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2004 Trek Nirvana vs 2004 Trek Cake 2_GS

The Trek Nirvana and Trek Cake 2_GS are both Cross Country bikes. Both bikes have Aluminium / Alloy frames. The Trek Nirvana has wheels, while the Trek Cake 2_GS has 26" wheels. The forks on the Trek Nirvana are RockShox, while the Trek Cake 2_GS has Manitou forks. The Trek Nirvana comes in SM, MD, LG, XL, XXL, SM, MD, LG, while the Trek Cake 2_GS comes in XS, MD.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Silver Series aluminum hybrid
  • RockShox Metro GPS, 60mm travel
  • Alex ACE 19 aluminum rims, Shimano C201 rear hub, Bontrager Select Invert Hardcase tires
  • Bontrager Select Invert Hardcase, 700x35c
  • Shimano T303 48/38/28 w/chainguard
  • Shimano T301
  • Shimano Deore
  • Shimano Alivio
  • Alloy linear pull w/power modulator w/ Alloy linear pull
  • Bontrager Crowbar Sport
  • Bontrager CRZ+
  • Alloy suspension
  • Adjustable rise AHS
  • Aheadset, Semi-cartridge
  • Platinum Series ZR9000 double-butted aluminum, Genesisters Geometry
  • Manitou Black Super Air Women's, 100mm travel
  • 26"
  • IRC Serac XC, 26x2.1, folding
  • Bontrager Race 44/32/22 w/ISIS
  • Shimano Deore LX
  • Shimano Deore XT
  • Shimano Deore LX
  • Avid SD-5 direct pull w/ Avid SD-5 direct pull
  • Bontrager Crowbar Select WSD
  • Titec Nixie Amore Womenà s, CrMo rails
  • Bontrager Select
  • Bontrager Select
  • Alloy Aheadset, Semi-cartridge, Sealed

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

A wise Mountain biker

What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.