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Old 01-24-07, 02:41 PM   #1
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Hybrid advice

Hi,

I'm new to the forum and don't know a whole lot about bikes to be honest. I haven't cycled in a few years but want to get back into it, so I'm in the market for a new cycle. I've visited various local bike shops and they have all recommended a hybrid bike for my needs but are pushing me towards different brands. The models I have been shown are:

Dawes Discovery 301
Frame: Dawes aluminium discovery frameset
Forks: Cro-Mo rigid
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur: Shimano
Shifters: Shimano Rapid fire 24 speed gears
Chainset: Truvativ
Chain: Shimano
Freewheel: Shimano
Stem: Alloy
Handlebars: Alloy
Wheels: 700c, hard wearing double wall rims, stainless steel spokes
Front Brake: Tektro V
Rear Brake: Tektro V
Brake Levers: Alloy
Tyres: Continental
Saddle: Dawes Comfort
Seatpost: Suspension
Weight: 13.4 kg

GIANT CRS 3.0

RAME ALUXX aluminium
FORK CroMo, rigid
HANDLEBAR Aluminium
STEM Adjustable, a-head
SEAT POST Aluminium
SADDLE GIANT
PEDALS Resin, anti slip
SHIFTERS Shimano EZ Fire 24 speed
FRONT MECH Shimano C50
REAR MECH Shimano Acera
BRAKES Tektro linear pull
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano
CASSETTE SRAM PG830 11-28
CHAIN Shimano IG51
CRANKS Shimano TX71 28/38/48
BOTTOM BRACKET Cartridge
RIMS LM aluminium
HUBS Formula
SPOKES Steel
TYRES Kenda 700x35mm, puncture resistant
WEIGHT 12kg

Claud Butler Urban 300
FRAME: Alloy 6061 series
FORK: SR suntour NEX-4000, 700c suspension
WHEELS: Tioga 700c double wall rims, quick release, Gritty Slicker/Gripper tyres.
GEARS: Shimano Alivio 24 speed with STI
STEERING: a-head headset, adjustable stem and Tioga alloy riser handlebars
CHAINSET: Shimano FC-M341, triple 22/32/42T
BRAKES: Alloy 'V' style black
SADDLE: Tioga Sport-XC plush, hi density foam with a recessed centre channel

I would appreciate if any forum members could help me in my selection or maybe recommend and alternative bike.

Thanks
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Old 02-27-07, 09:25 AM   #2
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HI Rothar,

I think all these bikes sound good for starting up riding after some time out. Hybrids will give you
a good blend of comfort and efficiency and will also be able to handle a variety of riding types-
commuting, touring, sustrans riding, sprinting around town etc.

You could try out models offered by Trek or Marin to broaden your choice!

Let me know how your search/ purchase goes!

Hoppy.
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