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    Can you tell me which of these 3 bikes is best?

    I'm looking for a bike to ride half road, half trail (not hard-core mountain biking though), so I guess that's called a hybrid bike.

    I live in Portland, Oregon so we have quite a few bike shops & REI if anyone has better suggestions for $600 or less.

    Anyway here are 3 choices I was looking at:

    Trek 7.3 FX
    Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"
    Frame FX Alpha Black Aluminum
    Fork FX Alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades, Clix dropouts
    Wheels
    Wheels Alloy front hub, Shimano RM30 rear hub; Bontrager Nebula, alloy 32-hole rims
    Tires Bontrager Race Lite Hard-Case, 700x32c
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano EF60 trigger, 8 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano M191
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Crank Shimano M361 48/38/28 w/chainguard
    Cassette Shimano HG40 11-32, 8 speed
    Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager H1
    Seat Post Bontrager Nebula
    Handlebars Bontrager SSR, 25mm rise
    Stem Bontrager SSR, 10 degree
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Avid SD-3 w/Shimano EF60 levers


    Giant Roam 1
    Size S, M, L, XL
    Color White/Red
    Frame ALUXX Grade Aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour NEX 4610 w/ Lock-out, 63mm Travel
    Handlebar Giant Sport Alloy 30mm rise 25.4
    Stem Giant Sport Alloy
    Seatpost Giant Sport Alloy, 30.9
    Saddle Giant X-Road Sport Men's
    Pedals VP-992S Steel Cage
    Shifters SRAM X.5, Trigger
    Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.5
    Brakes Avid BB5 Disc
    Brake Levers Tektro 3-Finger w /Kraton Comfort Grip
    Cassette SRAM PG830 11x32, 8-speed
    Chain KMC Z72NP
    Cranks Shimano M361, 28/38/48
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    Rims Giant Sport, Double Walled, Disc Specific, 700c
    Hubs Alloy Sealed w/ QR, 32h
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Tires Kenda Kwick, 700x40


    Giant Roam 2
    Size S, M, L, XL
    Color Silver/Black
    Frame ALUXX Grade Aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour NEX 4610 63mm Travel
    Handlebar Giant Sport Alloy 30mm rise 25.4
    Stem Giant Sport Alloy
    Seatpost Giant Sport Alloy, 30.9
    Saddle Giant X-Road Sport Men's
    Pedals VP-992S Steel Cage
    Shifters SRAM X.4, Trigger
    Front Derailleur Shimano M 191
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.4
    Brakes Avid Direct-Pull
    Brake Levers Tektro 3-Finger w /Kraton Comfort Grip
    Cassette SRAM PG830 11x32, 8-speed
    Chain KMC Z72NP
    Cranks SR XCT-V2, 28/38/48
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    Rims Giant Sport, Double Walled, 700c
    Hubs Alloy Sealed, 32h w/ QR
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Tires Kenda Kwick, 700x40
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    I think the standard answer is try out all three and get the one you like best.

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    I'll definitely go check a few out first, but I would like a little knowledge about what I'm looking at first.
    I always obsess over details before buying stuff; bad habit, but that's just how I am.

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    Features vs. quality.

    When you have budget restrictions it doesn't make sense to me to blow part of your budget on features like a suspension fork that really doesn't do much. I notice that the Trek has a Shimano rear hub vs. a no-name hub. At this level one can argue the quality differences between shimano and SRAM. I lean toward Shimano, probably because I have more experience with it.

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    I have always liked Giant, they seem to provide the best value for the dollar. Caveat...I haven't bought a Giant bike since the early 90's, but they still seem to be a good value. Ride them and see which one you prefer. FWIW red is always a good color choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Features vs. quality.

    When you have budget restrictions it doesn't make sense to me to blow part of your budget on features like a suspension fork that really doesn't do much.
    I agree. Maybe it is just me, but I just don't like suspension forks for the sort of riding I do, which is a mix of urban roads, urban trails, suburban roads, and country roads. It strikes me as an annoying trend to take all the weight savings from switching from steel to aluminum frames and put it back with a suspension fork.

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