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    New to bikes!!! Need help choosing asap!!!

    I'm looking to buy a bike ASAP!!! I've narrowed it down to 4 bikes. Can someone tell me which one I should get. The specs are the problem. I don't know what overall combo of components is best on each bike. Can someone that knows a lot about parts and function tell me which one to get and why? Thank you in advance!!!

    Also, I don't need advice on test riding and picking the one I like. I need facts on what components are the best overall on each bike. Plus, I can't test ride some of them because They don't have them in stock.

    Here are the bikes (also if you have another suggestion please let me know and why):

    In no particular order:

    1. Trek 7.3 FX Disc ($780)

    Frameset
    Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"
    Frame FX Alpha Black Aluminum
    Fork FX Alloy Disc w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades
    Wheels
    Wheels Alloy disc front hub, Shimano M475 disc rear hub; Bontrager Nebula disc 32-hole alloy rims
    Tires Bontrager Race All Weather Hard-Case, 700x32c
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano EF60, 8-speed trigger
    Front Derailleur Shimano M191
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Crank Shimano M361, 48/38/28 w/chainguard
    Cassette SRAM PG-830 11-32, 8 speed
    Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager H1
    Seat Post Bontrager Nebula
    Handlebars Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone OS, 25mm rise
    Stem Bontrager SSR, 10 degree
    Headset Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Shimano M416 mechanical disc brakes w/Shimano EF60 levers




    2. Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc ($730)

    FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium w/ smooth welding, w/ fender and rack braze-ons, forged drop outs w/ kickstand mount
    REAR SHOCK ---
    FORK SF11-NVX-DS-MLO, alloy lower, 28mm stanchion, coil spring, mech. LO
    HEADSET Ahead, loose ball, Cr-Mo cups, 25.5mm stack
    STEM Melt-forged alloy, 20 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
    HANDLEBARS Alloy riser bar, 25.4mm, 25mm rise, 8 degree back sweep, 6 degree up
    GRIPS BG Contour, closed end, 132mm
    FRONT BRAKE Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brake, dual piston
    REAR BRAKE Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brake, dual piston
    BRAKE LEVERS Hydraulic lever
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-M191, 31.8mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera, 8-speed
    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano, SL-M310, 8-speed rapid fire
    CASSETTE SRAM 8-speed, 11-32t
    CHAIN KMC Z8 w/ reusable Missing Link
    CRANKSET SR SunTour Octalink spline, replaceable rings, w/composite anti-jump disc
    CHAINRINGS 48 x 38 x 28T w/ chainguard
    BOTTOM BRACKET Octalink spline 68mm
    PEDALS Composite plastic body, loose ball w/ reflectors
    RIMS Alloy double wall, pinned, disc, 32h
    FRONT HUB Machined disc side flange and mount, sealed bearings, dual lock nuts w/ 19mm contact side
    REAR HUB Machined disc mount & flanges, doubel sealed, ground race, dual lock nuts w/ 19mm contact side
    SPOKES 2mm (14g) stainless
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Borough XC Sport, 700x45c, 60TPI, wire bead
    REAR TIRE Specialized Borough XC Sport, 700x45c, 60TPI, wire bead
    INNER TUBES Schraeder valve
    SADDLE Specialized XC, Body Geometry, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers
    SEATPOST Alloy, 2-bolt head, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm
    SEAT BINDER Forged alloy
    NOTES Chain stay protector, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual




    3. Cannondale Quick CX 4 ($700)

    FrameQuick CX Rigid, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8" Si headtube
    Frame SizesS, M, L, X, J
    ForkQuick CX Rigid
    CrankShimano M-171 48/38/28
    ChainKMC Z82 KMC Z82
    RimsMaddux Disc X320
    SpokesStainless Steel XD Black
    TiresContinental Double Fighter 700x37c
    PedalsWellgo, Platform type, Reinforced Resin
    Bottom BracketTange Seiki Cartridge BB
    Front DerailleurShimano Alivio
    Rear DerailleurShimano Acera
    ShiftersShimano Altus
    HandlebarsCannondale C4 6061, 25mm rise, 600mm
    StemCannondale C4 1.5" 3-D Forged
    HeadsetTange Custom 1.5"
    BrakesTektro Novela Mechanical Disc
    BrakeleversCannondale CBL 8.0
    Seat PostCannondale C4, Alloy
    Wheel Size700c
    Wheel RimsMaddux Disc X320
    NipplesRed Nipples
    Rear Shockn/a
    SaddleCannondale Quick CX
    GripsCannondale Cityscape Urban
    Extras n/a



    4. Giant Roam 1 ($600)
    Frame
    Sizes S, M, L, XL
    Colors White/Red
    Frame ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour NEX 4610 w/ Lockout, 63mm Travel
    Shock N/A
    Components
    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
    Drivetrain
    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
    Crankset Shimano M361, 28/38/48
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    Wheels
    Rims Giant Sport, Double Walled, Disc Specific, 700c
    Hubs Alloy Sealed w/ QR, 32h
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Tires Kenda Kwick, 700x40
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    Since you say you are "new to bikes" you really don't know what you want other than to throw money at bikes that could be all wrong for you. So take the stars outta your eyes and set your sites a lot lower on a more practical bike for a newbie.

    Start simple so that you learn what you like and can use. Suggest that you look at Cruisers, simple rigid mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bicycle_types

    IMO, the best place to start is with a Cruiser or a simple rigid (non-suspension) mountain bike.

    Learn before you burn a bunch of cash on any of the bikes you listed. You simply are not smart enough to know right now if those bikes are right for you.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Since you say you are "new to bikes" you really don't know what you want other than to throw money at bikes that could be all wrong for you. So take the stars outta your eyes and set your sites a lot lower on a more practical bike for a newbie.

    Start simple so that you learn what you like and can use. Suggest that you look at Cruisers, simple rigid mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bicycle_types

    IMO, the best place to start is with a Cruiser or a simple rigid (non-suspension) mountain bike.

    Learn before you burn a bunch of cash on any of the bikes you listed. You simply are not smart enough to know right now if those bikes are right for you.
    That's quite an assumption for someone that doesn't know anything about me and what I've done on research and studying. And, what money I have.

    You simply are not smart enough to know right now if those bikes are right for you
    Umm....how do you know this????????? quite an insult there buddy. Just cuz im new doesn't mean I don't know anything about bikes. Yeah that wiki link....I already knew about that stuff before I even posted this board. If you aren't smart enough to answer my question please don't bother even writing a reply.

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    When a person admits that they are "New to bikes!!!" that implies that they know nothing at all about bikes except what they may have read which is a poor way to choose anything. It takes hands on experience to know what is right for you. "Hands on" is something you claim not to have which is why I suggested that you back up regroup and start at the newbie level.

    I gave you sound advice to start you out but if you wanna throw money away it matters not to me.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Well, all the stats won't tell you diddly about how you like the bike, or it's usefulness for you. $750 is a lot to throw away if you decide that you don't like the bike.

    My advice would be to eliminate any of those bikes that you cannot test ride. Test ride the others, but only after you have test ridden a number of bikes in the 3-500 dollar range, just to give you a frame of reference.

    My favorite bike is one that was given to me for free. My second favorite bike cost me $1,400. But they both have their unique abilities, and I had decades of riding under my belt when I got them.
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    Same dealer or different dealers?

    If the 4 bikes are all located at different dealers the answer is easy. Shop for a bike shop first. When you find the shop that you like, buy a brand that they sell and you'll never go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Shop for a bike shop first. When you find the shop that you like, buy a brand that they sell and you'll never go wrong.
    there ya go. not much difference between those bikes.
    In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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    Bike shop question to prepare for:
    What kind of riding do you want to do with a bike ?,
    ... Purposing Tool selection ...



    just looking at brakes
    brakes: #2 has a hydraulic disc, #1,3,4 a cable disc, type.

    cable have a mechanism of levers and pivots to grab the disc, nothing to leak.
    Pad wear, cable discs its an adjustment you need to do or have done,
    in service interval.

    as pad wears, .. hydraulic brakes compensate,
    you have a fluid line ,
    the actuation is a piston behind a seal. [ little to get gunked up with mud ]

    a feature trade off.. you going to work on your own bike?
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    Just an FYI, cross-posting the same thread in multiple forums is not allowed per the forum guidelines.

    Closing this thread as there is another thread in the Hybrid forum.
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