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Old 04-09-10, 06:59 PM   #1
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Three bikes to compare

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I've been flip flopping on SS/FG vs. multi-gear/urban and I'm thinking that I'm too new and casual to do SS/FG. I'm going to start with a good bike and make my way up to great bikes over time (be they SS/FG or still multigear)

I've managed to narrow my selection down to 3 bikes, only two of which I can test out before buying:
1. KHS Urban Xtreme (none of these are in stock in my city)
2. Devinci Stockholm
3. Trek 7.3 FX

See my components sheet: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...KRXV3c0E&hl=en

Can anybody comment? I think all 3 are nice looking bikes. I rode the Stockholm today, and I'm going to ride the Trek 7.3 tomorrow, and the Stockholm again.
I like the looks of the Trek, KHS, Devinci. Only the wheel give the KHS the lead over the devinci... it's way nicer of a colour in person (that matte gray)
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The KHS has road bike gearing.
The other two have touring bike gearing.
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Get the KHS,
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I know I'm going to sound like I put my brain in a blender... but what's the difference between road and touring?

The bike will be used for 3 things:

Commuting to work (20km of mostly-flat land)
Cruising around the 'burbs with the girlfriend
Short cyclethons (for charity 'n such, no racing, but reasonably hilly on the routes they use)
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Any of the bikes will work well for your intended uses.
How many bike shops have you visited? How many bikes did you test ride?
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I'm voting for the 7.3 mainly because I just bought one 3 weeks ago and love it. The other ones look comparable though. Prices are fairly close. Good luck
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Any of the bikes will work well for your intended uses.
How many bike shops have you visited? How many bikes did you test ride?
I've been out on about a half-dozen. My issue is that my price-point is pretty low ($600cad) and many places don't carry XL sized bikes.
There's about 14 bike shops in town, and I've been to 8 of them, so far. 1, I refuse to go to, and the rest have weird hours that don't work with my work-hours. I'll hit up a couple more, but in the $600 range, those are the three that compete.
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The Jamis Coda is $600 US (~$605 CDN). It's an awesome bike. Before I retired from working at a local bike shop we sold LOTS of these to people who planned using it as a commuter/utility/charity ride bike.
http://www.jamisbikes.com/canada/the...a/10_coda.html

If you can find a leftover 2009 it would be ~$500.
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You poop!! Now that's another bike to consider!

I've eliminated the KHS because I just don't want a brown bike, and I'm not a big fan of buying a bike I can't sit on before spending the cash.
The kicker on the DeVinci is that when I buy from the store that sells them, I also get 20% off all accessories (of which I have none)... so that's some coin saved.

I'm going to go try a 2009 Coda Comp for $600. It was $800, but discounts rock
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Turns out the Coda Comp wasn't $600, but $950... the $600 one was a 2009 Coda which isn't really any better than a Devinci Stockholm... and Devinci is Canadian, so it does get a few bonus points.
The store that sells Jamis, also has a pretty bad rep, it seems.

I'm 95% on the Devinci Stockholm bike. Seems to be the winner with the 20% off discount on all accessories
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... and I bought the Stockholm
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