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  1. #1
    Senior Member xoxoxoxoLive's Avatar
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    Jacksonville FL
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    What is your Ideal Hybrid ?

    Mine would have 700 x 38 to 40c street friendly tires on it, lock out forks with at least
    80mm of travel, I would like disk brakes, ( for the days off road in the mud ). A large gear range, 27 speed would not hurt my feelings, Upright riding style, suspension seat
    post, comfort saddle, sealed bearings, nice 32 spoke rims, standard quality pedals, Topeak
    rack, with trunk bag, large grips, cycle meter, good lighting for night riding, weigh around
    35 pounds with all extras...and fit me like a glove, I like the larger frames, but do not want
    to feel stretched out. And all this for under say 900.00 dollars... I'm still looking.
    I guess I want it all, commute to town, road ride, ( fast is not a priority, but do not want
    to peddle a MTB ), Go off road with confidence, and light touring, just a do it all in one Bike....Richard BTW, there are no wrong answers, only what you prefer.

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    rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
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    my ideal hybrid:

    light frame, not carbon, not scandium or beryllium alloys, cleanly polished welds,
    angled top tube,
    carbon front forks,
    name brand quality wheels, welded mid-weight rims, 26" or 700c
    rims for 28 - 40mm wide tires,
    standard tires like Sport Contacts, Duranos, or Michelin City
    32 or 36 spokes, 2.0 / 1.8 or 1.8 / 1.6 dia
    upgrade "enthusiast" level saddle
    decent v-brakes
    three finger brake levers
    all teflon-coated stainless cables
    9 speed 12-28 cassette
    triple 30-38-46 chain rings on forged cranks,
    not that particular about shifters, want smooth, precise, fast-acting,
    pinned platform pedals with nice bearings (get magnesium or titanium for the sparks?)
    SRAM or KMC top-of-the-line 9-speed chain with power link,
    flat bars with ergonomic grips,
    sporty/ fast-reacting steering rake, relatively short wheel base,
    22 - 23 lb in medium 17.5 - 18.5 size,
    mount points for fenders/ racks/ lights,
    metallic paint,

    matching fenders and racks available for extra.
    stay away from suspension because of extra weight, complexity and pogo effect
    $1000 - $1300 price

    Asking for too much?

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    Senior Member AdelaaR's Avatar
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    My ideal hybrid is the bike I have now.
    I put it together myself so I made it as I like it best.
    It was just under $900 as richard stated. (not including the aerobar)
    I bought most parts online, so they weren't too expensive.
    Frame: ALU7005 trekking frame
    Fork: Suntour CR9v suspension fork
    Crank & BB: Shimano 105 triple 52-42-30
    Cassette: Shimano SLX 11-28
    Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
    Front derailleur Shimano R443
    Pedals: Shimano A530
    Wheels: Rodi Blackjack T622
    Tyres: Schwalbe CX Comp
    Seatpost: cheap suspension post
    Saddle: Selle Royal 30 athletic gel
    Stem: Ritchey 30 90mm stem (I have a bad back so I like my handlebar a bit higher)
    Handlebar: FSA XC-180
    Grips: Ritchey truegrips
    Brakes: Shimano XT V-brake set
    Shifters: SRAM Attack 3x9 gripshifts
    Bar-ends: Ritchey Pro
    Aerobar: Profile design Jammer GT

    With this bike I go fast on the roads and I am able to do tricky trails through the forests

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