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Old 10-24-13, 12:18 PM   #1
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Can't get a Giant Cypress ST any more, so what should I get?

I was looking at getting my first "real" (aka not Walmart) bike last year, and had settled on the small-size Giant Cypress ST after talking to a bunch of LBSs and test riding a bunch of bikes. Unfortunately life intervened and I never got around to actually purchasing it. Now that I am looking again, it seems that Giant hasn't made chromoly steel bikes since the 2012 model year and all the LBSs around here only have the 2013s and 2014s now.

My main uses would be an occasional short commute to work (2 miles, 75 ft elevation change) and rides around the city or on rail trails of about 10 miles (mostly flat and paved, but occasional hills and potholes). Any recommendations on new bikes, or should I wait for a good condition used Cypress ST to show up on Craigslist?

My requirements are: Around $350 (the Cypress ST was $300 when I looked at it), steel frame (both for ride comfort and longevity), under ~30 lbs, and larger thinner wheels (700c-38 or narrower). Decent components would be nice, but for now I don't need anything fancier than what came on the Cypress ST.
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Old 10-24-13, 01:35 PM   #2
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You can buy a Specialized or a Trek brand bike , and several others,
and feel better knowing the Giant Bike company actually made it.

They really are huge, and in fact they made a lot of stuff for other companies ,
before setting up dealer networks and warehouses for selling another line with Giant in paint on it.
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Old 10-24-13, 01:54 PM   #3
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Keep your eye open on CL and similar.
Often you can find excellent deals on bikes that are just a "couple" years old.

Do you really want/need the extra weight of a suspension fork?
You can always change to "skinnier" tires, even in 26" size. I use 26x1.25" (32mm) on my grocery getter. They're much lighter/more nimble than the 35mm that came on my Globe. (which now wears 26mm tires)
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Old 10-24-13, 02:09 PM   #4
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Do you really want/need the extra weight of a suspension fork?
The bike in the link doesn't have a suspension fork.

OP: I don't know of anything like that in that price range. Sorry.
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Thanks for all the replies.

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You can buy a Specialized or a Trek brand bike , and several others,
and feel better knowing the Giant Bike company actually made it.

They really are huge, and in fact they made a lot of stuff for other companies ,
before setting up dealer networks and warehouses for selling another line with Giant in paint on it.
I had no particular loyalty to Giant, other than the bang for the buck that that particular model seemed to offer.

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Keep your eye open on CL and similar.
Often you can find excellent deals on bikes that are just a "couple" years old.

Do you really want/need the extra weight of a suspension fork?
You can always change to "skinnier" tires, even in 26" size. I use 26x1.25" (32mm) on my grocery getter. They're much lighter/more nimble than the 35mm that came on my Globe. (which now wears 26mm tires)

I don't want a suspension fork (that model didn't have one), as I'm looking to keep the bike as light as possible without breaking the bank. I'll keep an eye on CL.

Hopefully this aluminum fad on low-end bikes will pass soon.
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