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Old 05-15-16, 10:53 AM
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Go for it. What you get at that price level is a lot of plastic and steel components, a freewheel not a free hub, and a suspension fork with no damping, none of which are really terrible until you start finding their limits. The fork in particular gets no love around here, heavy and bouncy, but they do take bumps and don't break.
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so you want a hardtail mtb?
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Also worth noting that $550 will get you more bike at Performance or Bikes Direct... But it won't be a Trek.
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Old 05-15-16, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MRT2
For this type of riding, a dual sport hybrid would probably work well for you. However, if you change your mind and want to go further or faster, a cyclocross or gravel grinder type bike might be better.

Your friend isn't necessarily steering you wrong. Plenty of folks start out with a hybrid and find themselves shopping for something better in a year or two. Of course, the opposite is true. Plenty of folks buying road bikes or dual suspension mountain bikes and finding them mostly sitting in a garage.

You need to know yourself. Are you the sort of person who dips a toe in, then catches the bug and dives in, or do you really just want to ride on a MUP maybe a couple of times a month?
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I thought my hybrid was all I would ever want. But in the words of Ron White... "I was wrong, mister."

If the OP is absolutely, positively sure he will never feel the need for anything more, then the hybrid is the way to go based on what he says his needs are. But, if not...
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Wheels both 622-34 ish *.. main difference is the Handlebars and shifters to go with that handle bar choice

Fitness Bike like Trek's FX line is lighter, because it was designed around Not having a Suspension fork..

so a lot of similarities to a Modest priced Cyclo-Cross, drop bar Bike ..

* You can always change tires to narrower , which are Higher PSI ..

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Old 05-16-16, 10:38 AM
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The Giant Toughroad or Kona Big Rove might be worth a look. Sort of an urban/adventure style. I don't think any of the other major brands offer anything quite like this. I believe they are around $850 at current 2016 prices.

I chose a Kona Big Rove ST (steel frame) and have been very pleased with it. It's a great urban bike that can tackle light off-road trails/paths with ease - which exactly sums up the type of riding I do. It's a great all-rounder in my opinion. The 2 inch Schwalbe Big Apple tires are decently fast on asphalt and good enough on dirt for how I use it. Hydraulic disc brakes are a revelation.
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Does your bike shop do rentals? Then you might consider renting a bike for a weekend. That way you'll get a much more thorough impression of the bike.
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Old 05-16-16, 05:08 PM
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Your first post pretty much summed it up.

Hybrid
- Cheaper
- Slower / heavier
- Easier to find the right fit on

Cyclocross
- More expensive
- Faster (can be just as fast as a road bike if you change the tires)
- Can be more difficult to find a good fit on

MSRP on the entry level hybrid bike from Trek is $380:
7.0 FX | Trek Bikes

The advantage of the hybrid is that it's cheaper and easier to get a good fit on, the advantage of the cyclocross bike is that you could switch tires and have a bike equivalent to your friends road bike for speed and ride with him.

I have personally been able to borrow a bike over the weekend from a bike shop, they're likely to let you do it and let you try both if you're committed to buying one or the other.
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The problem with the term “hybrid” is that it has lost a lot of it’s meaning, and means different things to different people, and the advice you are getting in some ways reflects that.

20 years ago, it you wanted a “real” bike you mostly had aggressive drop bar road bikes or MTBs. “Hybrid” refered to cheap heavy bikes loosely bassd on mtb frames with craptacularly useless suspension forks, big cushy seats, and bolt-upright riding position. These were (and still are) fine for folks who seldom ride, or who go short distances in no hurry. They are commonly featured in AARP and Geritol commercials (definition paraphrases a description I have stolen from another BF member).

This is the sort of bike that most people who persue cyling with even the slightest ambition ditch in favor of something better.

So if that is what you mean by “hybrid”, I would skip it.

If, on the other hand you are talking about a flat-bar road bike with wider tires (such as the Trek FX, Jamis Coda, Specialized Sirrus like MRT2 mentioned) then I think that sounds right up your alley.

I have nothing against CX bikes, but while the all-round capabilty sounds like what you are looking for (which is about the same as the bikes mentioned above), the riding position may not be.

If you are interested in going with drops but still want a less aggressive riding possition, there are a lot of great “gravel” or “allroad” bikes that are basically road bikes that take bigger tires and are less aggressive in the riding position.
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this thread is old. the OP made 3 posts and hasn't been back. (not under that name anyways)

the gravel/cyclocross is a neat category for a purpose.

However I think a rigid fork, wide tire flat bar fitness bike is the ticket for most of the casual riders. once a week type riders. Trek FX, Jamis Coda, Specialized Sirrus etc... if roads are rough, then maybe a Giant Toughroad flatbar.

If people are on a budget I think the older 90's hybrids are sweet bikes! Trek 720, 730, 750 . Schwinn Crosscut, crisscross
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top of the line Trek FX is carbon fiber too .. if slower its more due to rider sitting up more comfortably so air resistance a bit more.

now as a rule a cheaper of either have a lot of similarities ..... until you get up in the racing levels of pro caliber cyclo cross bikes...

mid priced cross gets a lot of commuting done , and you can tour on them, or a hybrid.. race level wont take any racks,

and in an hour long race you take the water-bottle cage off..





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Old 04-21-18, 08:24 PM
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These questions are getting harder to answer a hybrid could be a cyclocross bike , a cyclocross bike could be a gravel bike , there are cross bikes with road geometry and ones with relaxed hybrid geometry .there are hybrids with road bike shape but mountain bike parts ,you could get a cx bike put flat bars and an adjustable rising stem you could get a full suspension mtb and put drop bars on it . really there is no way to know what you need without xp . then you learn and adapt ..
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