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Comfort or Mountain Bike?

Old 05-17-05, 05:31 PM
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Comfort or Mountain Bike?

Hi......I'm looking at bikes, but can't decide which to buy. I'm 6'1''-230lb. so I need one that's damned durable. However, I primarily ride on the street, and don't need the "drag" of a dirt tire. But all the Comfort bikes look so chintzy. Any suggestions? Troy
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Old 05-17-05, 06:06 PM
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I just went through the same thing, and ended up with a Kona Blast, which is a MTB. I wanted decent front suspension, and the Kona comes with Marzocchi up front, albeit a low-end one. Great derailleurs, Deores front and back, decent tires, which your LBS should swap out for street rubber if you want them. I picked up last year's model for a decent price, and got a good bike for the money. It's worth a look. I'm 6'0" and around 205 lbs.
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Old 05-17-05, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by trdessell
Hi......I'm looking at bikes, but can't decide which to buy. I'm 6'1''-230lb. so I need one that's damned durable. However, I primarily ride on the street, and don't need the "drag" of a dirt tire. But all the Comfort bikes look so chintzy. Any suggestions? Troy
Image matters. Get yourself a bike that you like or you won't use it. I think that the comfort bikes look a little "girly" too. Get yourself a more macho-looking mountain bike and talk your dealer into swapping for some Continental Town & Country tires.
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Old 05-17-05, 08:58 PM
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I agree. Not only do comfort bikes look ugly, but their geometry is all wrong for going fast. I have one now which I don't use, and I would say that it is slower than a mountain bike. Some bike shops will even allow you to swap tires (to slicks) for free, or for a small fee before the new bike even leaves the store!!
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Old 05-17-05, 10:13 PM
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Heeeeyyyy!!! I have a comfort bike and he is


~~~BEEYUUUUTEEFUL~~~!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-18-05, 05:16 AM
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I have a comfort and I like it so far. Perhaps a better seat is in the future buit's ok for now. I too debated the comfort/mtb idea and ended up with the comfort since I felt that I would not be off road too often and if I do go off road, then mayb I will invest in another set of wheels, mounted with good tires.
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Old 05-18-05, 06:20 AM
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I am 6'1" and over 300lbs
I bought a comfort/hybrid bike (Trek 7100)
After bending my third set of rims in less than as many months
I now own a mountain bike (Giant Rainier)

The fat knobby tires were swapped at the shop for some thinner tires with less aggresive tread
plus the bike is sexier
I'm sexier
and I'm happier

IMHO, a mountain bike with a riser stem fits just as well as a comfort bike without that "look I'm a girly man" comfort bike look, though I could care less about what I look like, for christs sake, I AM A FAT MAN ON A BICYCLE!
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Old 05-18-05, 06:59 AM
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Lol pj7.
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