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Old 04-04-07, 08:13 AM   #1
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Gary Fisher Zebrano v. Nirvana v. ?

I haven't owned a bike for a number of years am looking for a hybrid to start commuting to work in good weather (8 mi each way) and recreational riding with my family.

My LBS has prior year closeout on the rigid-fork versions of the Gary Fisher Zebrano ($320) and Nirvana ($400). They feel about the same (actually, the Nirvana's seat was less comfortable although that's obviously an issue that can be modified). Is the component quality worth the $80 difference? Should I be looking for something even higher-end?

In theory I could afford to go up but at this point question how "avid" I will become (how I will react adapt to riding in traffic, etc.).

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Hello

I have ridden a Nirvana, for the last two years, about 3000 miles a
year. Commuting, back and forth to work 8 miles, all year winter,
summer, spring and fall. I haven't had the first bit of trouble with
it. I work at a LBS, and get to bring it, inside, so it doesn't sit
outside in the weather. Just do the regular cleaning and lubing.
The seat was a little hard ar first, but my butt, got broken in.
And now it's like a easy chair. I also use it for the bike paths
here in Ohio.
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Thanks. What led you to buy the Nirvana in the first place? After reading through lots of different forum postings about the Treks and Fishers I've actually now been wondering whether the Trek 7500FX (Fisher Utopia equiv?) might not be an even wiser choice, although the price jump of several hundred $$ is quite substantial....
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I got the Fisher, because, it seem like a good
bike. And since Fisher is made by Trek, they
are about the same bike. The only thing I
had to decide about was to get frt. fork
regular or susp. So I guess it come down
to which is the lower price, or if price is
no problem.It's the one you like the best.
I would say ride both, both make by same
compary, one might feel better to you. That
want we, tell them at the LBS I work at.
Enjoy your new bike, which ethier one you get.
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I've owned a Nirvana for a couple of years. It's got around 3000 miles on her and it has been FLAWLESS! I originall purchased the Nirvana because it had better componets and the price was right. Recently fell in love with a new Trek hybrid, but decided it's cheaper to upgrade my Nirvana than to buy the Trek, besides, I've really grown fond of my Nirvana. I replaced the CM original fork with a Bontrager carbon fiber one, Bontrager 700 X 32 Race Lite tires, Delore front crank, BB, and derailure, new cassette, and chain. Good to go for several thousand more miles. Weight is 28 LB's with rear rack installed, and what a GREAT bike!.

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