If you've read any of my other posts, you know I'm shopping for a new bike. Here is my latest experience (also posted in the General Cycling forum)...
I rode two different '09 hybrids today; the Cannondale Adventure 3 (priced at $599 at my LBS) and the Trek 7200 (priced at $480 at the trusty LBS). I wanted to ride a 7300 but none in stock; available at ~$600 I was told and they could get one in a day or two. I would probably buy the 7300 given the upgrades on it versus the 7200.
I rode the Trek first and loved it. It was comfortable and the slightly less upright seating versus the comfort bikes I've ridden (Specialized, Townie, Raleigh, and Jamis) was no problem at all. Both bikes had 700c tires and felt equal in that respect.
Rode the Cannondale next and was somewhat surprised by two things - the shifter for the front gears (1-2-3) and the seat. While the Trek's preload was adjusted to compensate for my size, not enough could be dialed in on the Cannondale (according the salesman after trying) to keep me from bottoming out. This in itself is not an issue because I will probably put a non-suspended post on anyways.
But the shifter thing had me puzzled. On the Trek, it shifted quickly and flawlessly in any gear. Both used grip shifters (I don't recall the exact details of the components) but when I was shifting the Cannodale for the front gears, there were 'detents' in between the gears which, if I did not shift quickly from say, 1 to 2, and go through the extra 'clicks' on the shifter itself (and you could see the gear indicator move with each 'click' between the numbers) the chain would be clicking impatiently until the derailleur was lined up completely.
Now, I am a HUGE Cannodale fan havig gotten such great service from my M500 over the years but today's experience was not what I was expecting. My M500 has trigger shifts so this kind of thing is not possible - is the grip shifter the reason for the slow front gear change?
Is this normal or was something not right on the bike? I asked the young salesman and he said it did not sound right to him and that they would look at it but I really do not know if he had all that much technical knowledge.
So - help? Is this normal and thereby nothing or is it something that can be easily corrected? Experiences with either bike?
Any and all replies will be appreciated! Thank you!