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    Cycling Enthusiast mi77915's Avatar
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    Help with new bikw purchase

    I am looking for a new bike. I own a Giant OCR-2 road bike that I purchased about 3 years ago, but now I am looking for a Hybrid/fitness bike for around $600 (+or-). Just starting to research the subject and would like to buy within the next few weeks. Prior to my OCR-2, I had a Trek 7100 (not sure about the model number, it's been awhile) and it was an "OK" ride. I'm sure things have changed in the last 3 or 4 years since I've done my original "research" for a bike. Any suggestions/comments?

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    Tom

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    Welcome to bike forums, Tom. What do you want to do on a hybrid/fitness bike that you can't do on your road bike? The answer will help us understand what you are looking for.

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    Hey there Mi77915,

    You've got two choices the Jamis Coda Comp or the Fuji Absolute1

    Auf Weidersehen!

    - Slim
    Last edited by SlimRider; 09-22-11 at 07:41 AM.

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    I guess it comes down to a few things that I don't like about my road bike. The first thing is that I would like to ride on surfaces other then pavement. I would like to be able to to go "off-road" (gravel, or old 2 track trails) from time to time. The other thing is that riding a road bike, I am somewhat "hunched over" and over time, this hurts my back (previous back injury).

    Thank you,

    Tom

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    GT Traffic 3.0, Kona Smoke.

    I could do a bunch of research but I think those bikes are cool.

    edit: oops, I think the Smoke might be discontinued.
    Last edited by hybridbkrdr; 09-13-11 at 05:35 AM.

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    I highly recommend the Giant Escape.

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    I've been looking at the Trek DS 8.3 (Gary Fisher Collection), this bike seems to fit my requirements. Any comments on this bike? Of course, before I purchase any bike, I will go to my favorite bike shop and ride a few different one that seem to match the requirements that I am looking for.

    Tom

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    If you want a suspension fork and disc brakes, that looks like a reasonable bike. I like the fact that it's 8 speed so if you ever want to change to friction shifting (like Falcon etc.), you can do so with the drivetrain that's already there without changing anything.

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