Fuji Traverse 1.6 Performance exclusive - opinions and other options please?
Hi all! New member, and very new to the whole bike idea... Although in the back of my mind I knew they made expensive bikes, I didn't know until recently how bad the department store bikes were. So I'm making my first excursion into the world of "real" bikes
I've pretty much decided I want a hybrid, but tell me if you think something would better fit my planned riding. My wife and I are getting it to help us get some exercise. We're both early to mid 20s, in halfway decent shape. I'm not skinny, but I'm not terribly fat either. We plan to ride in the neighborhood and local parks mostly - concrete, asphalt, gravel. However, we also like going camping and are interested in being able to take them with us for light trail riding. That's where I figured hybrids would work best for us. We're buying mine first, and then hers a little later since she already has a "bicycle shaped object" that will work for around the local neighborhood.
I visited the local bike shop here in town and got some great info from them. They carry trek and Scott - I'm sure other brands but at the time I wasn't paying much attention. really seemed like good people, and they answered all my questions. I wouldn't mind supporting them by buying from them. However, price for me is an issue. I've read that Trek is more a name brand then actual performance vs other brands. I really like the looks of the 8.3 and 8.4 DS from them, but I was really looking to spend a good bit less (~$500). So, I've found this Fuji Traverse 1.6 at performance bikes and I like what I read. The only problem is there isn't much to read as far as reviews go or anything.
If some of you knowledgeable people would kindly help point me in the right direction or give me some other ideas to consider I would appreciate it.
Fuji makes great bikes, hybrids included, and are a great value. You indicate that Trek is more of a brand name than a performance line, but I would disagree. They make great bikes at all different levels. What I have seen though is they typically run a little higher than Fuji and Giant for bikes with similar componentry at the different package levels.
While I ride an Absolute 2.1 (purchased from Performance Bicycles), I did look at the Traverse line as well. I knew that nearly all my riding would be on pavement, so I went with the Absolute. It does appear that the Traverse 1.6 has a lockout on the suspension fork, so that definitely helps on longer rides on pavement.
I will also say that while Performance Bicycles is essentially a "big box store" for bicycles and accessories, their service is really good, their rewards program is nice, and the online store is good in that you can ship ordered items for free to the local store rather than paying shipping to your home. I've put about 150 miles on my Absolute since picking it up about 2.5 weeks ago and have already taken advantage of their lifetime free adjustments.
I believe that you can't really go wrong with either Fuji or Performance Bikes, but that's JMHO. Of course, fit supercedes all, and it may be that the Fuji doesn't really fit you or feel right to you. Ride a bunch of different bikes, and work with the staff to find what may be right for you.
Last edited by camjr; 06-17-14 at 06:40 AM.
Giant recently knocked the price down on the Escape series bikes... Escape 3 starts at 330 and Escape 2 and 440 in most shops that carry the brands. I picked up an Escape 3, and so far Im happy with it. (The also lowered the price on several other entry level series)
The Escape is similar to Fuji's Absolute - a little more road oriented. Since the OP indicated he's looking at the Fuji Traverse, the Giant Roam is a closer comparison to the Traverse or Trek DS mentioned in the original post. I agree though - I looked at the Escape before going with the Absolute, and the Absolute just fit me a little better. The Escape is a great bike at a great price point.
Originally Posted by Vexxer
I believe the Roam series was reduced as well.
How about the Scott Sub 40? I love mine.