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    Need a suggestion for a hybrid bike

    Hi All,

    So finally I decided to buy a bike. For my first bike I am looking for a hybrid bike with mostly road usage but occasional off-road drive as well. With my limited (internet read) understanding here is the list of bikes I have studied and am considering. Mostly it is in priority order unless some dealer gives me a cracking deal All these bikes are in range of $400-500 and i don't want to exceed that.

    1) Trek 7.2 fx ($425) - Overall looks a great bike with shimano acera gearing system on rear and puncture resistant belt
    2) Giant Escape 2 ($420) - Again a good bike with shimano altus gearing system
    3) Fuji Absolute 2.3 ($409) - Haven't checked this yet but will head to the store tomorrow for this.
    4) Fuji Absolute 2.1 ($459) - Haven't checked this yet but will head to the store tomorrow for this.
    5) Cannondale Quick 6 ($500) - This also looks a very good bike but little pricey for me, considering the accessories and extra stuff I will have to buy.

    Yesterday I also happened to visit Dick's Sporting goods store and found out that they deal in originally Japanese make Nishiki bikes. The bike he showed me was Nishiki Anasazi ($400). On their website also I see a Nishiki Adult Manitoba bike which looks good overall and has shimano acera gearing system.

    I tried to search the forums for this particular bike but haven't found any useful reviews. So my question is two fold
    1. Have anyone used Nishiki bikes and how good/bad it is?
    2. With your valuable experience if you can help me decide with above listed bikes. I am more leaning towards Trek 7.2 fx

    Thanks,
    Aakash

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    If you plan on taking it off pavement, I suggest a bike with a locking front suspension like the Trek Dual Sport.

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    I have the Escape 1 which is basically the Escape 2 with 9 speeds vs. 8. The Escape 2 and Trek 7.2 are very similar. My friend has a Trek 7.2 and I've ridden it and in my opinion, it felt sluggish and slow compared to my Escape.

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    Performance has all those Fujis on sale. Join their club first, and get 10% back in store credit.

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    @Wanderer, cool. just checked that. But unfortunately those are site to stores and I don't have any store nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaakash View Post
    @Wanderer, cool. just checked that. But unfortunately those are site to stores and I don't have any store nearby.
    So from your first post, you assumed you would be able to buy Fuji, but after checking for a local store, they're out? If so, you should probably just check out the Escape and FX and buy whichever you like better. Cannondale makes really nice bicycles I think, but as a rule they're just more expensive. Fine if you have the money to spend, but not a great value.

    I'll second what @oldnslow2 mentioned earlier; you should really decide how much/what type of off-roading you'll be doing. Other than hardpack gravel or fine dirt, a bike like the FX/Escape won't likely meet your needs for that type of riding (or at minimum, it won't really be fun). Whether or not you buy a used dedicated mountain bike for that type of riding would then possibly be a good option. But if you're going to ride anything off-trail then the FX/Escape really won't fit the bill. You might want to look for a bike that will accept wider tires, as that can aid your ride off-road, especially without a front suspension. I think you can get a Giant Roam 3 for around the same price as the Escape 2, if that suits you better. So what bike brands do you have available locally -- Giant, Trek, Cannondale only? No Specialized or Fuji?
    Last edited by mwl001; 04-03-15 at 01:00 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    wifey and adult sized kids love their Treks. be sure you get the correct size
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    @mwl001 - In my initial post what I meant was that I haven't personally visited a LBS that deals in Fuji. Am going to do that tomorrow. I talked with performancebikes to see if I can avail those discounts on Fuji but it's not even possible for me to buy from them. They must be shipped to a local store which I don't have any in NH.

    My plan for the bike is mostly fitness, recreational and commute. So not much of off-road. But you make a very good point of at least selecting a bike that can "accept wider tires". I will put that into consideration.

    Local brands available are all those I mentioned. Forgot to mention about Specialized. That's available too. Good bike but didn't look very attractive
    Other than that the latest entrant to confuse me further was Nishiki

    Is the gear system very important? I mean in my list I have a mix from shimano tourney--->Alivio. How bad can be tourney in rear?

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    I'm still a little confused -- so you can buy Fuji from another dealer, but not Performance Bike? Or Fuji will just ship to any dealer you pick, with the price penalties you mentioned?

    I would ride those gear systems and see what you think. I would go with 8 or 9 speed, regardless of brand. I haven't ridden tourney, but couldn't really tell a difference between Altus and Alivio.

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    It's been explained to me by many bike shops, the real differences between the lower priced derailleurs will be longevity and how often you have to tune them. The more expensive ones require tuning less often and have a stronger spring in them.

    I've tested several different bikes ranging from Acera to the SLX. There really wasn't much of a difference I could tell with the actual shifts on the short rides I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Performance has all those Fujis on sale. Join their club first, and get 10% back in store credit.
    The 10% discount is for all items sold minus the bikes.

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    @mwl001 - Performance bike will only ship to their own authorized stores (which I don't have any). So that is ruled out completely. I have a LBS who's a Fuji dealer and I am meeting him tomorrow. Fuji by themselves doesn't sell any bike I think.

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    Check out a dual sport

    Quote Originally Posted by jaakash View Post
    Hi All,

    So finally I decided to buy a bike. For my first bike I am looking for a hybrid bike with mostly road usage but occasional off-road drive as well. With my limited (internet read) understanding here is the list of bikes I have studied and am considering. Mostly it is in priority order unless some dealer gives me a cracking deal All these bikes are in range of $400-500 and i don't want to exceed that.

    1) Trek 7.2 fx ($425) - Overall looks a great bike with shimano acera gearing system on rear and puncture resistant belt
    2) Giant Escape 2 ($420) - Again a good bike with shimano altus gearing system
    3) Fuji Absolute 2.3 ($409) - Haven't checked this yet but will head to the store tomorrow for this.
    4) Fuji Absolute 2.1 ($459) - Haven't checked this yet but will head to the store tomorrow for this.
    5) Cannondale Quick 6 ($500) - This also looks a very good bike but little pricey for me, considering the accessories and extra stuff I will have to buy.

    Yesterday I also happened to visit Dick's Sporting goods store and found out that they deal in originally Japanese make Nishiki bikes. The bike he showed me was Nishiki Anasazi ($400). On their website also I see a Nishiki Adult Manitoba bike which looks good overall and has shimano acera gearing system.

    I tried to search the forums for this particular bike but haven't found any useful reviews. So my question is two fold
    1. Have anyone used Nishiki bikes and how good/bad it is?
    2. With your valuable experience if you can help me decide with above listed bikes. I am more leaning towards Trek 7.2 fx

    Thanks,
    Aakash
    Aakash,

    Check out a dual sport bike. I think you will find those more suitable for off road, even if it just slight off-road. As for Nishiki, that is no longer THE Nishiki of yesteryear. Dicks bought the name and market bikes under the name. They claim the bikes are made by Raleigh/Diamondback but I am not so sure. You may want to check out Diamondback, which IMO is a better quality bike.

    Early on, I also looked at Fuji through Performance. However, they will not ship the bike. i could have picked up in Ohio but happy that I did not go that route (without riding the bike first). Your best bet is ride each bike. I strongly suggest a DS, I don't think you will enjoy the FX or Giant on Gravel or dirt trails.

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