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Old 02-29-08, 02:32 PM   #1
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Need help choosing entry level Hybrid..

I'm a noob to cycling and haven't been on a bike in 15 years. After a bit of research, I've decided on a hybrid for practical and financial purposes. I've narrow my top three choices to the Giant Cypress, Trek 7100 and the Cannondale Adventure 5. Can the cycling gurus please enlighten me on which one to choose? Build quality, better components with the weight, durability(I ride at least an hour a day) and ease of pedalling up hills being the most crucial (I'm a bit out of shape). Generally used for mild exercise, riding with my VERY high energy dog and occasionally riding bike paths. Thanks for everyone's help!
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Old 02-29-08, 03:54 PM   #2
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I have a Trek 7100 and I'll say that it's a fine machine. The gears are such that you should be able to fly when you want, and climb hills when you need to with no problem. The bike is not light; however, I think that weight is really overrated. After all you're dealing with the weight on wheels.
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Old 02-29-08, 04:15 PM   #3
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I have a Trek 7200 and while I like the bike for commuting I would go with the FX model if I was to have a "do over".
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What about the Trek 7.2FX compared to the Cypress DX with disc brakes?

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IMO if you are looking at hybrids that are similarly priced it will come down to how the bike feels when you actually ride it. Make sure to test ride each bike for at least 30min to really get the feel for how it rides. Hybrids around the same price range have such similar components that choosing one over the other should not be based solely on this factor alone. One important component is the wheelset depending on what the conditions of the roads are in your area. Around here the roads are horrible, so a nice sturdy wheelset makes a huge difference.

Have you test ridden these bikes?
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Have not ridden them yet.
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For my $, I'd skip the disk brakes and opt for a little better drive train.
If you are going to ride pavement only, skip the suspension.
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For my $, I'd skip the disk brakes and opt for a little better drive train.
If you are going to ride pavement only, skip the suspension.
Agreed, suspension just adds weight and sucks energy out of your pedaling on a paved road and provides little, if any, increase in comfort in the saddle. Disk brakes are handy if you are hauling heavy loads up and down hills in wet conditions but if your riding is mostly just carrying you in fair weather they are completely unnecessary.
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While you are looking at Giants, check out the FCR3. I tried both the Cypress and FCR3 and liked the FCR3 better. I commute about 10 miles each way over a very hilly route. I thought the Cypress suspension tended to 'pump' going up steep hills and prefer no suspension.
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Thanks folks! I did look at the FCR3 but thought it was a bit too "racy" for my needs but the ease of pedalling may be worth it! I'm gonna check out the standard Cypress and the FCR3 tomorrow!
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Rode both, the FRC3 was a bit too "roadie" for my current needs so I went with the Cypress DX in black fade. I thought the saddle was very comfortable and it rode great. Gonna give it a real whirl this evening!
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