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    trek verve vs cannondale adventure 700's

    last year i bought my wife a trek 7300, and together we've been riding and ive been using a 4 or 5 year old diamondback from dicks or somewhere like that. its time for an upgrade for me, and we're not road racers. i want a comfortable seating position, but not an old man bike either. ive been debating between the trek verve hybrid line, and the cannondale adventure 700 series. anyone else checked out these bikes, or know enough about the differences to help us pick one. not only are we debating between the lines, but individual models. i'd like to have at least 24 speeds, so 8 speed rear derailure. locking front suspenion would be nice, as im a large 290 lb guy and can imagine im gonna lose alot of forward momentum in suspension sag when pedalling hard. what do you guys know about the two lines and individual models to help us steer in the right direction. im buying from a local bike shop, as they have lifetime tune ups and are pretty good to us on my wifes bike. id rather not spend $900 if i can avoid it, but the verve4 is the only trek with locking suspension at $920. thanks in advance for all your help,

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    The Verve replaced the 7xxx line, so it's pretty much the new equivalent to your wife's 7300. From your description it sounds like it would be a good bike for you. The Verve 3 is what you'd want and go for the 4 if you can afford and justify the added expense. I ordered a 3 for my wife to look at and it was a good looking bike. They ended up talking us into upgrading her Navigator to trigger shifters and ergo grips instead of swapping bikes and she's tickled pink with the change. I'd advise you to stay away from the twist shift = Verve 2 or 1 models, plus I think the 3 is the lowest model with an 8 speed rear, so that's your starting point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    The Verve replaced the 7xxx line, so it's pretty much the new equivalent to your wife's 7300. From your description it sounds like it would be a good bike for you. The Verve 3 is what you'd want and go for the 4 if you can afford and justify the added expense. I ordered a 3 for my wife to look at and it was a good looking bike. They ended up talking us into upgrading her Navigator to trigger shifters and ergo grips instead of swapping bikes and she's tickled pink with the change. I'd advise you to stay away from the twist shift = Verve 2 or 1 models, plus I think the 3 is the lowest model with an 8 speed rear, so that's your starting point.
    thanks. that's about where im at decision making wise. anyone know of a good hybrid with locking suspension for $700 or less? maybe i need to switch gears from LBS to dicks or sports authority.

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    anyone have advice for me? maybe a cheaper hybrid with locking suspension? should i just go with a cannondale adventure, as you can get them cheaper with locking front fork?

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    You should go to one or two lbs, tell them what you are looking for and test ride bikes that meet your specifications until you find the one that feels right to you. A bike is a significant investment and you may have to purchase upgrades or accessories so that your new ride will be just right for you. If you narrow it down to two or three bikes, then please provide an update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomper View Post
    You should go to one or two lbs, tell them what you are looking for and test ride bikes that meet your specifications until you find the one that feels right to you. A bike is a significant investment and you may have to purchase upgrades or accessories so that your new ride will be just right for you. If you narrow it down to two or three bikes, then please provide an update.
    ive narrowed it down to the verve 3 or 4 (difference being the 4 has locking suspension) and the cannondale adventure 3, although ive been rethinking about going to a navigator, as im starting to realize smaller tires may not be a terrible thing. i'd just replace the tires with skinnier ones maybe.

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