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    Finding the Right Hybrid

    Hello All,

    I am in the process of researching/purchasing my first bike (at least in the last 15 years or so). I think that I would like a hybrid - I will be using it on pavement/some dirt roads (in the Philly area if anyone is familiar with the terrain). For that reason I don't think that I want a road bike. Looking at the specs for the different hybrids is like Greek to me so I was hoping for some advice/recommendations.

    The two that I have my eye on thus far are:

    Trek 7.2 FX: 7.2 FX - Trek Bicycle
    Cannondale Quick CX4: QUICK CX 4

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Tom

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    For most manufacturers, you will find similar bikes for similar prices. Test ride them, and see if you prefer one over the other. Also, while test riding, try to determine how helpful the staff is at each shop, and lean heavily toward buying at the most helpful shop.

    The two you link to are different in at least one way, in that the Cannondale has disc brakes (Trek also has FX models with disc brakes). For most of us, disc brakes are of minimal value unless our riding conditions mandate otherwise... For example if you plan to ride in the rain, then disc brakes are better at stopping during wet conditions. Me, I ride when the weather is nice, and if I get caught in a down pour, I just slow down earlier to accommodate the wet brakes.
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    IMHO, both the Trek 7.3FX and the Jamis Coda Comp would be better choices...
    Last edited by WestPablo; 04-23-14 at 10:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    IMHO, the Trek 7.3FX would be a better value...
    You get to 9 speed for and extra hundred or so. At that price point, I would like to get a cf fork, but in the Trek lineup, you need to go up to the 7.4 for that.

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    I owned a 7.3fx for 3yrs and put thousands of miles on it here in Florida. The 7.3fx is one great bike that will get you where you want to go fast. I traded in my 7.3fx last month for a 7.7fx 2014 because I just had to rock it out and I love the lines of the fx series. Imo spend the little bit of extra cash on a 7.3fx or higher fx and you won't be disappointed.

    I don't like down bars to me they're as gay and single purpose as can be. A rode bike with a flat bar now you're talking diversified fun.

    You know what I'm doing right now? I'm waiting for the sun to come so I can ride ride ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgeurpizzy View Post
    I owned a 7.3fx for 3yrs and put thousands of miles on it here in Florida. The 7.3fx is one great bike that will get you where you want to go fast. I traded in my 7.3fx last month for a 7.7fx 2014 because I just had to rock it out and I love the lines of the fx series. Imo spend the little bit of extra cash on a 7.3fx or higher fx and you won't be disappointed.

    I don't like down bars to me they're as gay and single purpose as can be. A rode bike with a flat bar now you're talking diversified fun.

    You know what I'm doing right now? I'm waiting for the sun to come so I can ride ride ride.
    There's an intelligent statement.

    OP, if you are looking at the FX line, than you should be comparing it to the Cannondale Quick line, not the CX line.

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    Its more about favorite brand , than a different bike .. since they are both a Hybrid type .. test ride and choose .

    dont like all the parts chosen in the OEM Build ?, ask the dealer to change them , and supplement the cost difference.

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    I just checked out the Trek FX a couple of weeks ago. A really nice bike. Fast and light. I really wanted one, until I rode the DS. If I were riding all smoother roads, the FX would be a great ride. However, where we ride, we have LOTS of county maintained roads which are rough gravel roads. Plus the main roads are rough and in severe need of repair. Plus we do a fair amount of dirt roads/trails and gravel roads. (Rural Georgia)

    I said that to say this: do your research, ride several bikes, and choose the one that fits your needs best. To me, it's all about finding the best bike for the type of riding you do with the least amount of compromise. Of course, considering this while trying to keep it in your budget.

    One thing I found helpful was the "compare" function on the Trek website. You can instantly see the difference between the various bikes.

    When doing your shopping, as others have already said, pay special attention to the staff at the bike shop. We have a great shop, and it is a pleasure doing business with them. They are very professional, friendly, offer good pricing, and have a complete stock of bikes and accessories. I be able to save a few dollars elsewhere, but I like the staff and their way of doing business.

    Good luck in your search and be sure to let us know what you decided on.

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    Cromo steel bikes absorb road shock on dirt roads better than aluminum. Wider, more all terrain tires are also preferable.
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    I cannot recommend one bike over the other but I have a Trek 7.3 FX and really like it. At the time I bought my bike the drive train and components on the 7.3 were slightly better (or upgraded) when compared to the 7.2, which after a quick comparison on the Trek website still appears to be the case. These "upgrades" may or may not be important to you. You don't want to overbuy or break the bank but you don't want to leave with something that you will be dissatisfied with after a short time either. Try to strike a happy medium. I originally thought I wanted a 7.2 with disc brakes but upon further consideration decided to forego disc brakes and use the money I saved to purchase the next model up (7.3) with upgraded drive train and components. I agree with others who have recommended that you test drive any bikes you are interested at local bike shops… and evaluate their staff. Most bike shops are really great and finding one that you like and trust imo is as important at finding the right bike. They can not only help you find the right bike but also one that "fits" you correctly, which is extremely important.

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    The two bikes that are available locally (and within my price range) are the Diamondback Insight 1 and Trek 7.1 FX. One is priced slightly less than the other. Any thoughts on either bike?

    What is the difference between a "freewheel" and "cassette"?

    The Trek is better quality but how much of a difference is there really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    The two bikes that are available locally (and within my price range) are the Diamondback Insight 1 and Trek 7.1 FX. One is priced slightly less than the other. Any thoughts on either bike?

    What is the difference between a "freewheel" and "cassette"?

    The Trek is better quality but how much of a difference is there really?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCvaBgmN2rw

    Both bikes are pretty entry level. Both are freewheel bikes. I started a thread a few days ago on the freewheel/freehub topic. I don't understand why, given how long freehubs have been around, and given that only the cheapest modern geared bikes have them, why Trek still sells them.

    Trek is the better respected brand, but frankly if it were me, I would try to save up a few extra bucks and go with the 7.2 FX, or equivalent quality level from some other brand.
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    What is the difference between a "freewheel" and "cassette"?
    the Freewheel screws onto the hub , the cassette slides onto splines on the extended right end of the hub.

    in practical terms the axle is better supported on a freehub, as the bearings are on the extreme right end.

    buying a new bike ? the lowest cost ones often opt for the freewheel .

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    I just think that in terms of future upgrades and/or repairs, going with a freehub makes more sense.

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    Local deal on a 2006 7.3 FX for $200. Is this better than looking at a new 7.1 FX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    Local deal on a 2006 7.3 FX for $200. Is this better than looking at a new 7.1 FX?
    Heck Yes, it's better, if it fits and there are no mechanical, structural, or cosmetic issues!

    But, offer $150, because 2006 is already 8 years old...That's really old in bike years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    Local deal on a 2006 7.3 FX for $200. Is this better than looking at a new 7.1 FX?
    I would take a used 7.3 over a new 7.1. You still have plenty of money left for new tires ( if needed), and accessories.

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    I had a 7.3 and it's a nice tough bike. I would get a 7.3 over a 7.1 for sure. ride it and see how it feels. If you purchase it take it to your lbs and have it serviced and ride on.

    Can't go wrong with a fx
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
    Heck Yes, it's better, if it fits and there are no mechanical, structural, or cosmetic issues!

    But, offer $150, because 2006 is already 8 years old...That's really old in bike years!
    Sounds like a good deal to me - even if you had to pay full price ($200) for it. If you are unsure of the condition ask the seller for permission to take it to your local bike shop to have it assessed.

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    7.3 fx

    Quote Originally Posted by ksmoondoggie View Post
    Sounds like a good deal to me - even if you had to pay full price ($200) for it. If you are unsure of the condition ask the seller for permission to take it to your local bike shop to have it assessed.
    The seller says that the bike was only used a few times and collected dust in the basement. Comes with air pump, rear rack, and the from the pictures it looks pretty good. Of course I will have to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    The seller says that the bike was only used a few times and collected dust in the basement. Comes with air pump, rear rack, and the from the pictures it looks pretty good. Of course I will have to check it out.

    If it fits, grab it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    The seller says that the bike was only used a few times and collected dust in the basement. Comes with air pump, rear rack, and the from the pictures it looks pretty good. Of course I will have to check it out.
    Run over an get it before some flipper beats you to it.

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    If it was me, I'd already be over there.................. It will be gone for sure, by tomorrow morning..............

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    Got it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    If it was me, I'd already be over there.................. It will be gone for sure, by tomorrow morning..............

    I managed to get it! The seller's phone seemed to be ringing off the hook with people willing to drive an hour or so out. Well maintained but I took it the LBS to get a tune-up.

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
    I managed to get it! The seller's phone seemed to be ringing off the hook with people willing to drive an hour or so out. Well maintained but I took it the LBS to get a tune-up.

    Thank you!
    Congrats, Yashinon!

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