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    Quality Control & Other Questions From a Novice

    It's time to buy a new Hybrid, it's been 15 years...

    I really like Tiberon by Gary Fisher. Very comfortable ride.

    Shifters: Shimano EF50
    RD: Shimano Acera
    FD: Shimano C102

    The performance of the components was alright nothing memorable.

    I then tried the Nirvana not as comfortable as the Tiburon, but that could be due to the different saddle. But performance of the componentry was like night and day, like nothing I've ever experienced before. (I've been using the Exage 300 LX that came stock on my Bridgestone CB-1)

    Shifters:
    Alivio M410
    RD: Deore
    FD: Shimano C102

    Compare bikes side by side here:

    http://www.fisherbikes.com/compare/r...bike=Tiburon_S


    Has anyone ever heard of Gary Fisher before?

    Are they a quality outfit? (My LBS sells them)

    I heard that they are made in China. Should I be concerned with quality of build issues?

    Would it be possible to put the components of the Nirvana on the Tiburon? (I'm trying to get the gears to shift as smooth as silk, as they did on Nirvana....)

    And finally, is there different geometry at work with the Nirvana, than the Tiburon?

    Are there any other brands i should be looking at?

    Thanks in advance,

    David

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    Just get the Nirvana and switch the seat from the Tiberon onto it. Gary Fisher is one of the original founders of mountain biking; a company which is now owned by Trek, so you can't go wrong with this name brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckonbents
    .....I heard that they are made in China. Should I be concerned with quality of build issues?.....
    The majority of bike parts are made in China or Taiwan. Your best bet is to visit as many shops as possible and test ride many bikes. Buy the bike that feels best from the shop that feels best. If you think it's necessary, speak with the shop staff about swapping out any required parts. It is often better to have the shop swap out the saddle, etc., for you before yo buy the bike. It is generally cheaper than buying the bike and then buying a seperate saddle, because the shop may be able to sell your new, original saddle to someone else. The shop may be unable to give you a saddle off of one of the other bikes in the showroom, but they should be able to set you up with something that suits your butt.

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    Would it be possible to put the components of the Nirvana on the Tiburon? (I'm trying to get the gears to shift as smooth as silk, as they did on Nirvana....)
    What do you think would account for the smoother shifting on the Nirvana, and could I re-create that "enviroment" (for lack of a better word), on the Tiburon? (So I could get that smooth as silk shifting?

    I've read on BF.net that it was thought that having better shifters was more important than deraileurs. So which bike has the better shifters?

    And finally, is there different geometry at work with the Nirvana, than the Tiburon?


    Thanks in advance,

    David

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