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    Deciding between 2 hybrids and would love your advice

    Hello - appreciate your help in advance

    I am in my 20s and looking for a bike for fitness and fun. I signed up for a super sprint triathlon, but it is very casual and most people have hybrids so I am not looking for a racing or road bike. I am deciding between the Trek 7.2FX or the Jamis Coda Sport femme. They are similarly priced. I much prefer the LBS where I can buy the Jamis as the Trek shop is not very nice, though it seems the Trek bike gets great reviews online.

    Which one do you think I should choose? I rode both and felt good though the Trek saddle was not as comfortable. What are the major differences? Which will be faster?

    Would appreciate any help!! Thanks

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    That's really a loaded question............... You should buy the one you like the best. Find another bike shop that sells Trek, if the first one is a slug.

    Honestly, both bikes are similar, and will be very close in performance, with the same rider.

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    If you like the Jamis better go for it...Liking and trusting your LBS is worth something...Both bikes seem similar, defenitely buy a bike that feels good to you...Are there other Bike shops in the local area you can go to...I was looking at trek then Giant but ended up with a Cannondale Quick...the stars aligned...

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    The Jamis Coda is the better bike.

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    The Jamis may be more comfortable for 2 reasons: steel frame absorbs shock and vibration & it is designed from women riders (ie: femme), so geometry will be better suited and so will the saddle. As others have said, the bikes are similar and speed will be as well. Go with the one you like and feel most comfortable riding.

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    These days, I am liking Jamis better than Trek. Maybe just me, but it seems like I see the 7.2 FX everywhere in Southern Wisconsin. Solid bike, but kind of boring. (sort of a modern day version of the Schwinn Varsity, but I digress)

    If the Jamis dealer is also the better bike shop, I say just go with the Jamis and don't look back.
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    I just made the same decision this week. I picked the Coda Sport over the 7.2FX in the end. It felt better to me, more grounded and I liked the bar grips better (although I know that is an easy replacement). The Coda had ergo grips. I have no idea on parts as I am a complete novice. But from what most people on this forum say they are pretty comparable. The main difference being what the frames are made of.

    i think either is probably a good bike. Just see if they feel different when you ride them. If not then pick based on the store and the price.

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    sounds like the components are pretty similar between them so that leaves comfort and looks. the difference between an aluminum frame and steel is pretty huge. i'd go back and try them again if you can and pay close attention to the feel of each. and try if you can to ignore the saddle comfort/discomfort because that is very personal and most folks swap theirs out anyway.

    i hate to predict the outcome of your comparison but i will say i just went from a Trek 7.3fx to a Jamis Coda Elite and the steel frame of the Jamis is just sooooo much smoother (actually the carbon fork makes it not really a fair comparison). even though i really loved riding the Trek for the last 5 years, there is no question it was a much more jittery ride than my Jamis is now.
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    What is the whole component pick list for both?

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    Personally, i'd opt for a 7.3FX vs the 7.2FX.
    One more gear and a little better component set.

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    My wife had to make the same decision last yr ... I had her ride both a few times and she actually rode 10 to 15 miles on each ... For some reason she could not explain she like the coda sport much better ... im sure last yrs blue color had something to do with it ... bottom line is ride both and you will find the one you like ... make sure you like the dealer !!!

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