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    Trek 8.3/8.4 DS vs Cube Curve Pro

    Morning all, hope you can help...!

    I'm looking at a mixture of trails and road riding, 'do anything' bike for the weekend that won't break the bank and have settled on a Cross Sport hybrid. I have nailed my selection to 2 (maybe 3) bikes. My last bike - for commuting on surface only in super smooth Copenhagen - was a Cube Hyde Comp 2011. I loved that bike for it's super slick gear change and the fact it was pretty quick for a hybrid. It seems that had Alivio shifters and rear mech, FD M310 front mech. I want something that is going to be as smooth through the gears as a minimum.

    Trek 8.3 DS

    Love the price (475) but concerned Acera throughout won't be as nice as the Hyde was...

    Trek 8.4 DS

    125 more but more like it, with Deore on the back and Alivio shifters / front mech...worth the extra?

    Cube Curve Pro

    Cube seems to be better specced at the same price point? SLX on the back, Deore up front (though only Acera shifters which is odd).

    Anyone with experience of any of these, particularly the Cube vs Trek effect to help me decide? Trek stockist is close by though this one is order only, Cube stockists hard to find so probably mail order, hence my questions.... help on frame size would be good too, I am 5'11" and I tried a Norco 20" and found that two big, so thinking 19" on the Trek and 54cm on the Cube? Thanks in advance!

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    Have I committed a faux pas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikedav View Post
    Have I committed a faux pas?
    Patience is a virtue.

    Those Cube bikes are certainly lookers.

    I think you should rule the 8.3 out straight away as you are almost certainly right that it won't compare well to your Hyde.

    Whilst it won't break the bank to gain equivalency here, the Cube comes standard with 44mm wide tyres and the Trek's 38mm, so that might influence you a tad as well.

    Knowing that the Cube is a quality bike, I don't think I could go past the higher specs on the Cube unless it was substantially more expensive.

    Another thing to note is that there appears to be a difference in the length of the handlebars, with the Cube's being 660mm and whilst Trek doesn't state the length of their handlebars on the 8.4DS, I believe it is about 600mm.

    Also, I don't know whether you meant to do this or not, but with the Trek's, you linked to the 2014 models, not the 2015 models, so I am not sure if you have seen the 2015 models.

    Your sizing estimates seem pretty good to me.

    I'd test ride the 2015 Trek 8.4DS and see if it blows you away, else go with the Cube.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Many thanks for this, great detail. Wasn't sure if 'what should I buy' from newbs was a no no

    The Cube is exactly the same price as the Trek, so the higher spec components are swaying me, especially as I have had a Cube before and was very happy with it. Guess I fancied a change but I do like getting more for my money. EDIT / UPDATE: Found the 2015 on this link, seems they downgraded it? Alivio on the back now instead of Deore, Acera on the front instead of Alivio...? Hmmm. Wouldn't mind picking up a 2014 at discount then....otherwise got to be Cube for that money I think.

    I have found an LBS not too far away that appears to stock both Cube and Trek, will check them out...
    Last edited by Mikedav; 07-22-14 at 10:50 AM.

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