The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Originally Posted by RonH
IMHO it's a better bike. I see more Specialized bikes at the shop for tune-ups than Giant. Many of the Giants need more than a little tlc.
This doesn't make sense... You see more Specialized bikes at the shop than Giants, and your assumption based on that is that Giants need more TLC... I am sure you are intending a logical statement, so what part of the equation am I missing?
Back to the original poster, welcome to the forums!
For my two cents, any major manufacturer will have similar maintenance issues... Even if the above is true in a single observer's case, it could be because of a statistical blip. I think that either of the bikes suggested to you would meet your needs very well, and would echo advice I have heard on the forums many times... Buy based on which shop you liked best.
Frankly, the difference between the bikes (especially at this level) are so minimal that unless you feel a significant difference on a test ride, there is
no significant difference.,, and if you feel a difference (feel too hunched over, feel too upright, legs feel too cramped...), let the shop know what doesn't feel right, because they may be able to make an adjustment for you, or discover that you really should be on a different bike.
You will probably be happy with either bike mechanically, so the question becomes which bike would you be happiest riding, or which business you would most like to support.
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