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    Trading in the giant escape - - - -what next???

    I purchased my Escape 3 about 6 months back and I do love it.
    What is killing me is that I purchased a cycling computer and put an App on my phone that showed me my speed.
    As competitive as I am, I can only max out around 16-17 mph for 18-25 mile rides.
    I did not realize how much I would love cycling and I am doing it daily!
    I talked to my LBS and it looks like getting up to the 18-22mph range may require a new bike with better components.
    I DONT want to get a road bike as I LOVE hybrids!!

    Sooooooo . . . .

    I am considering either a FastRoad SLR or Specialized Sirrus Comp, which seems to be geared to what I am wanting to accomplish.
    Any suggestions????

    Current ride - all flat, paved roads. Hills encountered entirely on accident (I live in Houston lol)
    Height - 6'2", 220 (lost A LOT of weight cycling)

    Want to end up doing some Centuries and charity rides without getting completely left behind.
    (I know that I am the "generator of power" and I control speed but there is only so much one can do with the Escape 3, right?)

    ANy help would be appreciated!!!

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    I've been test riding the carbon varieties: Sirrus (elite through expert), Trek FX 7.7, and Cannondale Quick Carbon 1. I I liked the disc brakes of the Specialized and CDale, and also their seating positions/aesthetics/more visceral sensations vs the Trek. I was also pleasantly surprised with the Giant Escape RX composite, but those are hard to find. What I have yet to explore personally is the Diamondback Interval Carbon Elite; by name, Diamondback seems to pale but the componentry looks good. I can't imagine you'd be unhappy with any of those that I rode--just a matter of preference, availability, geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmcjones2 View Post
    I purchased my Escape 3 about 6 months back and I do love it.
    What is killing me is that I purchased a cycling computer and put an App on my phone that showed me my speed.
    As competitive as I am, I can only max out around 16-17 mph for 18-25 mile rides.
    I did not realize how much I would love cycling and I am doing it daily!
    I talked to my LBS and it looks like getting up to the 18-22mph range may require a new bike with better components.
    I DONT want to get a road bike as I LOVE hybrids!!

    Sooooooo . . . .

    I am considering either a FastRoad SLR or Specialized Sirrus Comp, which seems to be geared to what I am wanting to accomplish.
    Any suggestions????

    Current ride - all flat, paved roads. Hills encountered entirely on accident (I live in Houston lol)
    Height - 6'2", 220 (lost A LOT of weight cycling)

    Want to end up doing some Centuries and charity rides without getting completely left behind.
    (I know that I am the "generator of power" and I control speed but there is only so much one can do with the Escape 3, right?)

    ANy help would be appreciated!!!
    Bring some cash!!
    all the higher end hybrid bikes will fit your bill and will increase your speed some. And will say avg 18-22 mph over 25 miles is scootin along and a big jump from your current mph. And at your current mph you will not get blown back in a century!!!
    Last edited by stoplight; 07-03-15 at 06:49 PM.

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    I would also consider getting something like that.

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    I'm with you as far as speed goes my Escape 3 only gets me so far, But I'm wanting to keep it for city driving, and going to pick up a road bike.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Escapes aren't bolt upright tanks, right?

    The only way to get meaningful gains in speed is by getting more aero. Drop bar fanatics don't realize that it's possible to do this without drop bars.

    Having said that, a fancier hybrid will get you 1, MAYBE 2 mph higher average. Likely closer to 1. You get to decide if this is worth it to you.
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    For me the Escape was a back in to riding get those legs back into shape.

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    I just got a Fastroads SLR. See this thread if you want for more details: Joined The Dark Side (Literally). So you know what my choice was. For me it hit the right price point/features in the "performance" hybrid group.

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    Yeah I saw that one. Thats nice. I like black that is part of the reason why I did the Escape.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
    I just got a Fastroads SLR. See this thread if you want for more details: Joined The Dark Side (Literally). So you know what my choice was. For me it hit the right price point/features in the "performance" hybrid group.

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    I think the bikes are pretty similar with one notable exception. The Sirrus uses the E5 aluminum frame which is a lighter alloy that should help your speed quest.
    I also agree with your desire for the hydraulic disc bakes. I'll never use anything else but quality disc brakes again.
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    You are blazing fast compared to me on my Escape 1. I can eek out 14 mph with my 58 year old body. Speed has never been one of my finer attributes even when I was playing ball back in the 70s.

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    why don't you just change your gearing or get some narrower tires. You can do a lot to get some extra speed but as said before, sitting up and being a sail in the wide, without being arrow you can only go so far.

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    If you are getting 16-18 mph for the overall average, then you are already moving at a pretty good pace. The best thing to get faster is to ride more miles and work to get stronger. I found that attacking hills (overpasses) without downshifting helped a lot. I don't think a different bike will get you the big speed jump you are looking for, i.e. 20-25%.
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    There are some good comments here. I agree that you can increase your speed by changing your tires. I don't agree that you will increase your speed by going to a dropbar. If you did, chances are you'd ride like most people do with your hands on the tops or the hoods which puts your back in essentially the same position as a flatbar. I think what will make the biggest difference is losing weight (bike's weight). It's amazing how much quicker you'll feel on a bike that is 5 pounds lighter. Not sure how much your current Escape weighs, but I guess it's in the low 30's. The bikes you are looking at are in the low 20's or lighter. You'll easily average 5 mph faster on a flat road sprint. You'll also climb hills much easier. Good luck.

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    I agree most roadies spend all their time on the hoods and their back is the same as a flatbar. The biggest advantage to the hoods is climbing, much more natural feeling standing up and pedaling compared to a flatbar with bar ends. Its just more fluid with a dropbar.

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    After buying my first bike besides from Walmart, etc. , i found out I dont change gear much. My next bike will have one gear at the front.

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