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    Decided to go hybrid- now which one?

    So after in a long battle of if I wanted a mtb or more of a road/agressive hybrid, I decided to go with a hybrid because Im going to do ALOT more on road than offroad (if any at all). I just loved how effortlessly it was to pedal the below bikes

    These have been the ones I've tried so far at my local bike shops. Im 6' with long legs

    Cannondale Quick 4
    http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/recr...-quick-4-16098

    Giant Rapid 3
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....3/7298/44052/

    Giant Seek 2
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....2/7342/44058/

    The quick 4, the shop only had in a Large not XL I loved the quick 4 and might have bought it if it was in my size. But they probably wouldnt have any others as the 12' models are around the corner.
    I dont like the Specialized sirrus. Im just really torn between these. $600 is going to be my price range. I tried a Trek bike (forget which one) but it wasnt as comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
    So after in a long battle of if I wanted a mtb or more of a road/agressive hybrid, I decided to go with a hybrid because Im going to do ALOT more on road than offroad (if any at all). I just loved how effortlessly it was to pedal the below bikes

    These have been the ones I've tried so far at my local bike shops. Im 6' with long legs

    Cannondale Quick 4
    http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/recr...-quick-4-16098

    Giant Rapid 3
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....3/7298/44052/

    Giant Seek 2
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....2/7342/44058/

    The quick 4, the shop only had in a Large not XL I loved the quick 4 and might have bought it if it was in my size. But they probably wouldnt have any others as the 12' models are around the corner.
    I dont like the Specialized sirrus. Im just really torn between these. $600 is going to be my price range. I tried a Trek bike (forget which one) but it wasnt as comfortable.
    It's easy. Go with the one that you feel more comfortable riding with. If it's a Cannondale that you like, it's the Quick. While 2012 is around the corner, you should shop around town to see if another dealer stock XL.

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    Yah, the thing is.. there are about 4 major bike shops. All of which carry specific bikes. One has specialized and giant, another just giant, another just trek and lastly specialized and cannondale.

    So I cant even ride all the bikes at one shop to compare side by side. There arent any other locally that carry good name brands.

    Thanks for the advice. I figured it would come down to feel/fit of the bike

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    It's unfortunate, but that is what it all comes down to. I can tell you how great my bikes are and someone else can tell you how great theirs are, but if neither of the bikes fit you and aren't comfortable, all that talk means nothing.
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    If $600 is your budget, a Roam 1 fits right in! I posted a boat load of pics in my gallery on another site,( I can't see posting pics on multiple websites) if you want to see some detail you can't get in a catalog.
    Here's a link, http://gallery.mtbr.com/showgallery..../ppuser/555089
    I need to update, as I changed the seat due to it being a bit too stiff and I bought some white pedals 'cause I think they look cool.
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    Ya I was initially interested in it, but no shop has that one I liked it because it had the lock out, disk brakes and some good components. But I havent ridden it to know how it feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
    Yah, the thing is.. there are about 4 major bike shops. All of which carry specific bikes. One has specialized and giant, another just giant, another just trek and lastly specialized and cannondale.

    So I cant even ride all the bikes at one shop to compare side by side. There arent any other locally that carry good name brands.

    Thanks for the advice. I figured it would come down to feel/fit of the bike
    Bikes from different makers all have slight differences in fitting geometry to fit all shapes and sizes like shoe makers to feet. You can try all you want, but eventually you'll find one you like and fit well, that's the bike you want.

    Do not be persuaded to buy a bike based only on someone's preference, because whatever fits him or her does not necessarily mean it fits you.

    And usually, a bike shop will order in a size for you if that size is available, but not in stock. It may take time, but heh patience is a virtue and it's better that the bike fits you and rides well rather than be condemned like many bikes in America to the garage or closet because it hurts when you start riding more than 20 miles or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificcyclist View Post
    *SNIP* because it hurts when you start riding more than 20 miles or more.
    Who says you gotta ride 20 miles to get something out of it?
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    Is a used/like new 2011 Jamis ventura at $500 a good deal? My local bike shop said a guy traded it in recently after getting it because he wanted a different style/model. They cleaned it up and fixed whatever/if anything needed replacing.
    They also ordered a Giant defy 3 for me to ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
    Is a used/like new 2011 Jamis ventura at $500 ???.
    I don't know that bike or values, but the main question is will they honor the warranty as if it was new?

    My new hybrid - first three rides, three trips for adjustments. All minor, all taken care of with a smile.

    And a years worth of adjustments, tune-ups.

    Would be the big deal to me. If the price was right, and the bike felt right, I wouldn't worry about it being mildly used.

    Caveat - I am new to this, so not qualified to give specific bike advice - but consider this to be "situational" advice

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    Ill call them and ask real quick- but im pretty sure they will.
    the shop offers 1 year free adjustments, lifetime warranty on frame, 1 year free parts against malfunction, free tubes for life, able to trade in bike for fair market value to put towards a new/better bike.

    I rode it some today, it felt nice. fit well too. Not sure what to look for in a road bike let a lone a used one.
    Heres a link to a brand new one on their site http://bikeworks.com/product/jamis-v...rt-74678-1.htm

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    The one at the link doesn't look like a hybrid to me -

    Even so, before I decided - if it were already used - I would ask them to let me take it home for a few days - with a refundable deposit of course.

    Probably will - doesn't hurt to ask.

    Take your time. There are plenty of people out there that will be quite happy to take your money. This is a buyers market in most areas

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    I like the looks of that BLUE Jamis.
    It's a pleasant change from industrial colored bikes that all look the same.

    You're right, not a hybrid.
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    I know its not a hybrid- but the more I look at hybrids, the majority I dont like them as they arent "aggressive" enough. And I find myself more into the sportier hybrid bikes. And at that point, i figured- might as well get a road bike or something.

    I rode the specialized sirus today. And i was almost at the highest gear and i just didnt like not being able to lean down to pedal more.

    Well the one in the link is black and red- not the blue one.

    Going to wait till they get the other bike in for me to try.. Then maybe I can talk them down in price some

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    If you're leaning towards a road bike I'd post in that forum to make sure you get some input.

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    Figured much. But thanks for the advice on things

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