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Old 11-05-06, 04:17 PM
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Help me decide

After spending a couple years riding a Xmart MTB, I've decided to get a Trek. Not only because my Xmart bike is in need of repair and parts are scare, but because I've realized what a POS it is after visiting the LBS.

My predicament is as follows. Price is a big factor, I'm a married college student with a son. Second, my LBS sucks. The place is notorious for being unhelpful and it's been that way for years apparently. Third, I believe I want a hybrid because I plan on riding mostly roads but still do some trails, and I want the comfort of the hybrid.

My options are down to these: Trek 7000 VS Trek Navigator 2.0 (which I realize is more comfort than hybrid)

I realize the 7000 will most likely go faster (right?) but will it be a big difference in speed capability? Also will the front fork on the navigator make it worth the extra $50? Our local road are horrid with pot holes everywhere and one main street I will ride on often, but not for a lengthy amount, is brick. Any thoughts, concerns?
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Old 11-05-06, 06:05 PM
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Why are you set on getting a Trek if you want a hybrid? There are lots of other bike brands that offer hybrids.
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Old 11-05-06, 06:50 PM
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Non suspension fork and 35 mm tires will provide good speed without sacrificing too much comfort on the potholes. If you find you need more speed and feel you could handle a bit firmer ride, you could plan on switching to 32 mm or even 28 mm width tires when the current ones start wearing. The adjustable stem on the 7000 will allow you to adjust your riding position as you get accustomed to the bike.
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Old 11-05-06, 06:53 PM
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Why a trek?

I live in a small town. The LBS stocks and orders only treks.

I have been scouting used bikes but no luck, especially with anything local. It doesn't make sense to drive 175 miles to the nearest city and spend $50-60 on fuel to look at a used bike that might save me money if I buy it.
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Old 11-05-06, 10:05 PM
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If your roads are really that crappy, the suspension fork might be a nice upgrade.
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