Originally Posted by rosser
I'm trying to buy a bike this week. Don't have big budget.
Can anyone recommend either the Raleigh Hybrid Urban 01 or Giant Expression?
What's the main difference?
Can I use these bikes for triathlons (I'm new to racing)?
If you just want to get to the finish line, these bikes will get you there. If you intend to be remotely competitive, these bikes are unsuitable for a triathlon. You want something with road-bike geometry (more bent over and aerodynamic).
What do you want to use the bike for, besides triathlons? The Expression has some usefull accessories for commuting (rack, fenders, chainguard), but its also got uneccessary seatpost and fork suspension (REALLY bad for racing). The Raleigh is a very simple and straighforward, no pointless suspension, but no accessories. However, its cheaper and you can buy the accessories later.