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    Question Fuji vs Kross? which would be better choice?

    hi guys.. so i have been looking for a hybrid manily for commuting to office and some fitness along with that .. the distance is around 24miles(40km)..

    At first was planning on schwinn sportera 2012 but then i really like the looks of FUJI ABSOLUTE 2.1 http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/absolute-21.. From specs i understand both are almost the same ..
    But then i came across KROSS SETO (never heard of them before) http://www.kross.pl/en/2013/urban/seto#specification , which has hydraulic disc brakes when compared to FUJI 2.1 and its approx $180 costly..
    If it is easy to replace a flat tire with disc brakes when compared to cable rim brakes ? is the lot of maintenance required for hydraulic brakes..

    The LBS guys has been telling the FUJI is currently out of stock and they don't sell KROSS bikes..
    So my only option is online but then i don't get to try it out(fit/comfortable or not- this is first time i am getting a bike of this price range)
    Is it wise to buy without test ride?

    Also is Kross seto worth the extra cash?

    Looking to get a bike for sure in next two weeks atleast ..
    any thoughts is much appreciated.. thank you..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mekanik View Post
    If it is easy to replace a flat tire with disc brakes when compared to cable rim brakes ?
    Yes. With discs,you just pull the wheel. With rim brakes,you have to open the brake first,and then remember to reconnect it after you reinstall the wheel. Not a huge difference,unless your rim brakes are set tight.

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    is the lot of maintenance required for hydraulic brakes..
    No. You replace the pads when they wear down,and get them bled every few years. That bike has Shimano hydros which are very nice.

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    Is it wise to buy without test ride?
    Not unless you're familiar with bikes and how they fit you. You can't tell exactly how a bike will fit and ride until you get in the saddle. If this is your first bike,I'd recommend something that you can test ride first.

    Quote Originally Posted by mekanik View Post
    Also is Kross seto worth the extra cash?
    The Kross has better brakes and nicer tires,but it also has a straight blade alloy fork to the Fuji's steel one. Alloy forks don't ride as smoothly as steel(or carbon) ones,so you should consider how rough the roads you'll be riding on will be.

    Really,I'd advise you to get a bike you can test ride first,esp if you're going to be riding a good distance. You might also want to consider swapping the bar or adding barends,or even consider a road,cross,or touring bike,since you'll want to change hand positions often on a long ride.

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    Thanks... That was really helpful... Looks like its going to be a Schwinn since I find test ride for others as a limitation..
    Just one more question.. Are these bike/wheels/rims capable of handling a heavy weight.. The shopkeeper tells it will support up to 150kg.. Not sure if its true.. :/
    Last edited by mekanik; 09-06-13 at 04:41 AM.

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    150kg seems a bit high for stock hybrid wheels. Cargo and touring bikes haul loads like that.

    What do you consider 'heavy weight'? Do you weigh more than 100kg?

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    I love my Fuji Absolute2 (2012 model). It has a carbon fork on the front. It is a bit more expensive, but, a lot more bike for the price difference.

    http://archive.fujibikes.com/archive...modelyear=2012
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    @dynaryder - unfortunately .. yes..
    @MickeyMaguire - its based on specs of fuji absolute 2 i decided to go for absolute 2.1 .. again no availablity of the 2012 model...
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    Also would like to know which would be better wheel sets? 700 x 32c or a 28 x 1.5 ? Right now my only worry is if the rims will handle it, boz the roads even though are paved its not in the best condition all round year..
    just heard from dealer and that fuji 2.1 is in stock will take a test ride today and see..

    update: test drove the fuji, unfortunately he had the medium size and i was looking for a large one.. since he had only the Schwinn sporterra in "L" size i decided to go get that one tomorrow.. this will be 2012 model and is cheaper(I really did not find much difference between 2013 & 2012 model on paper) and at least my first bike needs to be assembled by some who knows it rather than newbie like me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mekanik View Post
    Also would like to know which would be better wheel sets? 700 x 32c or a 28 x 1.5 ?
    Those are tire sizes,not wheel sizes.

    If you look on your rims,there should be a sticker somewhere that says something like '622xNN' where NN is the rim's width in mm. Compare that to this chart:
    http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_in...dimensions#rim

    That will give you the range of tires that will fit on your rims. Note:how wide you can go will also depend on how much clearance there is between the fork legs and rear frame stays. Wider tires might help handle the weight better,but the biggest issue will be making sure the shop has properly tensioned the spokes on the wheels. From what I got from Google,your bike has 32 spoke rims,which should handle your weight unless you're pushing 300lbs and/or riding off-road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Those are tire sizes,not wheel sizes.

    If you look on your rims,there should be a sticker somewhere that says something like '622xNN' where NN is the rim's width in mm. Compare that to this chart:
    http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_in...dimensions#rim
    From reading around that 700 x 32c or 28 x1.5 or 700 x 38c means that 32 or 38 or 1.5 is width of the tyre..

    Thanks again..

    That will give you the range of tires that will fit on your rims. Note:how wide you can go will also depend on how much clearance there is between the fork legs and rear frame stays. Wider tires might help handle the weight better,but the biggest issue will be making sure the shop has properly tensioned the spokes on the wheels. From what I got from Google,your bike has 32 spoke rims,which should handle your weight unless you're pushing 300lbs and/or riding off-road.
    No off riding .. just gravel riding to escape the traffic..
    Last edited by mekanik; 09-09-13 at 10:18 PM.

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