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Old 11-25-16, 09:26 PM
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Giant Roam 3 or Fuji Traverse 1.7

Just looking for an around town, up and down curbs and some grass/gravel paths type bike. I need something more upright than my beat up old mtn bike.

A friend has the Roam and I've ridden it up and down the street, feels fine. I'm sure the Fuji has about the same ergonomics so not really worried about that. No shops have it in stock to try.

The Fuji has Tourney and ALtus, Giant has Acera, so a slight adv. to Giant there.

Any other things to look at or smaller details to consider? Over all quality? etc etc.


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Old 11-26-16, 11:02 AM
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I'm obviously biased by owning one, but my vote is for the Roam. Most bang-for-your-buck with Giant ...in my honest opinion.
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Old 11-27-16, 11:04 AM
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I cant disagree with that. One of the main reasons I started my research with the Roam. I have a Fuji on order at a shop so I can see it and test ride it. Will compare that to the Roam and make a decision.

The Fuji has a beautiful blue color this year, the Roam is Black/Silver (definitely dont want the lime yellow one). So that is swaying my decision some also.

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I cant disagree with that. One of the main reasons I started my research with the Roam. I have a Fuji on order at a shop so I can see it and test ride it. Will that to the Roam and make a decision.

The Fuji has a beautiful blue color this year, the Roam is Black/Silver (definitely dont want the lime yellow one). So that is swaying my decision some also.
I think you should consider the extra cost of the Roam 2.

That is a bike a lot of people could happily live with and not feel they have made too many compromises on for a mountain bike oriented hybrid.
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You have my interest piqued. Any specifics that make it worth the extra $120-ish?


9 speed vs 8 speed. that big a difference?

Hydraulic vs mechanical disc brake. again, big difference?
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Old 11-27-16, 03:58 PM
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To answer my own questions, I see that hydraulic brakes are much better in terms of braking power. Of course, I am upgrading from an early 90's mtn bike to a new disc system, so this is going to be a great improvement anyway.

Also, I realize the 9 speed will be easier to repair/replace down the road, as 8 speeds are going away.

My decision is this: for the amount I will be using this bike (minimal), are these factors big enough for me to spend the extra money?
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Old 11-27-16, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Pinhy View Post
You have my interest piqued. Any specifics that make it worth the extra $120-ish?


9 speed vs 8 speed. that big a difference?

Hydraulic vs mechanical disc brake. again, big difference?
Yes. Hydraulics make a big difference, a nice difference. Then there is the drivetrain

CRANK
Roam-3
SR Suntour XCT
Roam-2
Shimano M371

The shifters are better on the 2, as is the front derailleur, even the hub is a nice little upgrade.

Going from bike brand to different bike brand these differences can be misleading but on the same bike they are obvious. The fork is what lets this bike down though and the same fork is on all 3 models. It's a very cheap fork, just a spring in a tube. The bike would be better served with a rigid fork but not as many people would buy it then because the average buyer of these low end bikes equate suspension with "Good" and "Cool". That's how effective the marketing has been.
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Old 11-27-16, 05:34 PM
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That is depressing to hear about the suspension. Even though I am looking for suspension over rigid, not because of "cool" but because it will help make the grass and gravel paths I ride on more comfortable. I am looking for a comfortable ride rather than a mtn bike where I am leaning on my hands all the time. Yet i dont want a "cadillac" with beach cruiser handlebars and a spring in the seat post. lol

I told myself when I started this search that I need to keep myself thinking "functional and cheap" and not let better components increase my price point. This is literally for minimal use when we bike instead of inline skate, some short trips to run an errand or ride the grass/gravel with my dog chasing behind.
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Originally Posted by Pinhy View Post
You have my interest piqued. Any specifics that make it worth the extra $120-ish?


9 speed vs 8 speed. that big a difference?

Hydraulic vs mechanical disc brake. again, big difference?
Ahhh I made a slight mistake.


In Australia, the model they are marketing as the Roam 3 is one with V-Brakes and I didn't realise that in the USA the Roam 3 has Mechanical brakes.


If I had realised that, I would not have commented.


That doesn't mean the Roam 2 isn't worth getting, but the gap between the two of your possible bikes isn't as big as I originally thought it was.
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Old 11-27-16, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for coming back and posting that. The difference is still mechanical disc vs hydraulic disc though.
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Old 11-27-16, 07:33 PM
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Going off the prices at Performance Bikes in the U.S. and Giant Prices as well, The Roam 2 is $570. The Traverse 1.7 can be had at $329. If you are looking to spend around $570, look at the Fuji Traverse 1.3 instead for a better price comparison. This uses an Altus and Alivio groupset along with hydraulic brakes:

Fuji Traverse 1.3 Disc Sport Hybrid Bike - 2016
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Going off the prices at Performance Bikes in the U.S. and Giant Prices as well, The Roam 2 is $570. The Traverse 1.7 can be had at $329.
Wow, $329 for that bike which may not be used that extensively, is pretty hard to beat in these circumstances.
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Ive been comparing the Roam 3 to the Traverse 1.7. Both comparable in price and components.

In taking Col. Sanders advice, we got discussing the Roam 2. I agree, the comparable Fuji would be the 1.3.

Also, Ive been looking at 2017 models, rather than 2016. It started with my local shop pointing out that the 2017 Roam has better components for a cheaper price. The discount on the 2016 is barely cheaper than the MSRP for the 2017. (420 v 435). Then looking at the Fuji, I LOVE the color of the 2017 1.7 (blue) and not a fan of the 2016 (white/green). Though the Fuji dealer did offer a greater savings for the 2016 v 2017 (340 as opposed to 420).
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Ive been comparing the Roam 3 to the Traverse 1.7. Both comparable in price and components.

In taking Col. Sanders advice, we got discussing the Roam 2. I agree, the comparable Fuji would be the 1.3.

Also, Ive been looking at 2017 models, rather than 2016. It started with my local shop pointing out that the 2017 Roam has better components for a cheaper price. The discount on the 2016 is barely cheaper than the MSRP for the 2017. (420 v 435). Then looking at the Fuji, I LOVE the color of the 2017 1.7 (blue) and not a fan of the 2016 (white/green). Though the Fuji dealer did offer a greater savings for the 2016 v 2017 (340 as opposed to 420).

I just checked Fuji's site and yea, I'd have to agree the blue on the 2017 looks a lot better. But if it helps and you have a Performance Bikes near, this bike is only $449. Fuji Traverse 1.7 Disc Sport Hybrid Bike - 2017


The Suntour NEX isn't too bad. I've had a lot worse suspension in my past from an old Duotrack. It does add weight to the bike, but does smooth out bumps and such on gravel trails that I have gone on, mainly the C & O trail. Would I say it's a great suspension fork, eh...not really, good, yea I could say that. But it's not terrible, in my opinion. But then again, I am looking at getting a gravel bike myself without suspension next year. SO....take that as you may.


I suggest test riding yourself and see what you like.
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Old 11-30-16, 11:23 PM
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Being an owner of a Roam 1, and loving everything about it, I have to chime in here when I see people bashing the NEX/NCX forks on the hybrids. The forum is full of opinions on whether these are good or bad, its a very polarizing debate that no-one is going to win. However there are too many myths propagated by bashers of these products, that I feel compelled to offer my own opinions on...

Are they the best fork money can buy? Certainly no.

Are they suited to hardcore off-road/mountain use? Obviously not.

Are they heavy pieces of junk. Absolutely not. They only add about 1-2 lbs to to the weight of a bike. That's unnoticeable to most.

Are they pogo-sticks that bounce uncontrollably? Not a chance. Check out this video. In particular, pay attention to the lack of movement of the fork after the halfway point when the rider goes out into the sunshine and you can see their pedal strokes. The fork doesn't budge on the pedal strokes. But it *sure* absorbs the bumps from pavement defects, curbs, speed humps, etc...


As you can clearly see in the video, the NEX/NCX forks are very effective at cushioning bumps and absorbing shock when used for their intended purpose, which is urban riding in mixed pavement and trail environments.

To be frank, I think the video speaks for itself dispelling a lot of the myths about these shocks. But as I said, it's a polarizing subject and no-one is going to win the debate. Just buy what you think will make you happy and enjoy it!

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Old 11-30-16, 11:52 PM
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I have to second TRJB opinion on hybrid forks even though a lot of people in here trash them. I have a pair on my Novara Forza hybrid and they have been fine for the 90% road and 10% light offroad/trail riding I've done with it. The LBS guy told me to unlock 'em once a week and do a ride so the forks stayed loose and didn't get stuck in place. The bike has about 8000 miles in four years and the forks still feel fine to me.
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Today is the day....

I rode the 2017 Roam 2 last night, and even the Altus and Acera components on this higher model werent the smoothest things. Of course, I am used to my SRAM Red on my road bike so not a fair comparison.

Also, the 2017 Fuji 1.7 got to the shop and built yesterday, so I will be heading down there to check it out in a couple hours. If I like the blue as much as I think I am going to, it will be hard to say no, even with the Tourney/Altus groupset.

If I can talk myself out of it, I will have about a half an hour drive to the Giant shop to decide between the 2 (blue/yellow) or the 3 (black/silver).

....one way or another I will be purchasing/ordering a bike (finally).


Thanks for the discussion, it is a big help to hear from some experienced riders. Also, just having the discussion gets me looking at things from different angles.
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I bought the Roam 3. 2017 grey/black. They had one in a box, so it should be ready tomorrow or Monday. Got a good price on it too.

The Fuji didn't have a lockout fork on it, made my decision easier. Was a very beautiful blue though.
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I bought the Roam 3. 2017 grey/black. They had one in a box, so it should be ready tomorrow or Monday. Got a good price on it too.

The Fuji didn't have a lockout fork on it, made my decision easier. Was a very beautiful blue though.
Congrats.

Hope you post some photo's when you have it up and running.
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