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Old 10-09-15, 01:09 PM
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Trek vs Cannondale

I'm looking to get back into riding again primarily for fitness. Riding the river trails sounds way more fun than going to a gym. Currently, I live in Central Arkansas, near Little Rock. There are plenty of paved bike trails and quite a few unpaved trails as well. My dilemma is trying to find a bike. It's come down to the Trek DS 8.2 or the Cannondale Quick CX-5. Both seem to be comparable in design and quality, and price. I have been able to find quite a few reviews on the DS 8.2 but not many on the CX-5. Does anybody have any insight they can share about either bike? I'm trying to keep my budget around $500-600 to allow me to buy accessories I'll need like a bike rack for my car.
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Old 10-09-15, 01:23 PM
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How about test rides instead of 2nd hand info?
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Old 10-09-15, 01:25 PM
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Both are excellent bikes. You really can't go wrong, unless you get a bike that is not comfortable for you. And as for choosing between the two - get the one that is more comfortable to ride.
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Taiwan is the Bike making country for the Globe. Both go too (though Trek's Pro Level Carbon stuff is USA made frames )

DS is a suspension Fork Hybrid .. Trek's FX is lighter since no suspension forks are in the Design.

Look up the brand's website , call the shops on the Phone ask what the bike is at the $600 price point.. then go test ride both.
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Old 10-09-15, 01:38 PM
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As for brand a vs. brand b discussions, as most of my LBS surprisingly put it, most bikes around the same price point from the popular brands (this incl. Cannondale & Trek) will be equipped similarly and could be considered relatively equal. Pick the price point and then one you like that fits you well.
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One of the local shops had the Cannondale CX-5 in stock. I took it around the block, and it felt nice. My local Trek dealer did not have the DS series in stock. Though she was trying to be helpful, she was steering me towards a Marlin 5 MTB. Though it was a nice feel, it wasn't quite what I was looking for. I want more road bike with option to hit the off road trails.
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@$600 the suspension fork in the bike build list wont be that great. good suspension forks are easily that much on their Own..
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Yep, a good mtb fork can be well north of $500, but that doesn't mean that a $550 DS or equivalent Cannondale can't be a practical, functional and fun bike to ride within the limits and intents of the design. Either will work well for some casual road, trail, and easy off-road riding. Another consideration is which dealer you like better, as you will likely be dealing with them in the future.
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Originally Posted by SpikedLemon View Post
As for brand a vs. brand b discussions, as most of my LBS surprisingly put it, most bikes around the same price point from the popular brands (this incl. Cannondale & Trek) will be equipped similarly and could be considered relatively equal. Pick the price point and then one you like that fits you well.
And in the case of Trek vs. Cannondale, probably made by the same manufacturer---Giant.
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Do yourself a favor and don't buy a bike with cheap CHEAP front suspension. Sure you'll like it at first but its heavy and robs power (from you). Both companies make great bikes. Whichever fits you the best is the bike you will ride.
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$500 will buy you a very nice hybrid bike. The Trek FX series is very popular here as are Specialized Sirrus and Giant Escape. You should read some of the threads in the Hybrids forum. These bikes aren't mountain bikes, but you'll be able to ride these on crushed gravel. I agree with the others on avoiding low end suspension bikes. They make sacrifices on the other parts in order to pay for the added price of a suspension fork.

I recommend you test ride one and see how it compares to the mountain bike.
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Originally Posted by pizzamann95 View Post
It's come down to the Trek DS 8.2 or the Cannondale Quick CX-5. Both seem to be comparable in design and quality, and price. I have been able to find quite a few reviews on the DS 8.2 but not many on the CX-5. Does anybody have any insight they can share about either bike?
Glancing at the specs on the Trek & Cannondale web sites, they're very similarly equipped. So much so that it's pretty much a toss-up if they're similar in price. My suggestion would be to base the choice not on the bike, but on the shop. Go with the dealer you think you'll get better service from.

Originally Posted by pizzamann95 View Post
One of the local shops had the Cannondale CX-5 in stock. I took it around the block, and it felt nice. My local Trek dealer did not have the DS series in stock. Though she was trying to be helpful, she was steering me towards a Marlin 5 MTB. Though it was a nice feel, it wasn't quite what I was looking for. I want more road bike with option to hit the off road trails.
A road bike that can go off road... Cyclocross bikes fit that niche really well. Cyclocross bikes are similar to road bikes, but with a few design differences to facilitate racing in dirt, mud, and other surfaces. For those of us non-racers, there have been a number of "gravel grinders" or cyclocross-like bike models introduced in the last few years. The Fuji Tread series is an example that's close to your price range.
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