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Old 05-14-12, 03:24 PM   #1
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Need good alrounder for mainly flat cycle and canal path riding - new rider

New boy needs advice! - Giant TCX 2 2011 any good. Any one use one of these bikes or offer advice? I have found one of these new for 550 and it seems a bargain. Am fresh back to riding after years but used to ride an old MTB. And fancy something lighter and quicker but still versatile. Was thinking of a hybrid around the 350 mark but liked the look of the cx in shop. Have not ridden any bikes yet...
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This might help: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...tcx-2-10-35521

It's a good basic bike. However, something like this is much better: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...36_-1___202339
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Thanks. But i don't think these are available in UK?
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I'd stick with the Giant. Esp. if you found it near you. If you can order the Nashbar one, You are likely to have shipping costs as well as possible assembly costs at your end. If there's an issue, you also have a local place to go to resolve it rather than having to rely on email and phone.

I know a few people riding Giants and enjoy them greatly. The aluminum Giant will be easier to maintain (don't have to worry about rust) and you can upgrade components a little at a time as you want to if you find the Sora lacking. You can slowly grow into the bike, upgrade components and after a while end up with a great light machine.

Good luck with your decision
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Thanks very much for the advice. Very excited about the prospect of new 'wheels'. Cheers. Steve.
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