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Old 03-05-16, 01:07 PM
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Does-it-all bike

Well, this is my first post and I have a inquiry. I guess a lot of people come here to ask for buying advice and I presume you find it irritating. I apologize.

Here's a situation.

I have Scott Aspect 930 29'' Hardtail. I ride it on the trail for about 2% of my mileage(that's true percentage actually). Therefore for the rest of 98% I deal with big and slow tyres, wasted energy, low speed and somewhat uncomfortable longer rides (20+ miles). However hopping curbs is easy and useful.

Now I'm looking to sell it and buy a hybrid.

What I look in a bike is this:

-Comfortable (longer) ride
-relatively fast and efficient
-up to 900$
-useful as daily commuter
-useful for longer rides (50+ miles)
-useful for touring (meaning that at some point I can put saddlebags and other touring equipment on it and go traveling)

So far I was thinking about:
SPECIALIZED CROSSTRAIL SPORT DISC 2016
GIANT ROAM 0 DISC 2015

Is there some other kind of hybrid that would be more suitable for my needs?
How important is front suspension?
What about handebars? straight or curved ones?
I know thing or two about MTB but I'm completely at a loss here.

Thank you for your time

edit: If I broke some rules with this post I apologize.

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Before spending dough buying a replacement, consider trying lighter, narrower smooth tread tires on this bike.

Tires alone will greatly change the character of this bike, and turn it into a decent commuter. Of course a hybrid built on a lighter frame with or without a suspension fork may save weight and be a bit faster, but the tires alone will get you most of the way there at a lower cost.

In the end it depends on what you want and a question of how much you need to spend to get there.
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While I have few complaints about my low end Roam 3, I dont think it will give you much more speed. I like the idea of putting smoother tires on what you have or go road bike if speed is a concern but then you have really skinny tires and little hope of off road. I wanted a mtb but now i have the money i dont want to spend it and realize I shouldn't be doing any trails greater than my bike can manage now or I'd hurt myself. I'd do a straight trade with you but I've got the 3 from a few years ago. I liked Scott for a minute but then saw every makers got a cool mtb at that price range. I'd loathe to spend $900 on what i have now even if it had a better derailuer and disc brakes.
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I really enjoy riding my Crosstrail on various off road trails in my area like the CnO Canal and Great Alleghany as being a few. The suspension softens up trail bumps, especially C n O Canal nicely. I purposely bought this bike, because I knew how much I enjoyed and would ride on trails. It is nice that it has a lock on the suspension for when I ride on pavement. But it is a heavier bike.

But what kind of concerns me with you asking, is where you stated only 2% of your ride is on a trail.

So, I'm assuming this 2% is with light off roading where there aren't really many rocks to jump and such. So I'm wondering why you wouldn't look at something like the Sirrus? The Sirrus sport would ride quicker on the pavement than a Crosstrail Sport. It has a carbon fiber fork to soften the small amount of off road riding you would do. Plus it's a much lighter bike.

Don't get me wrong, I really like my Crosstrail, but I've done some things to it to help with riding on the road such as switching to thinner road going tires. Yes, I have two sets of tires to put on when needed, one for the road and one for trails. It is a highly changeable bike.

I did test out the Roam also since my LBS sold both Specialized and Giant's. I personally liked the geometry better on the Crosstrail. Wanted to like the Roam, but couldn't get comfortable enough, felt too tight for me. So I highly suggest going out and testing all bikes.

Another idea also, don't discount the Specialized DiVerge or other gravel bikes. After I recently test road one of these and a Fuji Tread, I have to admit I quickly fell in love. Have wondered if I should have gotten something like those rather than my Crosstrail. The red paint on the Specialized DiVerge A1 is absolutely beautiful!

All the bikes I suggested have the ability to put on saddle bags and various other things for touring. But it's something you need to test and figure out for yourself what you like.
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
The Sirrus sport would ride quicker on the pavement than a Crosstrail Sport. It has a carbon fiber fork to soften the small amount of off road riding you would do. Plus it's a much lighter bike.
Sadly, they don't offer carbon until you spend $990 on the Elite. Sport has aluminum.

Hey, is that canal trail mostly choppy/gravel? I see it listed as "Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel" mix.
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Originally Posted by FrozenBiker View Post
Sadly, they don't offer carbon until you spend $990 on the Elite. Sport has aluminum.

Hey, is that canal trail mostly choppy/gravel? I see it listed as "Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel" mix.
Yea, that's right the Elite is $990, but many LBS will discount that. But I doubt they would sell it below $900.

The Fuji Tread I test rode does have a carbon fork, 10 speed newer Tiagra and disc brakes and such, it's $850. Just not sure why they route the wiring on top of the bike though. Here's the link: Fuji Tread 2.0 LE Disc Road Bike - 2016 Performance Exclusive

That C n O Canal is mostly gravel, but there are some choppier stones/pits and such. Around one of the towns, think it was Brunswick, the trail runs next to a camp ground. So you go over the pavement area, thinking at first it would be smooth. Until you start hitting the little ditches the big campers make in the concrete as they drive through.

I included some of the pictures I have from riding on it:


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Old 03-05-16, 09:27 PM
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I'm feeling picture happy.........couple more pictures of the CnO. But also a picture of my Crosstrail with the rack on it.


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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
Recommending that as a "do-it-all" bike with its road-oriented Tiagra groupset and drop bars is a stretch, imo. Certainly a nice bike though. We do have a "post pics of your ride" thread btw.

I agree with FBinNY about trying some new tires on your Scott, OP. Unless you just want a new bike which is fine too.
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First of all thanks to all of you who took the time to help me out

Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post

But what kind of concerns me with you asking, is where you stated only 2% of your ride is on a trail.

So, I'm assuming this 2% is with light off roading where there aren't really many rocks to jump and such. So I'm wondering why you wouldn't look at something like the Sirrus? The Sirrus sport would ride quicker on the pavement than a Crosstrail Sport. It has a carbon fiber fork to soften the small amount of off road riding you would do. Plus it's a much lighter bike.

Another idea also, don't discount the Specialized DiVerge or other gravel bikes. After I recently test road one of these and a Fuji Tread, I have to admit I quickly fell in love. Have wondered if I should have gotten something like those rather than my Crosstrail. The red paint on the Specialized DiVerge A1 is absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for informative post.

However, there are few things bugging me. I'm skeptical about rigid bikes since I live in the area (south-east Europe) that has some terrible roads. Will comfort be compromised? I plan to use this bike as a daily commuter and as a trekking/traveling bike? Currently I'm planning to visit my cousins 150miles away . Because of that front suspension I never thought about Sirrus. What are the pros and cons of rigid front fork?
Diverge looks amazing. However I've never ridden anything else than a MTB so it looks terribly uncomfortable as a commuter and for traveling. Am I wrong?

I might stretch my budget a little more BTW. I'm buying a bicycle on a long term.


Those pics look cool

I gave some thought to this matter and decided to keep my MTB. I'm getting a job as an MD soon so I guess I'll have some money to spend. Right now I'm inclined to do this:
-use MTB for nature,trail and commuting (there are high curbs and many potholes here where I live)
-buy a Diverge for traveling/touring

What do you say about that?
Can Specialized Diverge handle saddlebags and other touring equipment, I'm not sure if bike's geometry is limiting factor?
Does it get uncomfortable to be in slouched position for a longer period of time on a bike like Diverge?
Difference between straight and curved handles?

Cheers

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Old 03-06-16, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
Recommending that as a "do-it-all" bike with its road-oriented Tiagra groupset and drop bars is a stretch, imo. Certainly a nice bike though. We do have a "post pics of your ride" thread btw.

I agree with FBinNY about trying some new tires on your Scott, OP. Unless you just want a new bike which is fine too.
Yea, I got post a picture happy I edited most of those out.
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Originally Posted by silvrbckgorilla View Post
First of all thanks to all of you who took the time to help me out



Thanks for informative post.

However, there are few things bugging me. I'm skeptical about rigid bikes since I live in the area (south-east Europe) that has some terrible roads. Will comfort be compromised? I plan to use this bike as a daily commuter and as a trekking/traveling bike? Currently I'm planning to visit my cousins 150miles away . Because of that front suspension I never thought about Sirrus. What are the pros and cons of rigid front fork?
Diverge looks amazing. However I've never ridden anything else than a MTB so it looks terribly uncomfortable as a commuter and for traveling. Am I wrong?

I might stretch my budget a little more BTW. I'm buying a bicycle on a long term.


Those pics look cool

I gave some thought to this matter and decided to keep my MTB. I'm getting a job as an MD soon so I guess I'll have some money to spend. Right now I'm inclined to do this:
-use MTB for nature,trail and commuting (there are high curbs and many potholes here where I live)
-buy a Diverge for traveling/touring

What do you say about that?
Can Specialized Diverge handle saddlebags and other touring equipment, I'm not sure if bike's geometry is limiting factor?
Does it get uncomfortable to be in slouched position for a longer period of time on a bike like Diverge?
Difference between straight and curved handles?

Cheers
Sounds like a great plan. You have a good bike, just change tires and do what else you need to make it work.

I've heard but welcome others thoughts on this, that the drop bars are great for long distance rides. One of the problems I've encountered on my 50 mile rides on my Crosstrail is numbness, especially in hands. The curved bars give you more positions to place your hands. Although I've made a number of changes to alleviate this issue on my straight bars. I've been told that the drop bars give a greater amount of comfort for these kind of rides.

Wish I could tell you for certain about being in the slouched position, can only reference those being able to do century rides are generally on road bikes, not straight bar bikes. This is one of those questions I won't answer for myself until later this year when I do buy a gravel bike.

Asking about the pros and cons of rigid forks could open a whole can of worms on this site from many people. The way I see it, rigid offers a quickness and lightness of riding on paved roads. You being in Europe and not having the best of roads, is something you need to decide on. Suspension might be better for you, I can't tell you for certain. But high curbs and potholes, sounds to me you would be better off with keeping what you have.

The Diverge to my understanding can be fully equipped as a touring bike. Until you start looking more at the carbon fiber versions. I'm not sure how well those can be equipped.
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
I've heard but welcome others thoughts on this, that the drop bars are great for long distance rides. One of the problems I've encountered on my 50 mile rides on my Crosstrail is numbness, especially in hands. The curved bars give you more positions to place your hands. Although I've made a number of changes to alleviate this issue on my straight bars. I've been told that the drop bars give a greater amount of comfort for these kind of rides.

Wish I could tell you for certain about being in the slouched position, can only reference those being able to do century rides are generally on road bikes, not straight bar bikes. This is one of those questions I won't answer for myself until later this year when I do buy a gravel bike.
It's true that drop bars offer greater comfort on long rides due to the fact that they give you more positions for your hands, but a typical road bike also has a much more aggressive (aero) posture than what you would typically find on a hybrid bike. The two arn't mutually exclusive and I should have been a little more specific in my own post about it. Road bikes typically have a much shorter headset with a lowered (or flipped) stem as well as a shorter wheel base. A hybrid/touring bike with drop bars is a different ride than a road bike with drop bars, that's what i'm trying to say. If I was looking for distance and comfort I wouldn't just buy a straight up road bike.
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If touring also, I would take a look at this beauty
ToughRoad SLR 2 (2016) | Giant Bicycles | United States
no suspension on it and you dont need it. Solid bike for tarmac, gravel and travel
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
That C n O Canal is mostly gravel, but there are some choppier stones/pits and such. Around one of the towns, think it was Brunswick, the trail runs next to a camp ground. So you go over the pavement area, thinking at first it would be smooth. Until you start hitting the little ditches the big campers make in the concrete as they drive through.
Thx for that info, and the pics (saw the muddy one last night... hehe)


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If touring also, I would take a look at this beauty
ToughRoad SLR 2 (2016) | Giant Bicycles | United States
no suspension on it and you dont need it. Solid bike for tarmac, gravel and travel
The SLR 2 is a great bike (and I'm ordering one this month, by the way ), but silvrbckgorilla wants a "fast & efficient" bike w/o big tires.
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I have a Sirrus, and a Crosstrail..... The Crosstrail is a great do it all bike, but the Sirrus is easier to ride fast.

If I had to give up one, I would give up the Sirrus ---- because the Crosstrail is a great do it all bike! Tires and fenders, along with a rack or two, and you are good to go.

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I love my new straight-bar, suspension-fork hybrid, but if I were going to ride more than 20 miles in a day, I'd want a drop-bar bike with touring geometry. Drop bars give you more opportunities to change riding grip and give your hands a break IME.
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I love my new straight-bar, suspension-fork hybrid, but if I were going to ride more than 20 miles in a day, I'd want a drop-bar bike with touring geometry. Drop bars give you more opportunities to change riding grip and give your hands a break IME.
Have you tried bar ends yet? My cheesey body can't ride drop bar bikes, and being stretched out / leaned over like that.
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post
I'm feeling picture happy.........couple more pictures of the CnO. But also a picture of my Crosstrail with the rack on it.

Now that is a nice do it all bike.

God damn those CrossTrails, they is messing my mind up with desire.
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Now that is a nice do it all bike.

God damn those CrossTrails, they is messing my mind up with desire.
Thanks! I was just putting on a new SRAM chain and a new cassette on her. I'll post pictures on the what you did for your Crosstrail (aka Hybrid thread)soon.

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Originally Posted by FrozenBiker View Post
Thx for that info, and the pics (saw the muddy one last night... hehe)




The SLR 2 is a great bike (and I'm ordering one this month, by the way ), but silvrbckgorilla wants a "fast & efficient" bike w/o big tires.
I think one may be able to take off the stock 2.00 tires and install narrower tires. Not sure, though. Nothing on the Giant website about this important point. Maybe the warranty is voided if one swaps out the 2.00 tires...
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I think one may be able to take off the stock 2.00 tires and install narrower tires. Not sure, though. Nothing on the Giant website about this important point. Maybe the warranty is voided if one swaps out the 2.00 tires...
Probably wouldn't want to go narrower than 40mm tho, to keep it as an adventure/tail bike.
I'd consider doing that if the stock tires wear down later.
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I'm a recent convert to trekking bars for a do-it-all bike. Flat bars just don't work for me, and find that drops have more limitations than advantages in do-it-all use.

I also find tires in the mid 30mm range to be the best compromise.
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Probably wouldn't want to go narrower than 40mm tho, to keep it as an adventure/tail bike.
I'd consider doing that if the stock tires wear down later.
Look, the bike is at your service, not the other way around. If you want to change tires, change them to suit your needs. Don't stick reflexibly and limit yourself to what the manufacturer and marketing hype says is the niche or realm of the bike. You are in control. The only real limitation is the frame geometry. Everything else can be modded to suit one's needs.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
Look, the bike is at your service, not the other way around. If you want to change tires, change them to suit your needs. Don't stick reflexibly and limit yourself to what the manufacturer and marketing hype says is the niche or realm of the bike. You are in control. The only real limitation is the frame geometry. Everything else can be modded to suit one's needs.
Oh, I wasn't referring to any marketing hype at all. That's a funny tho
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