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Old 04-05-14, 04:40 AM   #1
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Finally found some good all-purpose bikes

Recently, I tried to find some real bikes sales, and I came across some very good bicycles. Question is how good they are for the price, also I ask how good are the specs because I'm a complete noob. I read reviews and they seem fine. Do you think they are good for commuting/touring?

Kona Dew or Dew plus ( I really need info about this!)

Kona Jake (sale price 1300 usd,fits my size) cyclocross bike

Trek Crossrip (sale price 1070 usd, fits my size) cyclocross

Specialized kerékpár alkatrészek trekking bike

I can try all of these bikes in the shops
You should know in hungary, the most popular bikes are trekking and cross trekking bikes, Kona is very rare, Surly is impossible to find as well as Bianchi.
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Old 04-05-14, 06:43 AM   #2
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martonkaa, The Kona Dew seems to have a reasonable choice of equipment to become a touring bike, as well as being versatile enough for many other cycling activities. The Specialized you linked to has features that maybe desirable to you.

We all have our personal preferences which can generate a negative opinion towards anybody else's touring bicycle choice, but you need to find something in your price range that can, in your own opinion, meet or exceed what you want for a bicycle. About three years ago I shopped around for my first touring bike and I picked out a few guidelines that seemed important:

-A gear inch range of approximately 20-100.
-Suitability corresponding to how much weight is planned to be carried. There is some overlap in designs, for example between a CX bike and a loaded touring bike.
-And last, but most important, a good fitting frame size.

In general a trekking style touring bike is more popular in Europe than in N. America, but is slowly becoming a more common sight here.

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Old 04-05-14, 10:53 AM   #3
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I can try all of these bikes in the shops
Good, go do that .. Know you can change parts that are fitted in the bike, if you want something else..

like lower gear ratios for hills ..
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