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Old 03-07-11, 08:31 PM   #1
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Marin Belvedere vs. Giant Cypress SX

I have the opportunity to buy either:

2011 Giant Cypress SX or 2008 Marin Belvedere. Both are $300 and in great condition.

I live in New Orleans and got rid of my road bike because the roads down here are so poor. I assume moving to one of these bikes will be able to handle the bumps better? The bike will be used for short rides around town (to the park, movie theater, etc.). Though the roads are terrible, New Orleans is dead flat. Not a hill to be found.

Is either of these clearly better? Both good deals?

I am 5'-10", 150 lbs.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-08-11, 02:33 PM   #2
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I have a Marin Belvedere which I used for commuting and a winter bike. It has it's purpose especially if your not in a hurry and I have nothing bad to say about it. I don't praise it either by the way but it does have the most miles ridden of any of my four bikes.
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I have a cypress st (the steel version) and found it an adequate starter bike. after awhile you might want to migrate to one with a less upright sitting position.

the rear wheel is not terribly strong, but you are light enough that it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 03-09-11, 10:51 AM   #4
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Right on, sounds like both of these are good not great. I won't be riding a ton, so I am just looking for something well-built and a decent value.

One other question, looking at the geometry of these bikes, they seem to have the right standover height for me (33" inseam -> standover height of about 31"), but the top tube effective is a little long. My calculated top tube (from (Torso + Arm)/2 - 6)) is 20.25" and the top tube effective for these bikes is in the 22.5" area. Is that a big deal? What will that do to my ride, bearing in mind I won't be riding for more than a couple miles at a time?

Thanks for all the help.
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