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Old 08-27-08, 01:09 PM   #1
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best hybrid for $1000???

i've had a regular specialized sirrus for 2 years which i liked but the components could have been better. it was $600 new. i rode the bike pretty much every day for my commute to work and the bike started to show it's weaknesses in terms of functionality and durability. i just sold it and am now shopping for another hybrid. this time i want something a little sturdier and with better components and disc brakes. i'm also considering single speed, i already have a single speed folding bike that is a lot of fun to ride, haha.

i've looked around a little and i found the cannondale bad boy pretty appealing, although the ultra is out of my price range and the cheaper one doesn't have disc brakes. the single speed is not available in the us it seems. then i found the marin point reyes, and a friend recommended the jamis coda elite.

are those good bikes for the buck? what else is out there? what is a really good, sturdy hybrid for roads and trails and everyday use for about $1000???
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Old 08-27-08, 01:12 PM   #2
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Do the Dew:

http://www.konaworld.com/09_drdew_u.cfm
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Old 08-27-08, 01:17 PM   #3
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Get the bike that a long time hybrid rider WISHES they HAD bought to begin with. Not the one they currently own and are recommending.
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Old 08-27-08, 01:26 PM   #4
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i'd suggest a bike that can accommodate your limp-wristed riding style.

note: OP is a friend...just giving him a hard time.

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Old 08-27-08, 03:48 PM   #5
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i've had a regular specialized sirrus for 2 years which i liked but the components could have been better. it was $600 new. i rode the bike pretty much every day for my commute to work and the bike started to show it's weaknesses in terms of functionality and durability. i just sold it and am now shopping for another hybrid. this time i want something a little sturdier and with better components and disc brakes. i'm also considering single speed, i already have a single speed folding bike that is a lot of fun to ride, haha.

i've looked around a little and i found the cannondale bad boy pretty appealing, although the ultra is out of my price range and the cheaper one doesn't have disc brakes. the single speed is not available in the us it seems. then i found the marin point reyes, and a friend recommended the jamis coda elite.

are those good bikes for the buck? what else is out there? what is a really good, sturdy hybrid for roads and trails and everyday use for about $1000???

I concurr on the Sirrus. I'm enjoying my '07, but I keep fantasizing what it would be like if built in steel like my '88 racing Sirrus, with Shimano 105 or better instead of Sora. I keep thinking that if it were built out of steel and had drop bars and brifters it would make one hell of a touring bike and definitely have more longevity.
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Jamis Coda Elite. Comfortable,light,versatile,wide gear range. The Dr Dew would also be a good choice,but it'll be heavier.

C'dale does make a disc Bad Boy:
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/cusa/model-8BRD.html

In fact,the rim brake models I've seen have disc hubs and mounts.
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the bad boy ultra would be good because of the front shock, given the lousy streets in DC.
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I'm still a newbie, and I just have bought my first "good" (non X-mart) bike, a Gary Fisher Nirvana. I live right next to Mammoth Cave National Park, and ride the roads there three to four times per week. If any of you know that area, it ain't exactly flat at all. The Bike performs great, is very comfortable, is light weight, has a lockable front fork for the trails, and for this clyde it is very fast. The only thing I can really think of that I am going to upgrade any time soon is the stock bontrager seat. I think I am Brooks B68 bound. I also liked the price of my bike at my LBS, ~ $650ish
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Raleigh Detour Deluxe.

disc brakes, dynamo hub, rack, fenders, everything a boy could want right out of the box.
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The Trek Soho 3.0 might be worth considering also. I almost bought one before I decided to buy my Kona Jake (cyclocross bike).
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I like my Specialized Crosstrail Elite
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i'd suggest a bike that can accommodate your limp-wristed riding style.

note: OP is a friend...just giving him a hard time.
I can't believe you went "revenge of the nerds"
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Old 08-31-08, 07:55 PM   #13
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Giant FCR series is very nice. I have an FCR3, but the 2's and 1's have good components.
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Jamis Coda Comp or Elite. I think the Elite has disk brakes. I got the Comp when I lived in the DC area and used it for my 28-mile RT commute for five years. I never wished that I had bought another bike. It's steel, smooth, fast, and hardy. Proteus in College Park has them.
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The Trek Soho 3.0 might be worth considering also. I almost bought one before I decided to buy my Kona Jake (cyclocross bike).
What's it like with the gearing on the Jake? I've never ridden one, but the numbers look like they have a high top end but less of a range.

The Jake specs are 50/39/30t crank, 12-25t cassette, whereas I'm used to 48/38/28 and 11-34 on my hybrid. 50/12 would be fine at the top end, but 30/25 might not be enough for when I'm out seeking steep hills to conquer.
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