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Old 12-26-05, 11:18 PM   #1
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Hybrid brand quality

Looking to purchase a hybrid but can't decide between the Trek 7200 or upgrading to the Giant Cypress LX. Anyone have background on the reputation between these brands in this category?
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Old 12-27-05, 12:07 AM   #2
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I think Trek has a better reputation regarding quality. The Giant package maybe a good alternative.
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Old 12-27-05, 12:09 AM   #3
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Trek and Giant are both reputable. There is a good chance that Giant made the frame for Trek.
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Old 12-27-05, 11:37 AM   #4
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Looking to purchase a hybrid but can't decide between the Trek 7200 or upgrading to the Giant Cypress LX. Anyone have background on the reputation between these brands in this category?
I have an older Trek 7200 from 2000 that I really like. I use it for my commuter bike. It's aluminum with a CroMoly fork. The newer 7200s are even nicer with better components and carbon fiber fork. I've never had a problem with mine, although I did change the seat to a Terry Liberator X and changed the pedals to those Shimano ones that are flat on one side, SPD on the other.

No experience with the Giant though, sorry.
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Old 12-27-05, 12:27 PM   #5
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I have a Trek 7200 and a 7.5 FX and I really like them. I'd recommend the FX over the standard ones unless you get the top of the line models. I can lift my 7.5 FX with one finger. The 7200 is a lot heavier and the suspension fork can't be locked out and you waste energy going up hill without a lockout. The 7200 is however, more comfortable to ride and the 7.5 FX takes less energy to ride. If you're really serious about biking, I'd consider the top of the line models or else you might be tempted to do upgrades like I was.
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Old 12-27-05, 01:09 PM   #6
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I've had both a 7200FX and a Cypress. I liked the Trek much better. I was constantly having to re-true the wheels on the Cypress. Of course the FX was also a rigid fork, which I prefer on anything but a dedicated MTB.
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Old 12-27-05, 01:15 PM   #7
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Two good companies...the "tie breaker" might be the bike shop. If one brand has a LBS near your home that offers first rate service, and the other brand does not...go where the service is.

These days, the difference between any two $300 bikes or any two $600 bikes in "build" quality can be trivial. But, the difference in service between "Shop A" and "Shop B" can be enormous.
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Old 12-27-05, 02:19 PM   #8
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Looking to purchase a hybrid but can't decide between the Trek 7200 or upgrading to the Giant Cypress LX. Anyone have background on the reputation between these brands in this category?

My 2003 Cypress LX hasn't given me a lick of problems (8k miles) - though I did replace the wheelset with Mavic 719's and the BB that went south on me after 7k.
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I've had both a 7200FX and a Cypress. I liked the Trek much better. I was constantly having to re-true the wheels on the Cypress. Of course the FX was also a rigid fork, which I prefer on anything but a dedicated MTB.

The stock wheelset with the Cypress LX (at least in '03) was sh*t.
But everyone who tours/commutes should upgrade to A719's anyway
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Old 12-27-05, 09:00 PM   #10
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I test rode the Trek and bought an 04 Giant last spring. In 700 miles I have only had to tighten the spokes once on my Cypress. Either bike is a good choice and should make you happy.
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