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Old 02-04-12, 10:36 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
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Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX

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Hey there RipCurl!

I tend not to recommend front suspension, unless the person really wants a mountain bike. Front suspension on bikes at that price point tend to be more trouble than not.

Of the bicycles that you've listed, I would go with the 7.2FX. However, before you make the final decision and purchase that bicycle, allow me to suggest that you at least test-ride the Jamis Coda Sport at your nearest Jamis dealership. It's clearly within your budget and its frame is made of chromoly steel. It will take up to 38mm wide tires, also you can outfit it with rack and fenders, at your leisure. The Jamis Coda Sport won the Bicycling magazine, editor's choice award for being the best hybrid bicycle of 2011. It won that award for a reason!

- Slim
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