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    Question Forums help greatly appreciated

    I just sold my trek fx7.3 and am looking to upgrade. I ride path and pavement in Philly for exercise roughly 3-4 times a week at distance of around 12-20 miles per ride. I liked the trek except the vibrations would make my elbow joints hurt the next day and the brakes I felt were sub par. I am intrigued by the new hybrid bikes with front shocks. I have a budget of $1k. I must have flat bars. I do not want a road bike. I want to know fellow forum members experiences with bikes such as the cannondale Quick CX's or the Specialized Crosstrail Comp Disc or the Focus Cariboo Peak or any oher bikes I should be looking at. Also I would love to hear the plusses and minuses of front shocks. Thanks so much

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    well, I am very biased but I would suggest you consider the Trek DS 8.5.

    front shocks to eliminate the vibration - check,
    remote switch on your bar to lock off the front shock when the mood strikes you - check,
    flat bars - check,
    hydraulic brakes - check,

    and it is right in your budget at $1k.

    Seriously though, you will get lots of opinions suggesting front shocks are unnecessary and just add unnecessary weight to the bike. That advice is sincere but may or may not apply to you. A person who rides only on flat, smooth pavement would likely get little benefit from the front shock so I understand that advice.

    Me? I am an active 43 y/o, with chronic nerve damage in my back and neck (unsuccessful back surgery Sept '10). I commute and ride everyday on bad roads. For me, in my situation, the reduced vibration and added comfort on the arms and shoulders make it possible for me to be on a bike. Throw in the remote lock-off on the 8.5 and I've got the best of both worlds.

    Anyway, take all advice in context, apply it to your own situation and enjoy the adventure that a new bike brings.

    Rod
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    I will look into the Trek DS...thanks for the input. As for riding on only smooth flat pavement...I guess you have never been to Philadelphia...The roads are anything but smooth and well paved...

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    Would a steel frame make a difference or do you really need a front suspension fork?

    Would 700x42 tires make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridbkrdr View Post
    Would a steel frame make a difference or do you really need a front suspension fork?

    Would 700x42 tires make a difference?
    Not sure on the steel frame but in my research have come across Jamis Coda Elite. I am going to go look at it in the next few days and my lbs carries that brand

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    Yeah, that steel frame and carbon fork might make a difference. Although I don't know how rough the trails are that you're riding. I know there padded grips and gloves might help. Or, maybe you need to be fitted to your bike.

    EDIT: I don't know if this would help. But, I think maybe push-ups, sit-ups and weights with dumbells may help circulation in your arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridbkrdr View Post
    Yeah, that steel frame and carbon fork might make a difference. Although I don't know how rough the trails are that you're riding. I know there padded grips and gloves might help. Or, maybe you need to be fitted to your bike.

    EDIT: I don't know if this would help. But, I think maybe push-ups, sit-ups and weights with dumbells may help circulation in your arms.

    Thanks Mom...I will eat my veggies too :-) Actually I went yesterday I test rode the new Specialized Sirrus Comp...Really liked it...I was able to test ride for about an hour at my lbs over uneven pavement and the carbon forks and better flat bars (much improved over my Trek) absorbed the bumbs...Elbows felt great!!! Should be making a decision by the weekend!!! Thanks for any and all input

    Jeff

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    Just bought the Specialized Sirrus Comp 2012...Really light...really comfortable...Tomorrow will be taking a 10 mile spin so break it in. Will post after my ride...


    Jeff

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