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Old 06-27-08, 09:32 PM   #1
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2008 Cypress DX vs. Tran Send EX

I'm definitely buying one of these two bikes, but I'm curious to know if anyone out there has an opinion between the two.

I like the internal hub/chain guard, rack and fenders that already come with the Tran Send EX....plus it's purty

However the Cypress DX looks like a pretty good bike as well, and it has 24 gears vs. 8, and even if I have to buy the rack and fenders separately there is still about a $200 difference in price...

What gives? Why is the Tran Send so much more expensive??? Am I just being wood by the pretty, is there a significance difference between these bikes?

I'm looking to commute to work (less than 5 miles) and probably do some weekend recreational riding

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Old 06-28-08, 12:03 AM   #2
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I checked out the Cypress at a shop here, it has the disc brakes correct? It was OK. Way to upright though, and has a funky top tube..seemed like a decent bike though. I have not seen the other one you mention.

Have you checked out the Cannondale hybrids? or treks.
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Yes the Cypress DX has disc brakes...so does the Tran Send EX. The LBS I'm working with (which my friend used to work at) does not carry the Cannondale. I didn't really look at the Trek's....my friend steered me to the Giants so I focused on those.
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I like the internal hub/chain guard, rack and fenders that already come with the Tran Send EX....plus it's purty

However the Cypress DX looks like a pretty good bike as well, and it has 24 gears vs. 8, and even if I have to buy the rack and fenders separately there is still about a $200 difference in price...
Buy the bike that you want.

Even if you install aftermarket fenders and rack on the DX it isn't likely to have that "factory" look. You'll have to kludge the fenders around the disc brake or the colors won't be quite right or the rack won't be quite level - something. In other words, it won't be as "purty".

Never apologize for wanting "purty". A year from now you won't know what you did with the $200 price difference but you'll still have the bike. If you wish to yourself that you'd gotten the other bike every time that you ride, that's worth more than $200.
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Have you ridden them both? Pick the one that feels the best to you. Hub bikes cost more but can be a commuter's friend because they stay cleaner, especially in winter muck. I ride a Giant (Suede)with only 7 speeds but don't miss having 24 or whatever. My rides don't have many hills, mostly just wind! Gears help for windy days here. Pick the bike that rides the best and makes you happy.
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You can see the specs side by side on the giant website.

Isn't the Transend DX more comparable (both in price and specs) to the cypress dx?
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Thanks Retro Grouch for helping to appease my consumerism ...I really do like the "look" of the TranSend EX which I know isn't the point to riding, but I'm thinking if all other things are fairly equal (comfort, weight, etc.) perhaps I'll be more apt to ride the prettier one....

Thanks for the feedback
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You can see the specs side by side on the giant website.

Isn't the Transend DX more comparable (both in price and specs) to the cypress dx?
probably...but I was trying to compare the top end TranSend (EX) vs. top end Cypress (SX). Last year the Cypress line had an EX model, which was VERY similar to the now TranSend EX (with the internal hub/Chain guard, fenders and rack) but apprently that model is no more....
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Have you ridden them both? Pick the one that feels the best to you. Hub bikes cost more but can be a commuter's friend because they stay cleaner, especially in winter muck. I ride a Giant (Suede)with only 7 speeds but don't miss having 24 or whatever. My rides don't have many hills, mostly just wind! Gears help for windy days here. Pick the bike that rides the best and makes you happy.
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