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  1. #1
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    2013 Trek Verve 2 or 2012 Norco Rideau?

    Looking to start riding again. Casual, roads only. Like the hybrid style.

    I have test ridden a Specialized crossroads... ok. Tried a $400 Giant today...meh.

    I liked the ride of the 2013 Trek Verve 2. $589 ...$50 off next week. Seat shock, front suspension, and hand shifters.

    Tomorrow going to a different bike shop to test ride a 2012 Norco Rideau... $400.. trigger shifters, seat shock. No front suspension.

    Dont really have any clue about the specifics of the components and their respective quality.

    Looking for input on which is the better buy and why.

    Thanks.

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    update: here are the specs:

    TREK VERVE 2
    Colors Graphite/Metallic BlackPrime Blue/Metallic Blue

    Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum

    Front suspension SR Suntour NEX, with preload adjust, 50mm travel

    Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5"

    Wheels Formula alloy hubs w/Bontrager AT-550 36-hole alloy rims

    Tires Bontrager H5, 700x35c

    Shifters SRAM 3.0 Comp, 7 speed twist

    Front derailleur Shimano Tourney

    Rear derailleur SRAM X3

    Crank Suntour XCC, 48/38/28 w/chainguard

    Cassette Shimano TZ31 14-34, 7 speed

    Pedals Wellgo nylon platform

    Saddle Bontrager Boulevard

    Seatpost Alloy, adjustable suspension

    Handlebar Bontrager Approved, steel, 50mm rise

    Stem Alloy, adjustable rise, quill

    Headset 1-1/8", semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings

    Brakeset Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes w/Tektro adjustable-reach alloy levers w/Kraton inserts

    Grips Bontrager Satellite

    Extras Fender & rack mounts




    NORCO Rideau 2012


    Frameset
    Frame

    7005 alloy w/comfort stays
    Fork

    Aerodynamic chromoly fork
    Rear Shock

    N/A
    Wheels
    Rims

    Double wall alloy w/CNC side wall 32h - Black
    Tires

    Comfort 700 x 35c
    Front Hub

    Formula alloy hub - Black
    Rear Hub

    Formula alloy cassette hub - Black
    Spokes

    Stainless spokes - 15 gauge - Black
    Drivetrain
    Shifter Front

    Shimano Easy-Fire 51 24speed - Black
    Shifter Rear

    Shimano Easy-Fire 51 24speed - Black
    Front Derailleur

    Shimano Tourney FD-M191
    Rear Derailleur

    Shimano Altus RD-M310 - Black
    Cassette

    Shimano CS-HG30 11-32T 8 speed
    Bottom Bracket

    Cartridge
    Crankset

    Shimano Altus FC-M171C 48/38/28T - Black
    Pedals

    Resin Comfort pedal w/Kraton grip
    Chain

    KMC Z-72
    Components
    Seat Post

    Alloy suspension seatpost - Black
    Saddle

    Norco Classic Comfort saddle
    Headset

    Semi-Integrated threaded - Black
    Stem

    Forged alloy adjustable stem - Black
    Handlebar

    Alloy comfort high riser bar - Black
    Grips

    Triple density ergonomic w/Norco bar plug
    Front Brake

    Tektro 837AL-EN V-Brakes
    Rear Brake

    Tektro 837AL-EN V-Brakes
    Brake Levers

    Shimano Rapid-Fire 51 w/4-finger levers
    Misc
    Colour

    Bright Red
    Sizes Available

    14.5,17,18.5,21
    Bike Weight (lbs)

    30.00
    Bike Weight (kgs)

    13.64

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    I'm unsure of the Norco, but over the last 2 weeks I have dissected a few Trek models and I actually ordered a 7.2 FX disc earlier this afternoon. The verve was a bike I looked at along with the 8.2 DS. They are all three somewhat similar, but the 7.2 FX seems to have slightly better components. I think the 7.2 leans more towards road bike with comfort still in mind while the verve leans more towards comfort and less towards all out road. I sat on and took a couple laps around the shop with all three and the 7.2 seems like a lighter, faster bike. Now, it comes in last in terms of the comfort features, but it might strike a good balance for what you are looking for. Despite the MSRP online, I got mine for 549.

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    They're not all the much different, mainly you're paying for the suspension fork.

    Ride both and see what feels better. If you're just riding on pavement, there's not really any reason for suspension really.

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    If you don't ride a lot of rough stuff, or need it for physical reasons, you will be happier WITHOUT front suspension, and will hate that suspension seatpost. GZet them to dump the suspended seatpost before buying. Those cheap suspended seatposts, wear and get wiggly, which is really nasty......................

    You might be amazed with the ride and performance of the Trek FX series, namely the 7.2 Disc. It will hold it's value better than the others, as well.

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    The Verve sure is a nice bike. I saw them in my LBS, very sharp and good components IMO

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