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    Best Hybrid around $600

    Hi, I've been looking for a hybrid to ride around town, but I haven't had the chance to test ride anything yet. I tried comparing the components, but I don't really know enough to really compare. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    These are the bikes I've been looking at:

    Cannondale Quick 4
    Giant Seek 3 - disc brakes
    Jamis Coda - steel
    Raleigh Cadent FT1
    Specialized Sirrus Sport
    Trek 7.3 FX

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    Quote Originally Posted by matmatmat View Post
    Hi, I've been looking for a hybrid to ride around town, but I haven't had the chance to test ride anything yet. I tried comparing the components, but I don't really know enough to really compare. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    These are the bikes I've been looking at:

    Cannondale Quick 4
    Giant Seek 3 - disc brakes
    Jamis Coda - steel
    Raleigh Cadent FT1
    Specialized Sirrus Sport
    Trek 7.3 FX
    The best thing to do is got test ride them and see which one fits you best and go from there. Otherwise you're going to be hit with bike recommendations and the bikes might not fit you as well as one of the others suggestions might.


    My opinion is either the Sirrus or the Jamis. The Sirrus is very nimble, but a steel frame just eats up road vibes like nobody's business so the Coda would be a sweet ride as well.
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    You have the Giant Seek on there but look past the hybrid pages on the manufacturers.

    Giant Have the FCR3 that is $600 and this is what I would call a Hybrid. A known bike that I would recommend as a Starter.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ad/2268/32201/
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    Just my $.02 on these:

    Cannondale Quick 4 - carbon fork + wide tires mean it should ride smooth. SRAM trigger shifters allow you to use brake and shifter at same time,plus work with thick gloves/mittens.

    Giant Seek 3 - only discs in the bunch. Will be better for bad weather,but will have to pay attention to fender and rack mounting.

    Jamis Coda - yes it's steel. Should ride nice but that's not magic.

    Raleigh Cadent FT1 - straight blade alloy fork. With those tires it should be ok,but you'll feel it on rough roads. Avoid if you have carpel tunnel.

    Specialized Sirrus Sport - alloy fork with skinny high psi tires. DO NOT WANT.

    Trek 7.3 FX - another alloy fork with ok tires,again for smooth roads and good wrists only.

    Between the forks and tires,I'd say the Coda,Quick,and Seek should all ride pretty good. The Seek gets the nod for bad weather riding. I wouldn't touch the Sirrus unless your roads are perfect. Above all though,you have to ride the bikes and determine which you like best and which fits you best.

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    Over the weekend I tried these bikes:
    Trek 7.3 FX & Giant Seek - liked both of these, but only rode on really nice roads.
    Jamis Coda - rode on rougher & was still comfortable.
    Giant FCR 3 & Specialized Sirrus - didn't like these, too much of a road bike.


    How much would it cost to upgrade or exchange the handlebars and seat on the Jamis to something nicer?

    I'm going to look at used bikes, Cannondale Quick 4, and Raleigh Cadent FT1 hopefully next weekend.

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    I have a Trek 7.2 FX. I bought it to replace my cheapo MTN bike. It has worked flawlessly for the last two years. I did add bar ends to give me some more hand positions. Depending on tires, most hybrids are not meant for real off roading.

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    Ride around town for what purpose? Commuting? On the road commuting? Trails? Serious off-roading?

    For christ sake, how can you people be recommending anything!
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    Any feedback on Motobacane Cafe Sprint?
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    The Jamis coda is a great bike for the price, and I'm off the clock and not getting paid for this, but its really nice and if I wasn't interested in a newer road bike, I might really consider getting one.

    Generally speaking, switching out the bars would likely be $100 or more after bars, stem, cables and labor, and that's just to raise the bars up. Double that to go with drops an sti's.
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    I just bought a Gary Fisher Monona for commuting. I picked it up for $600 at my LBS. I rode the 7.3FX, Seek 2, and FCR3 before deciding on the Monona. It's done wonderfully and I would suggest giving it a go - it has a great component set for the price range and a great frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telesave7 View Post
    Any feedback on Motobacane Cafe Sprint?
    I would recommend the Motobecane Cafe Noir over the Sprint ...

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../cafe_noir.htm


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    I have the FX 7.2 and love it also check out the 7300 by trek, it has a more upright feel to it if you like that style
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    My girlfriend loves her Giant FCR2. If you're going to do a little off-roading, you may want to try the Specialized Crosstrail. I got the Elite and I love it.

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