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Old 07-04-07, 12:33 PM   #1
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GIANT vs. C'DALE: which hybrid should I buy?

Hi all, I have NO clue about all these components
I need something comfortable to commute around campus and to the hospital (nurse), smooth ride handles/absorbs bumps on the road, good acceleration. I don't have finesse. I'm kind of reckless, which I hope will fade with experience. So I need something tough and durable. Any advice, opinions would be mucho appreciated.

Cannondale Road Warrior 400 Féminine MSRP $730.--
GIANT Cypress SX MSRP $750.--
Frame: Street Si Féminine, Superlight ALUXX butted FluidForm aluminum, Comfort-Designed Ideal Body Position Geometry
Fork: Fatty R All-Conditions , Manitou South Comp 60mm Travel
Rear Shock N/A
Rims: Mach1 CFX, 32 hole , Xero XSR-3 Disc 28H
Hubs: Cannondale Earth , Xero XSR-3 Disc 28H
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion , Xero XSR-3
Tires: Continental CityRIDE, 700 x 32c , Comfort Cross 700x40C, Slime Sealant-Filled Tubes
Pedals: Wellgo resin platform w/Kraton insert , Alloy Cage w/Toe Cli[s and Straps
Crank: TruVatiV ISOflow 3.0, 28/38/48 , Truvative Touro 30/42/52T
Chain: KMC 8-speed , chain KMC Z51
Rear Cogs: Sunrace M63, 11-32
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26 , Cartridge
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio ,Shimano R443
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio, Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano Alivio Rapidfire , Shimano Rapidfire
Handlebars: Cannondale C3, 20 mm rise , Alloy Riser
Stem: Adjustable rise, Alloy Adjustable
Headset: FSA Alloy integrated
Brakeset: Lee Chi TX-120 linear-pull, Hayes HMX-2 Disc
Brakelevers: Cannondale Fire, Alloy Comfort
Saddle: Selle Royal Women's RVL , Giant WebSpring Gel Comfort
Seat Post: Promax SP-896 suspension , Alloy Micro-Adjust MDU Suspension 27.2mm QR Seat lever
Extras: Cannondale GRIND Grip, E-13 SRS Chainguide, cassette SRAM R9 12-26 9-speed cassette

didn't know where to put the cassette, no idea what it is
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Old 07-04-07, 03:48 PM   #2
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The Giant is geared higher than the C-Dale, so if you're a newbie, out of shape, and/or live somewhere really hilly you'll appreciate the C-Dale's gearing more. The C-Dale probably has tougher wheels too.

Either one will be plenty serviceable. Test ride them both and see which feels better. If you still can't make up your mind, pick the one with the better color.
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Old 07-04-07, 06:26 PM   #3
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While halfspeed's comment about the color seems flip, it really is the most significant difference after the gearing, wheels and tires. Everything else is comparable. I'd just add the dealer's reputaion and how you feel abut them to the mix. The bikes are a coin toss.
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Old 07-05-07, 06:45 AM   #5
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If it matters, and all other things being equal the Cdale is mostly made in the US. Every little bit helps, every job is important. They're both good.
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Old 07-05-07, 01:48 PM   #6
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I would not go for the Cypress as Giant also make the FCR range that would suit me better. Link is as below.

This will be alighter bike- which is easier to pedal and is a well proved bike with ,Depending on spec required, Better components.

It is basically a road bike with straight handlebars.
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Old 07-05-07, 06:33 PM   #7
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Is the Cdale made in the U.S.? I think it would be cool to own a US made bike. I had assumed Cdale were among the many made in Taiwan (same factory as Giant/Trek).
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Old 07-06-07, 09:44 PM   #8
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Both mine in the 500-700 range say "handmade in the usa" on the frame. Drivetrain is probably Taiwan.
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Old 07-08-07, 01:47 AM   #9
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Cypress? No. G0 look at a Giant FCR2.... My experience w/Cdale is it's more $$'s per similar bike...
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Old 07-09-07, 02:17 PM   #10
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That Cypress is an odd bird. Tall gearing with fat tires and suspension fork?

I prefer disc brakes,but here I'd have to go with the Cannondale. Lighter and a better gear range.

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