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Old 08-22-10, 01:54 PM   #1
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Should I get a fitness bike instead of a road bike?

I have an older Trek mountain bike that I've been using for everything, which is mostly roads right now. I've been getting back into shape and ride every 2-3 days, from 5-15 miles each time. I like long paved hills (1000-1500 vertical feet). I'd like to get up to 25 milers and maybe even more, and up to 2000-3000 vertical feet. I have no plans on racing at this time.

I've been looking at road bikes: Trek 2.3/2.1, Secteur, CAAD9, Defy, etc. Then I looked at Fitness bikes and perhaps they'd suit my needs better? They'd also be cheaper (though price is a minor issue). I like the upright position on my mtb, but bikes like the Secteur are also supposed to have more upright geometry.
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What's a fitness bike? That must be a new buzz word I haven't heard yet.

Many, many people ride mountain bikes like yours on tours, commutes, long distance rides, etc. Your fitness makes a bigger difference than the kind of bike you ride.

By all means if a road bike appeals to you, go for it. Just don't think that your mountain bike can't hack it . With slick tires in place of knobbies a mountain bike rides quite fast IMO.
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http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/fx/75fxdisc
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I'd actually just call that a hybrid, IMO it's more of a performance hybrid or flat bar road bike. The Trek 7000 and Navigator series are what I would call fitness bikes with their more relaxed fit.

If you're on the fence you may want to either put slicks on your mountain bike or buy a used hybrid on Cragislist. You could spend a lot of money on a new hybrid only to figure out you want a road bike in 6 months (like me.) As you go further and faster it's very possible that you'll want a road bike.
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I agree looks like a fancy hybrid. I thought all bikes were fitness bikes?
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Straight bars and light wheels , Campagnolo, even, has a Groupset for those style bikes .
for folks that want a nice efficient bike, But don't want drop bars..

They also use the 20 or 30 speed Campag 10 or
18 or 27 speed if a shimano 9 speed drive train, why not..

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I have an older Trek mountain bike that I've been using for everything, which is mostly roads right now. I've been getting back into shape and ride every 2-3 days, from 5-15 miles each time. I like long paved hills (1000-1500 vertical feet). I'd like to get up to 25 milers and maybe even more, and up to 2000-3000 vertical feet. I have no plans on racing at this time.

I've been looking at road bikes: Trek 2.3/2.1, Secteur, CAAD9, Defy, etc. Then I looked at Fitness bikes and perhaps they'd suit my needs better? They'd also be cheaper (though price is a minor issue). I like the upright position on my mtb, but bikes like the Secteur are also supposed to have more upright geometry.
Pardon me but the bike you have will serve you well as a general "Fitness bike" if you keep it in good condition. Old for a bike doesn't mean obsolete. In fact, it often means better quality then new in many cases.
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A hybrid of some sort would probably suit your road-riding needs more effectively than a mountain bike.
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"Fitness" bikes and "comfort" bikes can be thought of as sub-sets of the "Hybrid" range. They are set up to appeal to older riders, and often have big, cushy saddles, upright bars, suspension seatpost, and a sloped-top-tube frame to allow easy mounting.
Other than that, they are pretty much the same as a hybrid. They are meant for lower-intensity, short-haul riding. Maybe around the local bike trail.

Your mountain bike would be greatly improved for road riding with the simple addition of some slick street-type tires. That's the cheapest way to go. Moving up to a real roadster will set you back some scratch for a decent one, unless you look at the used market.
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