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    Best $350 Bike from Bike Direct.com (Which Bike Is Best)

    I am having trouble deciding which bike has better components since I am not a expert on bikes. I cannot buy something over $350 because its a gift and I am not paying for it. The problem is there are quite a few bikes between $300-$350 and I am not capable of knowing which is better without someone else who knows more about bikes than I do.

    There are more bikes on the website but these the main 4 I was looking at. I would like for someone who is more experienced in knowing which parts/bikes are better to tell me which bike would be best for me and which bike beats the others from the list below. (If there is a better bike on the website in the same price range please let me know.)

    Here are 4 bikes in order from most expensive.

    #1 2015 Motobecane Elite Trail COST = $350 - Save up to 60% off new Hybrid Bicycles | Adventure Hybrid 29er Bikes Elite Adventure Sport Trail

    #2 2014 Windsor Cliff 2750 COST = $330 - http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cliff-2750.htm

    #3 2014 Dawes Haymaker 1000 COST = $310 - Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Dawes Haymaker 1000

    #4 2014 Gravity BaseCamp 1.0 COST = $300 - Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Front Suspension Gravity Basecamp 1.0

    What I will use the bike for
    * Half of the time I will probably be riding it on trails, the type of trails that look like fine sandy gravel that go on for hours.
    * Riding around town, not just the road but the side walk and off of some very small curbs, no big jumps but I may go over a small obstacle
    * Up/down hills (Regular hills or hills that have small obstacles, I am not in the forest riding on crazy terrain with huge obstacles)
    - I am mainly using this bike to go on trails and ride around town, both on the road/trails/side walks

    What I am NOT using the bike for

    * Jumping off of huge drops
    * going through super thick mud and dragging it through water, ect
    * Riding over huge logs, or a gazzilion rocks the size of king kong
    - I am not riding in crazy conditions like thick mud/or riding in annoying places with obstacles everywhere to slow me down and lose my fun

    What I want

    I simply want the best value and best bike for the money based on what I am using it for, I want to know which bike has better parts because I want the bike that is simply "Better" than the other bikes. I want the best out of the those bikes. Which is why I am asking which bike has the best components.

    Thank you
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    Well, this isn't the easiest question in the world to answer. However, I would choose the Elite Trail first and the Haymaker secondly for your described use. The hybrid tires (less knobby) and lock out fork make the Motobecane seem the best fit for what you are describing. The tires will roll better on pavement but give up some off road traction. The lock out on the fork will let you switch between rigid and suspension, as you usually don't want the suspension on-road. I'd be surprised if you can use the lockout while riding though.

    However, there is not a huge difference in these bikes. They're all from the same place and similar components. Some assembly will be required when you receive the bike so you should factor that into your budget if you are not mechanically inclined enough to assemble the bike. Most LBS run $50-100 for assembly. Also, if you were to purchase a bike through a LBS they often can help you with sizing and include a free tune-up, so it may be worth considering a LBS bike as they do tend to start in the $300 range.

    P.S. It might not be legal in your local to ride on sidewalks, but you'll have to check that out.

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    I agree, the Motobecaine is the best all around bike. Gearing, size, wheels, type.

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    The first three are pretty similar in terms of 'quality' - similar enough that it makes no real difference that you would be able to feel. The Fourth is a small step down.

    This is all based on the parts specs listed, so some of the details they don't give might make a tiny difference - like the bearing quality of the hubs and bottom bracket, for instance. But even these won't make a difference in how the bike rides when new, but might become apparent as weaknesses after you have several hundred or thousand kms on the bike.

    If I were you I would get the Motobecane for the riding you described. The larger 700c (622mm) wheels will roll slightly after and you will have many other styles of tires available for different riding , from faster slick road tires to medium width cyclocross off road tires to narrow mtb tires - and changing the tires can result in a drastic change in the capabilities of the bike.

    I wouldn't recommend a suspension fork for your plans, but it won't be a huge disadvantage. And I couldn't find another 'performance' oriented hybrid with a rigid fork in your price range on their site.

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    I actually just got my price increased to $450 instead of $350, so I was basically able to bump the spending price up by another $100.

    So now I am probably going to see the best bike in the $450 range similar to that Motobecane or see if there is something like it that is better for another $100.

    So I am hoping that since I got the price increased to $450 that maybe I can find a even better deal.

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    Last edited by Canker; 12-05-14 at 12:07 AM.

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    Whenever you see bikes on Bike Direct I noticed on certain bikes lets say a $450 bike it would say something like "Compare to Trek/Specilized/Ect," and it would claim that some of these bikes that they are selling for lets just say $450 are the same worth of a $800 bike from another company or is like getting a bike of that price.

    I was just wondering if that was true or not.

    Because I seen certain bikes where they say compare it to a more expensive Trek or another brand or bike and its worth the same but just cost less.

    Is this true or no?

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    look up what all the components cost on both bikes you wish to compare then know the factories whole sale is less But the component Makers dont play Favorites

    difference : you are on your own when the Box hits your door .. any LBS Service will be Paid By you since you side stepped them doing any set up

    and all warrantee backing after that is between you an BD.

    best is Subjective .. the assembly fine tuning is a part of how people judge the way they are happy with that purchase , and that is Your responsibility.
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    450 is enough to get a bike at your local bike shop, hybrid or mountain. I highly suggest you go there, especially since this seems to be one of your first bikes. Fit and maintanence really matter. Later, when N + 1 takes hold and you can fit yourself and wrench a bit, you can get stuff online. I urge you to try your LBS before you order at that price point.
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    I would suggest the same bike, and a nice helmet. $100 is a good starting point for this vital piece of equipment.

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    My friend bought the Motobecane Elite Trail - he loved it. It was a nice bike .. he only sold it because he was moving out of the country.
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