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Old 05-16-16, 12:53 PM
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Advice on new bike

Hey everyone! I am new to the forum. I have been riding for a few years now and am finally looking to purchase a new bike. I want to purchase a hybrid bike and am in the $600 or so bracket for spending on a new one. I can buy a Specialized Crosstrail locally for around that or there is a Fuji Sunfire 2.0 on BikesDirect.com for $600. Any advice on which is a better bike or better value? Light trail and road riding and some beach biking. 50 miles or so max is about where I am at currently on my rides.

I thought I would ask you all here before I spend the coin on a new bike and see what your opinions are. Thanks in advance for the feedback!!
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Old 05-16-16, 01:10 PM
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Also, am I correct in wanting a hybrid? Trail rides are gravel/groomed. No off-road or heavy wooded riding at all.
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Hybrid is fine for gravel trails. They account for the overwhelming majority of what I see on the rail trails by me.

What do you mean by beach and road riding? Those two styles may take drastically different tires, at minimum.
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Right now I ride on gravel trails and roads. I am moving to Florida in July so I will probably look to incorporate some beach riding in my routine. Hard sand/etc. This is my first real upgrade in my bike and I want to make sure I get the best bang for my buck. My local guy only sells Specialized and he wants to put me in a Specialized Crosstrail. I saw a Fuji Sunfire 2.0 online though and am wondering if one is better than the other. I am still a relative newbie to biking but am really starting to get into it and am covering distances on trail rides of around 30 miles or so and think I can do even better and go even farther with the right bike. Is one of these better than the other for me ya think?
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Maybe wait until you get to Florida so you can see if the beraches look like good places to ride, you can see where you might actually ride and what sort of bike you might need, and Most important, sdo you can learn the best bike shop in that area, so when you need tune-ups , tires, tubes, etc. they know you and you know you can trust them.
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Old 05-16-16, 01:51 PM
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That's great advice. I am just itching to ride so bad and my current bike is done for. Crankshaft issues and need a replacement as I cannot wait until July to ride. So gotta get something now so I can get my last rides in before I move. Any suggestions on which bike option is better? Specialized Crosstrail or the Fuji Sunfire 2.0? Am I safe ordering a bike from an online seller like BikesDirect.com?
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Thanks already for all the feedback! This site is amazing! Bookmarked already. Lots of knowledge on here!
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As far as BD, the general consensus is that they are fine so long as you are familiar enough to know what you need in a bike, how to size yourself, and are competent at either assembling it from the box or have a shop that will do it for you.

Regarding those bikes, the girlfriend has the woman's version of the Crosstrail (the Ariel), and she loves it.
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Great call. While I am certain I could assemble myself I think purchasing locally and having a pro adjust to me specifically may be the way to go. And hearing that your girlfriend has the Crosstrail and loves it helps. Thanks!!
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Narrowed down to three options. Any option far and away better than the other?

Motobecane Elite Adventure X5 LTD

Fuji Sunfire 2.0

Specialized Crosstrail

I feel like I am getting far more bike for my $600 with the Fuji and Motobecane than the Specialized. Am I wrong?
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Originally Posted by TheIndiePlaylis View Post
Narrowed down to three options. Any option far and away better than the other?

Motobecane Elite Adventure X5 LTD

Fuji Sunfire 2.0

Specialized Crosstrail

I feel like I am getting far more bike for my $600 with the Fuji and Motobecane than the Specialized. Am I wrong?
I think the Moto has the best bike parts of the three.

If you are still open to suggestions, this one is similar in spec to the Crosstrail for under $300 with 'sale' coupon: Nashbar Trekking Bike___
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Thanks Shadow!! I was trying to find weight on that or the Fuji and I cannot find that anywhere. Any ideas where to look to find out the weight on those?
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Thanks Shadow!! I was trying to find weight on that or the Fuji and I cannot find that anywhere. Any ideas where to look to find out the weight on those?
Budget bikes don't have published weights. You'll have to google old discussion threads or maybe reviews.
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Thanks again!
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Old 05-17-16, 10:18 AM
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Thanks Shadow!! I was trying to find weight on that or the Fuji and I cannot find that anywhere. Any ideas where to look to find out the weight on those?
(1) Are you carrying the bike up a few flights of stairs or onto/off from a roof rack? Otherwise, why do you care about weight?

(2) Why don't you just fix the cranks on your existing bike and get on with it? Seems like the least expensive and quickest route, doesn't it?
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I may be traveling to and from trails and loading my bike on and off my vehicle so was just curious about the weight. I am moving to Florida in July but cannot do without a bike until then. My current bike is an old Mongoose and needs to be retired. When I got it 10 years ago I hardly rode and now I ride multiple times a week and have just outgrown it. The cranks are acting up, it needs new tires, etc etc etc etc so am looking to upgrade a decent bike that will get me through the next few years.

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(1) Are you carrying the bike up a few flights of stairs or onto/off from a roof rack? Otherwise, why do you care about weight?

(2) Why don't you just fix the cranks on your existing bike and get on with it? Seems like the least expensive and quickest route, doesn't it?
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Just a personal preference on that Moto, even on gravel trails I am not a fan of knobbies, and downright hate them on pavement. Doesn't look that aggressive of a tread, but you may find the same thing I did.
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Old 05-17-16, 10:28 AM
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It's all appreciated. When I bought my last bike like 10 years ago I hardly rode and now I ride multiple times a week. This is my first real attempt and buying myself a decent bike I can put some miles on comfortably. I am moving to Florida in July and so am not completely certain the types of trails they have but want to get a bike that can do a little bit of everything without breaking my bank. I wanted to come on here and speak with people who have been biking longer than me to get their advice. So far this site has been an incredible wealth of knowledge!

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Yep, and as I said, it is all personal preference, and easily changed if you don't like it. I have an uncle who willfully took a knobby fat tire on a 300 mile organized road tour last year, though, everyone is different
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I was thinking knobby would be fine because I would like to ride on the beach and there are some great off road trails further south in Florida I would like to hit once I am down there
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Also, it's not a total dick move to buy a bike online and then take it to a shop to put it together is it?
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This one looks decent too.... you still like the Moto? Nevermind. just realized they do not have my size available. At 5'8" I think a Medium would be too big for me

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I think the Moto has the best bike parts of the three.

If you are still open to suggestions, this one is similar in spec to the Crosstrail for under $300 with 'sale' coupon: Nashbar Trekking Bike___
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Also, it's not a total dick move to buy a bike online and then take it to a shop to put it together is it?
That point has been debated over and over here, there are troves of threads on the subject if you care to read them through. At the end of the day, I am personally of the opinion that if the bike shop couldn't sell me what I wanted at a price I wanted, but can gain my business assembling it, why not? I'd venture they make more profit assembling my bike bought elsewhere than selling me an entry level bike anyhow.

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This one looks decent too.... you still like the Moto? Nevermind. just realized they do not have my size available. At 5'8" I think a Medium would be too big for me
Sizing I cannot help you on. One thing I quickly realized: every guide is just that, a guide. I've got midget legs and a long torso, I am constantly told by those in the know that my frames are way too large for me, but it is what is comfortable to me when I am pedaling.
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Appreciate all the advice man! Think I am gonna pull the trigger on the Moto today. The upgrades offered in the tires really got me. I'll pay a local shop to assemble and config for me and maybe buy some gear there to ease them into helping me! LOL
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I would prefer the trace, since it's $375 with the 25% discount, and for the most part just as capable. But realize you're getting mechanical instead of hydraulic brakes, and 8 speed instead of 9 speed vice the Moto. All these bikes will have similar frames and forks.

If you are riding on sand deeper than just a dusting, a hybrid may not cut it. You need bigger tires. The diamondback and Moto come with 45mm and 40mm tires, respectively and that might get you by. On sand, knobs don't matter as much as volume. I may even consider a mountain bike or fat bike if you do a lot of sand riding. I would consider something like this: Product: Diamondback Overdrive Sport 29er Mountain Bike - Nashbar Exclusive

At $570 minus discount (around $425) you get a real 100mm travel fork, 9 speed group, hydraulic brakes and 2.25" tires.

On the flip side, if you aren't doing sand riding a touring bike or cyclocross bike could also fall in your budget if you want drop bars and will be lighter than a hybrid.

Sizing is personal. At 5'7 I ride a medium.

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