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  1. I shouldn't think so. That impression is given...

    I shouldn't think so. That impression is given mainly by the f/r racks (included). Unloaded road/gravel/dirt riding; commuting; light to mid-weight touring -- lots of possibilities.

    I agree with...
  2. Agreed on every count, including the graphics!

    Agreed on every count, including the graphics!
  3. ... and a good thing, too.

    ... and a good thing, too.
  4. Agreed. Double/triple butted aluminum (very...

    Agreed. Double/triple butted aluminum (very light/very strong) w/carbon fork; very good double-butted chromoly/chromoly fork. The latter will inevitably be considerably heavier given equivalent build...
  5. Yes, yes ... we know. 'Copied' or not...

    Yes, yes ... we know.
    'Copied' or not (doubtful), the question simply is 'how well executed is the design'. Looks promising to me ... and one hell of a lot lighter than a Muirwoods (which is an...
  6. Got to agree, ColonelS -- smart, smart-looking...

    Got to agree, ColonelS -- smart, smart-looking bike, and a really sensible design concept.

    Essentially, a lightish-duty (and light) rigid 29er set up for on/lightish off-road riding, with full-on...
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    Dick breaks are no laughing matter.

    Dick breaks are no laughing matter.
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    +1, and even more important (as I've said...

    +1, and even more important (as I've said earlier) is the ability to test ride and get properly sized/fitted to your bike. No false 'saving' buying online can make up for mistakes in that department.
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    No, it is not; the Sirrus Elite is a very fine...

    No, it is not; the Sirrus Elite is a very fine bike -- excellent frame/fork.
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    Ah, now that makes sense, and is certainly a more...

    Ah, now that makes sense, and is certainly a more refined definition of what is a very real problem -- one that poses a clear and present danger.

    Do you think it is still ok to suggest that the...
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    It did? I am sorry.

    It did? I am sorry.
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    Smart decision! You really can't go wrong with...

    Smart decision! You really can't go wrong with either brand; Giant Escape, or Trek FX series ... either would be a good choice. If you end up liking both bikes equally, decide based on which shop you...
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    OP, you say in your original post you are a...

    OP, you say in your original post you are a "beginner". To me, that suggests at least two things: you are not all that familiar (if at all) with sizing (fitting) yourself onto a bike based on numbers...
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    Correct on the components, but ... Trek v. Giant?...

    Correct on the components, but ... Trek v. Giant? Really?

    As it happens, the Trek the OP refers to was/is in fact almost certainly manufactured (frame and fork) for "Trek" by Giant.
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    This is a good day on the 41; two (count 'em,...

    This is a good day on the 41; two (count 'em, two) new 'dick breaks' threads in one day.

    C'mon ... someone ... start a third?

    Back on topic: hydraulic fluid will definitely turn to gas and...
  16. +1 I'm not particularly self-conscious about...

    +1
    I'm not particularly self-conscious about cycling shorts; wear 'em most of the time. That said, it's dead simple: buy some good cycling shorts, and wear a pair of well-designed technical fabric...
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    Depends what you have on your bike. I've no clue...

    Depends what you have on your bike. I've no clue when it comes to threaded headsets, but I do know about threadless. What you want: a correctly-specc'd headset that uses proper sealed cartridge...
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    One always like a little validation, giantcfr1....

    One always like a little validation, giantcfr1.
    Cheers!
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    Thanks ColonelS. My thinking was in fact...

    Thanks ColonelS.

    My thinking was in fact pretty straightforward.

    1. I had been looking for a 'flat bar road bike' frame/fork that I really liked for a couple of years before, and finally found...
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    No bling here, don't know about "hot", but ... I...

    No bling here, don't know about "hot", but ... I chose the bits, it's mine/it's paid for, so can I play in this thread?

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    Frame, fork, seatpost (still to be replaced), stem and bars: 2010...
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    Hi Trainchaser, Yes and no! Suntour is a huge...

    Hi Trainchaser,

    Yes and no! Suntour is a huge company; they are particularly big players in Europe, not so much here. Anyway ... the NCX is a chassis designation for one of their several trekking...
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    Advantages: 1. Lower weight; 2. More (and...

    Advantages:
    1. Lower weight;
    2. More (and typically more accurately) adjustable for load (i.e. rider weight).

    Disadvantage:
    Relies on really good seals; can take a little more maintenance.
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    Good to know. If that is true, the blurb re. the...

    Good to know. If that is true, the blurb re. the '16 on the U.S. Specialized site is a bit misleading. "Air sprung" usually means (certainly in mtb circles) just that: an air rather than coil spring....
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    Now, this is interesting. This 63 yr/old has been...

    Now, this is interesting. This 63 yr/old has been mulling over this bike (Crosstrail Expert or Comp) for a while now. I've been able to do some decent test rides, and really like the...
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    Cheers, giantcfr1 -- as is your Cannondale (as...

    Cheers, giantcfr1 -- as is your Cannondale (as you know -- I've said so on couple of occasions!).
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