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Old 04-15-09, 06:59 AM   #1
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Hybrid Bike Choices similar to this...

After doing some searching, it seems that my question is pretty popular on this site...nevertheless, I need some advice!

I've been riding an old M50 by Raleigh for years and years and would like to upgrade to something with a little more speed. I ride 6 miles to work on roads, bike paths and a few sidewalks. Occasionally I do ride on some grass/dirt trails but could keep my M50 if need be for those rare occasions.

I test rode the Diamondback insight 2 and seemed to like it, what types of bikes are similar and in that $400-600 price range?

I'm 6'1" about 165 pounds.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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About the fastest "hybrid" I've ridden is the Trek FX. I'ts a more aggresively styled hybrid with Deore components and darn fast. It leans toward road riding but could be setup either way. Just love mine.
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The Specialized Crosstrail is also leaned heavily toward road. And, despite the comments of many, the "lock out" front suspension is really a big help on rough trails and gravel. It comes with 700X45 tires OEM. I switched to 35 front, 40 rear, Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, and like it a whole lot better. It also has a 9 spd cassette, similar gearing.
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Agreed^^^ - The Trek FX series, 7.1 to 7.9, are top-notch regarding frame-geometry and materials. The lend themselves readily to upgrading as well. You wouldn't believe what I did with my 7.5 FX.

Hybrids are not road-bikes. Hybrids are not mountain-bikes. They are Hybrids. Get used to it, people.
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@runway & Panthers

My "preferred" bike shop doesn't carry Trek unfortunately but I could get one in town from a different store.

They carry Bianchi, Specialized, Raleigh, Surly, Skagen, Burley, Mavic, Giro, Sram, Campagnolo, Shimano...

@wanderer,

I'll have to call and see if they have the Specialized Crosstrail, I don't think I would have walked past that one but don't really recall it...
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There's a 2008 Specialized Globe Sport, 1 left... how would that compare to a Specialized Crosstrail?
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Trek 7100, 7200, 7300, or 7500 if you want a front shock. Trek FX series if you don't. Older guys (50+) like the shock. Younger folks don't see any point to it and it adds weight. bk
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Got to put my two cents in for a KONA Dew series. I just bought a Dr. Dew and just simply love it.

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There's a 2008 Specialized Globe Sport, 1 left... how would that compare to a Specialized Crosstrail?
Personally, I was going to suggest a Specialized Globe from your original question. It's a very comfortable bike that's as fast as you're going to get at it's price point.

Up from that is the Specialized Sirrus. I thought it was faster than the globe and nearly as comfortable over bumps and rough stuff, but it costs like twice as much (I'm talking about the version with the carbon fork, the lower version is not as comfortable).

Up from that is like a Specialized Sequoia - an "endurance", comfort road bike. Faster and same price as the Sirrus, but it is a curly bar bike.
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Trek 7100, 7200, 7300, or 7500 if you want a front shock. Trek FX series if you don't. Older guys (50+) like the shock. Younger folks don't see any point to it and it adds weight. bk

Exactly. My suspension fork on my 7200 has been replaced with a solid aluminum one.
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Is there generally any bargaining room with a good bike shop?

2008 Globe Sport @ $475
2009 Insight 2 @ $560
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The Globe leans more toward "Comfort." Pedals more forward. When I rode one, it wasn't as comfortable for me as the Crosstrail. I deleted that one from my list pretty quickly.

Coming from a steel road bike, the Specialized Crosstrail (61) was more of what I was used to, with a more upright riding position than a road bike, and wider tires, both of which I wanted, for a better ride for these old bones......

For me, the Trek FX was a close second, but I also wanted the lock-out front suspension, for the same reason. The Trek didn't have it.

In my opinion, for Hybrids, both liked to go fast.

I never rode a Giant.
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That lockout front-suspension was the only thing I liked about the Specialized Crosstail, but that's me. It looked like it had decent components.
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Not much chance of a deal on the bike price, but may get discount on accessories bought at the same time (pump, tools, tubes, helmet, lights, lock etc)
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Is there generally any bargaining room with a good bike shop?

2008 Globe Sport @ $475
2009 Insight 2 @ $560
Nice Seinfeld reference with the ID by the way. Generally, you cannot move much in the price of a new bike. Instead ask for water bottle cages, a tube and a patch kit etc. You will get more in the freebies than you will in a discount. Have you considered a drop bar road bike? You did mention that you wanted to go faster and there is a limit with flat bars in my opinion. Test ride a Specialized Allez or better yet a Sequoia. Both of those bikes will be much faster and more efficient than a hybrid. Who knows your LBS may have an 08 that they will sell for cheap.
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Thanks for the replies,

The last drop bar bike I was on was an 80s model, heavy as a rock, so I should probably give a newer one a spin, just to see...they were just a little too spendy.

I don't know why I'm having such a tough time picking a bike, usually I can lay things out, compare the specs, research online and make a purchase. Just too many "similar" bikes, all which are about 10x better than what I ride now I guess...

As for the user ID...someone already had art vandelay
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Thanks for the replies,

The last drop bar bike I was on was an 80s model, heavy as a rock, so I should probably give a newer one a spin, just to see...they were just a little too spendy.

I don't know why I'm having such a tough time picking a bike, usually I can lay things out, compare the specs, research online and make a purchase. Just too many "similar" bikes, all which are about 10x better than what I ride now I guess...

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So many choices out there. I started out again with a mountain bike because I thought I needed the stability of wider tires and the upright position of a flat bar. The more I rode, the more I realized I wanted a more efficient bike. That may not be the case for you and a hybrid may suit you perfectly. The only way to really find out is to get out and ride.
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I understand how hard it is picking a bike given all the choices. I suggest starting by picking two or three stores, and limiting your research to what they stock. If nothing feels right, then expand your search, but don't get caught in the "perhaps there's one even better" mentality. There may well be one, but it's not worth the extra effort and labor to find it, because the differences will be slight.
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Well, I ended up with a 2009 Specialized Sirrus Sport...

Our weather has gone from 40 to 70 and back to 40... what should I keep my tires inflated to with such temperature swings?

Thanks for all the input!

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Congrats on the new bike!
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Well, I ended up with a 2009 Specialized Sirrus Sport...

Our weather has gone from 40 to 70 and back to 40... what should I keep my tires inflated to with such temperature swings?

Thanks for all the input!
There's no reason to change your tire pressure because of temperature swings. Generally speaking (to a point) higher pressure is a little faster, but lower pressure absorbs more of the bumps and is more comfortable.
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