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Old 12-31-12, 07:18 PM   #1
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Question K2 Astral 1.0 vs. Diamondback Trace

I am interested in buying a Hybrid Bike and am not sure if I should get the K2 Astral 1.0 or the Diamondback Trace.

The Trace is usually $500 and the Astral is usually $350.

Currently available is the Trace with some scratches but it is marked down to $350 also.

So now my two options are, for the same price, the nicer trace with scratches or the Astral.


Advice? Thanks!

Please...No additional suggestions. I am already set on one of these bikes.
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Old 12-31-12, 09:12 PM   #2
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Going on the assumption that both fit you properly... I have to ask what type of riding are you planning on doing? The Trace will fare slightly better off road. If on road speed is your thing, the K2 will have the slight edge.

That being said, depending on the severity of those scratches, I'd go for the Trace myself.
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Thanks so much! I ride both so and both ride well. I'll let you know my choices when I choose.

Thanks again!
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My only concern with the Trace is that the suspension fork does NOT have a "lock out" option. If your riding on asphalt that has a bit of rippleing, (ie stutter bumps), it will make the bike feel a bit like a pogo stick, (from my past experiance) as the extension and rebound never get time to settle in. IF your going to be riding a lot a dirt/gravel/limestone rail trails then the suspension would be a good thing, if not then I'd prefer a "non-suspension" fork. Now I don't care for the "Shimano Tourney" rear derailluer on the K2, the Shimano Altus on the Trace, while a lower end derailluer, I've found always "works" and doesn't seem to need as much "adjustments" as the Tourney derailluers, jmho, ymmv. Does K2 have a model the next step up, in the standard price range of the Trace you could try out?
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The K2 makes the following:

Astral
Astral 1.0
Astral 2.0
Astral 3.0

The Astral is not as good so I am avoiding it. The 1.0 is what I am considering. The 2.0 is slightly nicer but will not be available in stores for a long time. The 3.0 is out of my price range...

Thanks for the tips!
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Talking I have made my choice

Thanks to feedback from the store and people on this forum, I have made my choice and selected the K2 Astral 1.0.

Thank you all so much for your help.

Safe Riding
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