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Old 05-09-13, 07:30 AM   #1
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Help me choose a hybrid pls

Hi, I have been riding Scott Voltage YZ2 vintage 2003 for last 10 years and even though I love this bike, I would like to buy myself a hybrid since it's lighter, faster and more comfortable. I usually ride bike paths or forrest paths, single ride up to 1,5h. My Scott makes my wrist and neck go numb after 45 minutes.
I want a suspension fork and good overall specs, disc brakes are not a must. I don't like typical women's frame shapes, I could go with men's bike as long as the size is right and it feels comfortable. My price limit is $1000.
The bikes I like but haven't yet tried on are:
- Trek Neko S/SL
- Trek DS 8.3/8.4
- Trek Verve 3/4
- Specialized Crosstail Sport Disc
- Specialized Ariel Sport Disc
- Cube Access WLS
- Cube Curve Pro
- Cube LTD CLS Pro
- Canondale Quick CX 3
- Cannondale Athea 2

Please help
P.S. I like Specialized Sirrus, Trek FX and Cannondale Quick but these are rigid fork bikes and I assume they won't be as comfortable as suspension fork bikes especially in the forrest. Any opinions?

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Old 05-09-13, 01:18 PM   #2
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Anyone? Don't be shy.
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What's a Scott Vintage YZ2?....Do you mean a Scott Voltage YZ2?
Yes, sorry for confusion.
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Yes, sorry for confusion.
How do you know that a hybrid is more comfortable, before you've test-ridden it yet?

Maybe a suspension fork is actually the cause of your numbness...

Have you actually ridden a rigid forked hybrid before?

IMO, I think you should try a rigid forked hybrid. Therefore, I'd recommend the following:

1) The Cannondale CX 4
2) The Raleigh Misceo 3
3) The Jamis Coda Elite

* If not a rigid fork, then I'd recommend the Trek Neko and the Cannondale CX 3.

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don't be so quick to rule out a road bike
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Couldn't the neck and wrist issues be addressed by changing stem/bars configuration first?
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Would caution that the definition of what is a "hybrid bike" can vary a lot between regions.
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Thank you all for your replies. For sure I will try these bikes on before I buy one. I just hoped you would recommend some bikes from my list or outside the list.
I don't think a road bike is for me, I am looking for more upright position not less. And I suposse fork with suspencion would save my body and especially my spine shocks. I want a fast, light and comfortable bike which I can take off road accasionally but I won' race so it doesn't have to be light as a feather
As for stem configuration, I even changed the original stem to the higher adjustable stem with 15 angle and changed grips for ergo ones. Even though the handlebar is now a few cms higher than before, my necks still feels tight.
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Since steel frames also contribute to vibration absorption or dampening, I would also suggest a chromo steel frame coupled with a really good suspension fork, in order to reduce the numbness, if you think vibrations are what's causing you the physical problems.

Another idea would be to go to a completely different geoemtry with a 29er MTB. Perhaps something like the Marin Muirwoods 29er would even be an improvement over your YZ2. Just throw some slicks on the Muirwoods and trust me when I tell you....You can really fly!

http://store.somafab.com/mtbframes.html

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Since steel frames also contribute to vibration absorption or dampening, I would also suggest a chromo steel frame coupled with a really good suspension fork, in order to reduce the numbness, if you think vibrations are what's causing you the physical problems.

Another idea would be to go to a completely different geoemtry with a 29er MTB. Perhaps something like the Marin Muirwoods 29er would even be an improvement over your YZ2. Just throw some slicks on the Muirwoods and trust me when I tell you....You can really fly!

http://store.somafab.com/mtbframes.html
Thanks mate, I will check it out From 29ers I like Cube Analog 29
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My neck used to bother me a lot when riding, due to arthritis. I regularly do exercises now to strengthen my core and that helps a lot with the neck. Plus, I do some specifically for the neck. You might want to try that as well.

Core exercises: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047
Neck: http://www.arc4life.com/site/615058/...strenghtenneck
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Thanks mate, I will check it out From 29ers I like Cube Analog 29

It might behoove you to get out and just ride a helluva lotta bikes, both with and without suspension forks, so that you can better determine what contributes to your physical discomfort. Sometimes the physical culprit can be a counter-intuitive source.
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Thank you all for your replies. For sure I will try these bikes on before I buy one. I just hoped you would recommend some bikes from my list or outside the list.
I don't think a road bike is for me, I am looking for more upright position not less. And I suposse fork with suspencion would save my body and especially my spine shocks. I want a fast, light and comfortable bike which I can take off road accasionally but I won' race so it doesn't have to be light as a feather
As for stem configuration, I even changed the original stem to the higher adjustable stem with 15 angle and changed grips for ergo ones. Even though the handlebar is now a few cms higher than before, my necks still feels tight.

the straighter up you sit, the WORSE the spine shocks. suspension forks help with the FRONT end, not so much with the back. the standard solution for rough trails is to stand up but this requires more core and leg+arm strength.
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My neck used to bother me a lot when riding, due to arthritis. I regularly do exercises now to strengthen my core and that helps a lot with the neck. Plus, I do some specifically for the neck. You might want to try that as well.

Core exercises: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047
Neck: http://www.arc4life.com/site/615058/...strenghtenneck
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the straighter up you sit, the WORSE the spine shocks. suspension forks help with the FRONT end, not so much with the back. the standard solution for rough trails is to stand up but this requires more core and leg+arm strength.
You are right
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