Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
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Go with the Escape.
I would be reluctant to buy any bike from ebay, unless I could inspect it and in person.
As for your third question, there are hundreds of bikes, new and used, that would be better than the Escape 3 and the FX 7.1. It all depends on your budget and the time you have to winnow through the choices. If your budget is limited to $400 or less, the Escape is probably the cheapest new bike shop quality bike out there.
Last edited by MRT2; 02-16-16 at 07:42 AM.