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    Help on New Bike Selection

    Hello Everyone

    I知 looking for opinions on 3 bikes I知 considering purchasing:

    Jamis Renegade Exile: I rode this one recently and I like it plus the dealer is close
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    Specialized Diverge Subcompact: I plan to ride this one soon
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    GT Grade Claris: I can not find a dealer who has one in stock to ride so I may not be able to test ride it.
    Grade Alloy Claris - Enduroad - Pavement - Bikes

    If you have any other opinions on gravel/cyclocross bikes around the $850 price point please leave your thoughts/comments. I知 looking for the best overall bike for ride quality and comfort.

    Thank You


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    I like GT bikes a lot but that Specialized looks better to me. All the bikes you listed look pretty similar component-wise. Maybe guarantee or price break will be the deciding factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pressed001 View Post
    I like GT bikes a lot but that Specialized looks better to me. All the bikes you listed look pretty similar component-wise. Maybe guarantee or price break will be the deciding factor?
    Thanks! I have a GT now and it's a great bike and I can get a really good deal online on a new GT but I'm leaning slightly towards the Specialized and supporting one of the local bike shops.

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    Specialized will have generally higher resale value if you end up loving it and wanting to upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert2016 View Post

    Specialized Diverge Subcompact: I plan to ride this one soon
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    Rupert
    Do that first before making a final decision.

    I test rode at least 10 bikes before choosing my latest bike.
    "Because of that incident, I began cycling; like a starving man filling his empty stomach." - Arakita

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    I considered variations of those three bikes when I was in search of a new steed a few months back. One thing I found during my search is that there is a lot of love out there for the Diverge E5 Smartweld, but not for its A1 little brother. I didn't end up riding one, but from what I've read, they are worlds apart in ride quality, though I do like the sub-compact crank on the A1 you linked. Not sure precisely what you have planned for this bike, but I am a big fan of a sub-compact crank for gravel/backroads bikes. It seems like a nice sweet spot between a 50/34 road compact and a 46/36 CX crank, but it seems like there aren't terribly many out there on stock bikes. Unlike the Diverge, the Grade has the same frame whether you spec it with Tiagra or Claris. I really like the Jamis philosophy of preserving a consistent range of stack and reach across their range of sizes, but if you're not a small or tall rider, that philosophy might not mean beans to you. Overall they are three nice bikes with slightly different strengths...you'll have to decide what's most valuable to you. Or maybe you'll test ride one and it will sing for you more loudly than the others.


    You might also consider a Haanjo Tero...MSRP $900 but they're out there for $700 or less:
    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes-road-alternative-road-haanjo-tero[/URL]


    Happy hunting!

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    Look carefully at tire clearance on the diverge...35 may be it's limit...I think the Jamis goes to 40.

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    I'm a big fan of both GT and Specialized and have been considering both the Grade and Diverge. I've found you get more for your money for the GT Grade at any trim and equipment level, and having owned several GTs in the past I'm really leaning toward the Grade due to the ride quality. I'm riding a Specialized right now, and have owned several, so I don't really feel you can go wrong on that front either.

    Honestly, I'm not at a level where differences in equipment levels will make much difference in my day-to-day riding, so that does take some of that out of the equation. I do like the looks of the Diverge Elite DSW in orange so that might sway me a bit. GTs color combinations are underwhelming.

    You really can't go wrong with either. I can't speak to the Jamis as I've no experience with their bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelCambria View Post
    I considered variations of those three bikes when I was in search of a new steed a few months back. One thing I found during my search is that there is a lot of love out there for the Diverge E5 Smartweld, but not for its A1 little brother. I didn't end up riding one, but from what I've read, they are worlds apart in ride quality, though I do like the sub-compact crank on the A1 you linked. Not sure precisely what you have planned for this bike, but I am a big fan of a sub-compact crank for gravel/backroads bikes. It seems like a nice sweet spot between a 50/34 road compact and a 46/36 CX crank, but it seems like there aren't terribly many out there on stock bikes. Unlike the Diverge, the Grade has the same frame whether you spec it with Tiagra or Claris. I really like the Jamis philosophy of preserving a consistent range of stack and reach across their range of sizes, but if you're not a small or tall rider, that philosophy might not mean beans to you. Overall they are three nice bikes with slightly different strengths...you'll have to decide what's most valuable to you. Or maybe you'll test ride one and it will sing for you more loudly than the others.


    You might also consider a Haanjo Tero...MSRP $900 but they're out there for $700 or less:
    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes-road-alternative-road-haanjo-tero[/URL]


    Happy hunting!

    Thanks for your insight and suggestion of the Haanjo Tero-it seems right inline with the other entry level bikes Im considering and I can get a great deal on one and save a few hundred dollars that I could use toward some enhancements to the bike. Unfortunately I would have to buy it online and would not be able to test ride it- which I've done before and had great success buying my GT. I do mostly pavement riding but I've been venturing more off the beaten path to some light trails. Im a short rider so proper sizing is important and Jamis did seem to cater to that when I made the visit. Do you have any personal insight on the Haanjo Tero? I've read nothing but good things overall.

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    I was VERY interested in the Jamis Renegade Exile. Really liked the set up of the Renegade but was not willing to pay $4K. the Exile has a very nice set up still to get to a nice price point. I ended up going with a Jamis cyclecross bike because it had an even nicer price point (one year old model).

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    I haven't run across any negative feedback on the Tero so far. If comfort is your concern, you could always put the extra money saved toward a high-dampening seatpost and some bar padding or cushioned tape.

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