Trek Stache 7 vs Cannondale Beast of the East 2

I'm trying to decide between what seems to me as almost two identical bikes. One is made by Cannondale while the other is a Trek.

They are both priced the same. What are some of the key components that I should compare to help me make my decision?

Any suggestions or recommendations are welcome?

I’m open to all Ideas.

Thank you all so much in advance.

  • Have you ridden them? The first thing is that they have different wheel sizes in this case, which can give different handling. – Batman Sep 8 '16 at 17:32
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    Seems kinda ridiculous to buy a 2000+ dollar bicycle without trying it. – Batman Sep 8 '16 at 19:01
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    I don't understand. You seem to want to spend a huge amount of money on a bike without having any idea what might make a bike worth so much money. – David Richerby Sep 8 '16 at 21:56
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    I think the color is important ... – andy256 Sep 9 '16 at 1:56
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    Its very easy to advocate always testing a bike before riding it, but in some cases its just not practical. I'd have to drive 100's of miles each way to get a proper test ride on either of of these models. And i'm sure we can all agree that a car-park test ride is pretty useless for a MTB. – Andy P Sep 9 '16 at 14:35

Before outnumbering some key points I usually look when I want to buy a bike, I will tell you this: Ride them both. Form an opinion for each one and buy the one you think that comes better to you.

  1. Compare their peripherials (suspension, drivetrain, brakes etc). Check what their manufacturer made them for and the warranty provided. If you have two bikes having drivetrain from the same manufacturer, it is wise you choose the one that might have a better series on (why get sram x9 if you can have xx for example).
  2. What is the frame warranty from the manufacturer?
  3. Make sure you know what are you spending your money to. Both bikes you are looking at are expensive xc bikes with some top peripherials. What discipline do you really want to ride? Do you need something that expensive? Are you a competitor, or just a fan of mtb?
  4. What is your experience level? Beginner or pro? Spending a huge amount of money on a bike as a beginner is wrong. Learning and evolving on a reliable, yet not top of the class bike, will make you a better rider.

I suppose you are a beginner. If you are not oriented to racing xc, get a cheaper bike. Once you have learned technical stuff and have concluded to the ride discipline you prefer, get a serious bike.

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    Did you look at the bikes? Neither of them have any top peripherals, nor are they XC focussed, and you certainly wouldn't be racing on them. I would have said with the exception of being slightly pricey, they would both make excellent first mountain bikes. – Andy P Sep 9 '16 at 14:32
  • Yes, i did. They might not be the +7.000$ ultra racing toys, but they are considerably better than the average -1000$ scott scale or the trek superfly. It is almost twice the money. My firm belief is, if we are talking about someone who is new to mtb and making his/her early steps, they should start with a cheap, yet reliable bike. Not only they will learn better what is that they really want to ride, they will also have an extra 1000$ saved to get a more suitable bike. That is my opinion. That's why a buyer must know what he wants and what his level is. – Chris Tsiakoulas Sep 10 '16 at 12:06
  • @ChrisTsiakoulas, both Trek Stache 7 and Cannondale Beast of the East 2 are advertised for trail and not XC. Trek Superfly & Procaliber and Cannondale F-Si are designed for cross-country. – Cristian Ciupitu Aug 23 '17 at 19:06
  • Having ridden lots of mountain bikes in a bunch o different disciplines, i can assure you all those bikes are capable of riding more than what they are advertised about. And thats how it has to be. I cant think of anyyhing better on a bike than the flexibility to inttoduce its rider to another discipline without encountering difficulties. If the rider is willing to get dirty, these bikes will follow. – Chris Tsiakoulas Aug 30 '17 at 21:16

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