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Old 03-15-16, 06:28 PM
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Crosstrail vs. roam

Greetings all,

I come to you with another challenge.
I am searching for opinions on which way to roll.

I live between competing bike shops that are both pretty far away from me so I will only be visiting one.

The first bike shop can get me on a Specialized Crosstrail sport for about 900 + tax
The other can get me on a Giant Rome 0 for about 1050 + tax

I am curious for a 6'4 250 pound man what would be the better option.

My goals are:

1. To enjoy the ride.
2. To get fit
3. To explore my new home town (90% on road vs. 10% trail)
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Old 03-16-16, 03:57 AM
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I tested both my Crosstrail Sport and a Giant Roam 1 since my LBS sold both brands. While I thought the Roam was a nice bike, it's dimensions or shape did not fit me as well as the Crosstrail. So I really suggest you test both out to figure that out for yourself.

When I first got the Crosstrail, I was nearly 380 lbs at 6'2". I'm losing alot of weight, but I stated that to let you know the bike can handle the weight. I've only had 1 spoke break recently after a year of riding. That only occurred since I put thinner tires on it and was running on some rough trails.

But, I got this bike knowing I was going to riding alot of trails since I really enjoy this type of riding. So I wanted suspension. If your going to do 90% pavement riding, are you sure you want a bike with suspension? I suggest testing some bikes without suspension like the Sirrus and Escape so you can tell the difference between a suspension setup bike and non suspension setup.

Would hate to see you get a heavier bike when you might not need the suspension. Plus with the high prices that you listed, I'm assuming your not in the U.S. Because here both those bikes are around $710 and $850.
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Old 03-16-16, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by travbikeman View Post

But, I got this bike knowing I was going to riding alot of trails since I really enjoy this type of riding. So I wanted suspension. If your going to do 90% pavement riding, are you sure you want a bike with suspension? I suggest testing some bikes without suspension like the Sirrus and Escape so you can tell the difference between a suspension setup bike and non suspension setup.

Would hate to see you get a heavier bike when you might not need the suspension. Plus with the high prices that you listed, I'm assuming your not in the U.S. Because here both those bikes are around $710 and $850.
Thank you for the quick reply.

The only reason I am excluding hybrids without suspension is for 2 reasons.

1. I don't want to wish that I had suspension for the times that it is required.I don't think with the lockout feature I would regret having it.

2. I assume the added weight of the bike and fatter tires would probably also add to the stability of the bike if going off a curb or hitting a pothole. I am willing to sacrifice weight for stability I guess.

As for the pricing you are right I am in Canada.
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Old 03-16-16, 07:49 AM
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While similar, both bikes fit different. You really should try both.

That being said, buy the one that trips your trigger, so you will ride it. Both are similar.

At your size, but the largest size they have.
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Old 03-17-16, 11:02 AM
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Just to make things more confusing I was able to test drive the following ;

Specialized crosstrail disk and Giant escape 2

Both are the exact same price however the crosstrail gets 4 free tune ups thrown in, along with water bottle holder and kickstand.


Decisions decisions. ... help ....!!!!
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Well...which color do you like better? Which LBS are you more comfortable with? 4 free tune ups and goodies are nice!

Good luck on your decision!
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Originally Posted by deadprez View Post
Just to make things more confusing I was able to test drive the following ;
Specialized crosstrail disk and Giant escape 2
Both are the exact same price however the crosstrail gets 4 free tune ups thrown in, along with water bottle holder and kickstand.
Decisions decisions. ... help ....!!!!
I would think the disc brakes and suspension would be a bigger difference than free tune-ups when comparing those two bikes. Earlier you seemed pretty set on having a suspension fork. Are you saying that after riding the Escape you've softened a little on that position?
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Old 03-17-16, 04:37 PM
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I would think the disc brakes and suspension would be a bigger difference than free tune-ups when comparing those two bikes. Earlier you seemed pretty set on having a suspension fork. Are you saying that after riding the Escape you've softened a little on that position?
Case closed ... i just brought home the crosstrail.

Its pouring rain out but if it clears up I'll try get a couple pictures up of my baby.
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Case closed ... i just brought home the crosstrail.

Its pouring rain out but if it clears up I'll try get a couple pictures up of my baby.
Congratulations!
Hope you get some good weather soon so you can get out and ride it.
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Case closed ... i just brought home the crosstrail.

Its pouring rain out but if it clears up I'll try get a couple pictures up of my baby.
Many here made the same decision. Be safe and enjoy
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