I was very happy with a circa 1990 cannondale 3.0 road bike that i had been riding around campus and for short recreational rides (rarely over 10 miles), but unfortunately it was stolen right around graduation. I moved from suburban delaware back to the western Long Island/ NYC area, and am thinking that it might be more practical to replace that bike with something with flat handlebars to deal with traffic, less than ideal roads, and the occasional ride on cracked sidewalks (i almost never used the drops anyway). I dont have any aspirations to race any time soon, but dont want to give up too much of the flat-out speed i could get on the more race-oriented bike. I wasnt particularly impressed by anything i found on craigslist, and after doing a bit of research the Trek 9th district and PDX caught my eye.
I really like the idea of having only 1 front chainring on the 9th district just to keep things simpler and lighter, and where i live is relatively flat so i dont need the lower gears for climbing. The PDX seems almost as nice, at a price much closer to what im willing to spend. Would it be foolish for me to swap out the triple for a single chainring on that bike?
If anyone has any experience with either of these bikes, or recommendations for something similar that i've overlooked (especially with a single front chainring), it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Specialized Tarmac Expert, Giant XTC, Home built commuter on a Schwinn Supersport GS frame
I like the 1x9 concept of the 9th district, but $900 is a steep price for what you are getting. If you live or ride in the hills, you may find it a bit difficult to push that 44x gearing. I like SRAM X7 and have been running it in in a 1x9 homebuilt bike for a while, but still $900 is steep. Trek tends to command more money than other companies with similar products. If I was going to spend $900 on a hybrid, here's how I would do it. For comparison's sake you can get a carbon fiber hybrid with equal or better componentry for the same money. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...century_xi.htm
The PDX seems unreasonably high priced too. For a little less money you can get 2-3 steps up in componentry and good hydraulic disc brakes rather than bottom end Tektro Novella mechanical discs in this bike http://www.konaworld.com/asphalt_com...ent=dew_plus#2 I am alarmed that Trek is asking $700 for a bike with Shimano Tourney stuff on it. You can get Tourney on $250 Schwinns.