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Old 10-10-13, 10:04 AM   #1
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Help me choose a Hybrid! Please!

Hi all, first post so go steady on me!

I've got around 500 to spend on a bike, maybe a little bit more. I don't like mountain bikes and I'm not a serious enough rider to go for a road bike so I've decided on a hybrid.

I'm undecided on either a Specialized Sirrus Sport or a Cannondale Quick 5 or the 580 Quick 4.

I've ridden the Sirrus and I did like it but a lot of forums day Cannondale all day long.

Is the Cannondale a better bike, and is The Quick 4 worth the extra?

I will be mainly cycling for fitness and pleasure but I do like a bit of speed!

Any help greatly appreciated...
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Old 10-10-13, 10:20 AM   #2
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I'm a new rider as well and just bought the Sirrus Elite , which I get this weekend! Pretty sure most people here on the forum will tell you to ride all 3 and choose the one that fits best and you like the most.

I haven't ridden the Cannondale Quick 4 or 5 but from the specs it looks like the biggest difference from it and the Sirrus is the Sirrus Sport is a 9 speed bike and both Cannondales are 8 speed. If you live somewhere with a lot of hills that could be a deciding factor. On the other hand, the Cannondale's have slightly better front and rear derailleurs....what that means - I have no idea.

Good luck! All three look like great bikes! :-)
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Old 10-10-13, 01:19 PM   #3
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They are so close I would go with which ever is sold by an LBS that you like. A bike shop that will fit you carefully, choosing a stem that will give you the best ride would be more important than the very minimal difference between them. The Spec does have lower gearing by just one gear. It might make just a bit of difference if you have a lot of hills around. If you can finagle a bargain on other related items like a rack or helmet, gloves, shoes etc. you might get some quotes on the total package if you are looking to buy extra stuff. That total might be quite different from one shop to another and could decide the day. Both bikes are very comparable. If one fits you perfectly that would be a clear decider but the LBS should also be prepared to give you a slightly longer or shorter stem.
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Old 10-10-13, 01:22 PM   #4
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Anything in the Trex FX series is a good machine.
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Old 10-10-13, 03:59 PM   #5
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I have a Sirrus and love it. Its my work horse bike, from pulling my kid in the Burley to riding to the grocery store. Just a great overall bike!
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Old 10-10-13, 04:28 PM   #6
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Cheers guys, is there likely to be much difference in top speeds? The sirrus has slightly thinner tyres I think.
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Old 10-10-13, 05:38 PM   #7
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I have a Sirrus and love it. Its my work horse bike, from pulling my kid in the Burley to riding to the grocery store. Just a great overall bike!
+1 on the Sirrus. Great bike. You might have a preference of one bike over another, but you certainly can't go wrong with the Sirrus
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