same thing with jumps and stunts. Maybe also in places where a simple fall might put you over a cliff edge...
 

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Personal preference....I like to be able to put my foot down quickly...
I can get my foot out of my clipless pedals and onto the ground just as quickly as what somebody with platforms can.
 

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OK, so what do you guys think about upgrading the brakes on my bike to disc brakes?
Would it improve my stopping power significantly? Is it even worth it on my bike?
If so, what brand/ type would you recomend that is fairly cheap?

Is there any other upgrades that you feel are a must have, maybe something you did to your bike that you feel turned your bike into a real 'machine'? < just curious...
 

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I don't think you should do much "upgrading" on your bike.

The essentials that I did to my first "real" bike (still have it) were for comfort and tuning the riding position, after I had a feel for what I needed:
- a seat that fit me better (tried lots of saddles at LBS)
- a different bar (wider in my case)
- a different stem (I went shorter)
- better grips
- clipless pedals (needed new pedals anyway. The container ship carrying my warranty replacement burned at sea.)
 

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Save your money 4 a new bike,or buy things that can go on the next bike like a saddle pedals etc.A dart aint much of a upgrade and unless u ride in muddy conditions id leave the v brakes on and save save save youll be better off in the long run.
 

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I may purchase a new stem, handlebar, seatpost and saddle... but I have now clue what sizes/ diameters I need for my 2008 Trek 3700. Does anyone know this information, or know where I can find it. Thanks
 
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