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Old 11-08-09, 07:29 PM
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Help choosing new bike plsss!!!

Hi
Im new here, my name is Rafael and I live in Uruguay.
I want to buy a new bike for daily use; eg: go to a friends house, go to the supermarket; go for a ride on sundays afternoon, etc
The brands availble where I live are Trek, GT, Giant and Bianchi.
I preffer GT because they have better quality-price ratio than Trek.
Im looking for a comfortable and speedy bike.

The two I like the most are:
http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...5-G10NOM-Nomad

http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...ER3-Aerostream

The streets on my neighrborhood are mado of concrete, but they are old, so there are some little holes and small steps.
What do you think about the fork? is suspension better for what I need?
Is the Nomad much faster than the Aero?

Here are some shots from where I live.
http://www.fotos.org/galeria/data/53...Montevideo.jpg
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/p...um/5236057.jpg
http://www.casapueblo.cl/administrador/imagen/8/1.jpg

Thanks a lot

Rafa
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Old 11-08-09, 07:34 PM
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Welcome to BF.
Nice pics.
I like the Nomad if you have some hills to ride.
The gearing would be good for hills.
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Old 11-08-09, 07:35 PM
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Can't say anything about the bikes, but very nice pictures!!! Especially the one on the beach, nice bike riding along there, I imagine.
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Old 11-08-09, 10:47 PM
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I vote for the Nomad. It looks sportier and has wider gear range.....also the pictures of Montevideo are gorgeous
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Old 11-09-09, 01:47 AM
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I will vote for the cruiser style. Its different and you dont need suspension with those roads. Beside the cruiser comes with 47cm tires which will be almost as good at absorbing road harshness but lighter than suspension. It also has a rear rack thningy. However, you may want more gears if there are hills anywhere around that are very long or if you start going on very long rides. Though I suspect that if you start doing REALLY long rides either bike will be too cheap.
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Old 11-09-09, 04:49 AM
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Mmmm... there are no big hills, the highest hills I think are 20 or 30 m tall.
What do you think about reliability? The Cruiser seems to be ´maintenance free´.
Another thing I like about the cruiser is the belt, I hate to get dirty with the chain.
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Old 11-09-09, 06:37 AM
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Eak sorry dude, I didnt notice the belt drive, I just saw the nexus three speed and figured that it would be a chain. I dont know much about belts but a chain just is not that much trouble maintain. If the belt snaps or something then you cant just pick up a new one anywhere. I dont like bikes that use non-standard parts.

I really dont know the GT line very well but after looking through there sight I change my vote for this: Either the GT Traffic 3.0 or 4.0
http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...F3-Traffic-3.0

They both look like much better commuters than the other two your were looking at. No suspension, slimmer but comfortable tires with less rolling resistance, a spot for a rear rack (which are very cheap) and the 4.0 cost less than both the models you were looking at. The GT is almost identical except for a few bits to my first "real" bike, a Giant FCR3. That was a great bike, and still is I might add but it has been bumped down as my secondary steed once I got my LHT!

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-09-09, 07:31 AM
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Beautiful pictures!

Sorry to complicate matters, but I like the Traffic better than either, personally. I don't think you'd need the front suspension, though it is probably kind of nice on rougher roads.

Ride 'em and see, if possible. Good luck!
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Well, looks like the transeo is wining, I thinks its a good bike? maybe as good as traffic, what do you think?
Ill try to get transeo 3.0 disc, but maybe its not avaible, anyway the transero 4.0 looks nice too.

Here are the links:

http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...A4-Transeo-4.0

http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...anseo-3.0-Disc

Thanks!
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Sorry, I meant to also say that, of the two you mentioned, I prefer the transeo too. Both are nice looking bikes.
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I would avoid suspension in that price range. While a well dampened fork with lockout and preload/rebound adjust can be nice on rough surfaces, you are not getting any of that in this price range. I think you would find the Traffic less limiting in terms of efficiency and the distance you can comfortable cover, though it depends on the distances you think you may be riding, among other factors.

If you must have suspension, however, the Nomad would be a decent compromise.

Also, if you can i would step up in the model line for a better component range. The bikes you have listed are serviceable under light use, but if you are riding more than 15-20 miles a week in anything but nice weather, stuff will wear out prematurely. I say this based on direct experience having worked at a GT dealer.

Good luck.
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And the winner is...

http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Bi...A5-Transeo-5.0

It was the only model available of Transeo on size L. Pretty cheap $296. Nice bike, I installed a sigma 906 speedmeter.
Thanks for helping me choose
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