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    2015 Cannondale Quick 4 vs Trek FX 7.3 vs Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc

    Hello all, I've been looking at the Hybrid models, doing some research online and some test rides.

    I've seen alot of posts about the after dealer service, so in our town these are the brands I have access too and good dealer support on. Our area has miles of paved trails (or at a minimum crushed limestone), so I'm using this mostly for additional exercise and some good rides.

    At this point I have it narrowed down to the Cannondale Quick 4, Trek FX 7.3 and Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc all of the 2015 model variety. I am looking to stay with about the $700 or less range for what I'm looking for in the Hybrid community. I was looking for some feedback from the community on these bikes and the components on them and if that gives one an edge. I thought the Trek was very smooth shifting wise, although the seat was not as nice as the Cannondale IMO. The Specialized felt really good as well and the braking was different with the Disc. I know the disc adds extra dollars, but wasn't sure if in the long run the Alivio compoents on the real derailleur on the other two I might be happier long run wise. The other concern I had is I know they make all levels of items are the disc break on the Specialized a good value? The Cannondale I test road was actually the Quick 5, they have a 4 coming in to build. I didn't think the shifting was quite as good on the Quick 5 as the Specialized and Trek, but the Quick 4 steps up to the Alivio Rear derailleur so I have some high hopes for it. From what I can tell it looks like the Trek and Specialized have some flavor of puncture resistant tires, which I thought may be some value add. I also liked the Trek has internal cabling, which looked a little cleaner, but not sure if this really is + feature vs the others.

    I read through this article that put many things in perspective about what to look for, disc brakes ,etc. The Best Hybrid Bike | The Sweethome . The interesting item was that the 2014 Trek FX 7.2 seems like it turned into the 2015 Trek Fx 7.3.

    The Trek is the cheapest at $659, Specialized is right at $700, and the Cannondale Quick 4 is around $740, but they said they could get me close to the $700 number.

    I listed the specs below from my reading my understanding is the Atlus --> Acera --> Alivio is the hierarchy on the Shimano components. From a shifter standpoint is one better than the other in the hierarchy world?

    Trek 7.3
    Shifters - Shimano EF65, 9 speed
    Front derailleur - Shimano Acera
    Rear derailleur - Shimano Alivio
    Crank - Shimano Acera M371, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
    Cassette - Shimano HG20 11-32, 9 speed

    Cannondale Quick 4
    Shifters - Shimano M310 Rapidfire Plus
    Front Derailleur - Shimano Altus
    Rear Derailleur -Shimano Alivio
    Crank -Shimano M311, 48/38/28


    Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc
    FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Acera, top swing, dual-pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR -Shimano Acera, 9-speed
    SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano Acera Rapidfire Plus, 2x9, w/ optical display
    CASSETTE - Shimano, 9-speed, 11-32
    CRANKSET -Forged alloy, 9-speed, square spindle, w/ chainguard

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    I know it is a bit more than your budget, but have you looked at the Specialized Sirrus Elite?

    You get the new and much sexier looking frame, the frame is also the higher quality E5 premium aluminium, so the bike will be lighter, carbon fork, Alivio rear deraileur and instead of some no name crank on the Sport Disc, you get a Shimano Acera crank with the Sirrus Elite.

    It does lose the disc brakes though.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    I have ridden a lot of bikes, and Specialized seems to fit me best. I don't know the reason - they just feel better. Could be size, geometry, material, or placement of everything. I just don't know!

    Therefore, I am a Specialized guy, with a valid reason.

    You HAVE TO ride as many as you can, and then decide which one is best for you. One should really leap out at you as the best ride for you. Other manufacturers make good bikes, and I recommend them all. You have to find the one that is yours. Good luck!

    I really like the looks of some bikes other than Specialized, but ain't trading my Crosstrail Sport or Sirrus Comp for any of them.

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    Someone gave me a piece of advice once and I think it holds true:

    When spending under $1000 on a new bike, always buy the Specialized over the Trek.

    Logic is Specialized makes a better bike in that price range than Trek does. Over $1000, it starts to level out. This is coming from a guy who has owned one Specialized hybrid and two Trek hybrids including the FX 7.2. I know nussin about the Cannondale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    Logic is Specialized makes a better bike in that price range than Trek does. Over $1000, it starts to level out. This is coming from a guy who has owned one Specialized hybrid and two Trek hybrids including the FX 7.2. I know nussin about the Cannondale.
    Specialized has nicer frames but they compensate for it by skimping on the drivetrain. It is a give and take situation, you are not getting something for nothing.

    The Specialized Elite is an 800$ bike, but has the same drivetrain as the 650$ Trek 7.3. I was not impressed with the clunky feeling Acera RD on the Sport Disc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    I know it is a bit more than your budget, but have you looked at the Specialized Sirrus Elite?

    You get the new and much sexier looking frame, the frame is also the higher quality E5 premium aluminium, so the bike will be lighter, carbon fork, Alivio rear deraileur and instead of some no name crank on the Sport Disc, you get a Shimano Acera crank with the Sirrus Elite.

    It does lose the disc brakes though.

    The Sirrus Elite was right next to the Sirrus Sport disc, I know because the orange color caught my eye (really looked sharp although I didnt think I would like an orange bike). I didn't ride it just because it was over the price range I was looking in, but I didn't think I was giving up a frame difference there just the fork and the derailuer. The specialized store was great and said you can continue to come back and try these bikes out until you decide so maybe I can work the Elite in just to see the real difference between the too. MSRP at $810 will they come down on a 2015 at this point in the year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deigo View Post
    The Sirrus Elite was right next to the Sirrus Sport disc, I know because the orange color caught my eye (really looked sharp although I didnt think I would like an orange bike). I didn't ride it just because it was over the price range I was looking in, but I didn't think I was giving up a frame difference there just the fork and the derailuer. The specialized store was great and said you can continue to come back and try these bikes out until you decide so maybe I can work the Elite in just to see the real difference between the too. MSRP at $810 will they come down on a 2015 at this point in the year?
    I'm not sure how American bike stores operate in respect of pricing.

    The Sirrus Elite may also have better rims too, besides the list of other things I mentioned.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    I have a 2010 Quick 1 and a 2008 Sirrus Pro (that is going to son in VA in 2 weeks). Both are great flat bar road bikes. That being said, I just ordered a 2015 Giant FastRoad CoMax1 to replace the Sirrus Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikejrff View Post
    I have a 2010 Quick 1 and a 2008 Sirrus Pro (that is going to son in VA in 2 weeks). Both are great flat bar road bikes. That being said, I just ordered a 2015 Giant FastRoad CoMax1 to replace the Sirrus Pro.

    FastRoad CoMax 1 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States
    That should be a great ride, I have the aluminum version and its feels terrific. Really handles and feels as nimble as anything I have ever rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    I'm not sure how American bike stores operate in respect of pricing.

    The Sirrus Elite may also have better rims too, besides the list of other things I mentioned.


    No knowing much about the components are the disc brakes on the Sirrus Sport Disc of a good quality or are the brakes in the disc category pretty much created equal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deigo View Post
    No knowing much about the components are the disc brakes on the Sirrus Sport Disc of a good quality or are the brakes in the disc category pretty much created equal?
    I've heard the pads are rubbish but you can replace those. They seem reliable, you should read up on how to bleed and maintain hydraulic disc brakes to know what's involved. It's not hard though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deigo View Post
    No knowing much about the components are the disc brakes on the Sirrus Sport Disc of a good quality or are the brakes in the disc category pretty much created equal?
    I'm inclined to think the brakes should be good, perhaps later on you should change from the standard pads as Grey suggested.

    Just going back to the Sirrus Elite, I also notice it comes with a better grade of tyre than the Sirrus Sport Disc.

    Unless you were very keen on Disc brakes, I really think one gets much better value for money with the Sirrus Elite, and definitely worth the extra $100.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    To get the Elite disc, would be 300 more! I think the Sport Disc is well appointed for the money - nice bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    To get the Elite disc, would be 300 more! I think the Sport Disc is well appointed for the money - nice bike.
    Just in case you thought I was referring to the Elite Disc, I was actually referring to the Elite (Non-Disc) which is only $100 more.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Toss 'em out of an airplane and they will all fall at the same speed .

    Apparently, Merida builds for Specialized, Giant builds for Trek ,

    Another contract build was sorted out for Cannondale , to also move production to Taiwan.

    Just go test ride them in Shops . form your own Opinion..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 12-18-14 at 02:46 PM.

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    So Giant builds for Trek? Really - so some bikes are ghost built huh?

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    Hey guys,

    Ive been doing a bunch of test rides lately with this same question!
    to be honest I thought the FX 7.3 was a little bumpy/ridgid and the brakes and gears were not really as responsive as I would have liked. The cannondale quick 4 looked great, but I got a general feeling of "cheapness" from some of the components. In the end I've decideed to go with specialized, and actually upgrade a bit more to their Sirrus elite or Sirrus comp line. You do get excellent value for money at the$500-$600 range, but given how much I plan to use my bike, I'm biting the bullet and opting to move up to a $900-$1200 range instead.

    Some more comments and details from the test rides I did a couple weeks ago here:
    Mike Jutan's World: Bike Tests: Trek FX 7.3 vs. Cannondale Quick 4

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    Having owned a 2014 Quick 4 for a while, I can say that I love it. I don't know about it vs. the Specialized, that's a personal preference thing, but from what I've heard and felt riding Treks I'd say the Quick is a much better bike for the price.

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