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Old 05-04-13, 11:28 PM   #1
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Question Which Hybird/Fitness bike is a good deal in the $300-400 range?

I've got bike fever.
I've been looking at GT Transeo's 4.0, Traffic 3.0, Giant Rapid & Roam. I guess the GT Traffic is cheapest of those. I Found 1 for 370.
Anyway, is there another maker with something similar in that price range that is a great 'value'? Light weight, front shocks and disc brakes aren't a must, but if I could have 1 or 2 of those things it would be great.

Also, my current bike looks pretty much like this. GT Talera
I think it's about 21 years old, but it's in great shape except for the triggers shifters. They seem stiff and inaccurate. Is replacing the trigger shifters a universal thing, or would I need ones specific for my bike?
I'm not sure how heavy the bike is? The bike shop put taller front sockets on it when I bought it so I've been calling it a hybird.
Do you think something like the GT Traffic would be a better/faster ride, or just stick with the old one, fixed up?
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Old 05-05-13, 12:19 AM   #2
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imho, most important is that the bike fits, and that you like the feel of how it steers, handles.

cheap suspension forks suck. and, properly adjusted vbrakes work great.

any bike bought in that price segment probably hasn't been setup very well, so your first task should be to learn how to adjust shifters, brakes.

in that price range, I'd be looking at craigslist and such, find a nicer used bike in great condition. of course, sometimes it takes awhile to find one the right size.
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Old 05-05-13, 01:39 AM   #3
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At your price point, suspension forks are crap and disc brakes would be of dubious value- especially if you're concerned with weight.

Fixing up what you got would probably be the least cost route, but everyone gets bitten by the n+1 bug at some point. Since you're looking at a couple Giant models- both of which are outside your budget- take a look at the Escape 3. Would advise you not to do too many curb jumps/bunny hops and keep any planned off road adventures to a minimum (in both duration and degree of difficulty)...
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Old 05-05-13, 05:15 AM   #4
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All you guys on a strict budget like this, just go straight to nashbar or performance ... just dont nit-pick the components... Actually just be happy that you got 2 wheels and a seat ... And don't even think of buying a specialized or trek @ that price point, you wont be happy.

All that said, does performance still sell the diamond back insight rs ? .. it was like 299$

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Old 05-06-13, 06:09 AM   #5
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Thanks guys for the good info.

There are actually 3 used Escapes for sale in my area. I tried searching Giant, GT, Fuji, Diamond, Marin and didn’t really see anything as good as the Escapes, so that looks like the way to go for newish..

Nasbar is a really cool site. I’d kind of already made an amazon list of things to pimp my bike, whether it’s the old one or a newer one. Their prices seem similar. Didn’t see any Insight RS anymore.

In watching a few videos, it sounds like the cable outers might be the problem, before I try replacing the whole thumb shifters. I’d tried WD40 the shifters and cables. It seemed to help a little. Just doesn’t want to shift or stay in gear.
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