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Old 09-06-17, 03:58 AM
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Choosing a hybrid for taller blokes (Trek FX S4 v Specialized Sirrus Sport)

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I'd be really appreciative of any advice on choosing the right hybrid bike for a taller guy (I'm 6'2"").

My predicament is that I live in Tokyo (very few people over 6ft...) so it is almost impossible to find a store that stocks any bike my size making it hard to have a true test ride, or even proper viewing before I buy/order. It's also my first bike purchase. Therefore any advice I can get from any of you taller lads out there on the frame shape/geometry would be awesome.

I've shopped around online and am fairly happy with the stock components of the 2018 Trek FX S4 and the 2017 Specialized Sirrus Sport. I am particularly keen on a aluminium/alloy frame, carbon fork and disc brakes which these both have and would probably prefer MTB gearing (not a deal breaker).

While the Sirrus Sport is cheaper, I've read it is relatively quite upright and a touch slow. I've heard very little about the Trek FXS4.

Any opinions on the better suited frame geo/shape in the XL sizes of these bikes?

Any other bikes you would suggest with similar components setup (carbon fork etc.)?

Appreciate any advice you can offer.
Thanks all
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I'm 5'10 or so riding a 18" frame. Can't speak on the 22" frame but I can say I love my 2018 FX S4.

I ordered it in early August and took delivery of it in mid August. The heat was insane the week I got it (106 +) but managed a few rides in the late evening, then Hurricane Harvey hit (live in Austin) so had a week of almost no riding as the bike trails I ride on are also in the flood plains. I finally got some mileage this past labor day weekend. Everything on this bike is great.

The brakes are solid and the gearing has everything I need. Seat so far hasn't bothered me but I haven't hit 20+ miles on a single time yet so time will tell. A slight gripe is the stock grips are slippery without gloves on. I may swap those out soon but overall I love it. As for the geometry - it's a bit more "aggressive" compared to the other Hybrids. Riding this and hoping on my road bike for comparison (2010 Trek 2.1) I feel I'm almost in the same riding position just with 32 tires and a flat bar.

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-06-17, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Rsb View Post
Any opinions on the better suited frame geo/shape in the XL sizes of these bikes?

Any other bikes you would suggest with similar components setup (carbon fork etc.)?
Look at the gravel bikes, they may suit you as well.
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Old 09-07-17, 11:33 PM
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Thanks Erik
This is helpful. Good to know that the Trek FXS4 is a bit more performance based than how the Sirrus has been described. I've managed to arrange a test ride of an FX 2 (closest they have here apparently) so hopefully it's fairly similar.

May I ask what other hybrids you were considering before buying your FX S4?

Cheers!
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I'm 5'10 or so riding a 18" frame. Can't speak on the 22" frame but I can say I love my 2018 FX S4.

I ordered it in early August and took delivery of it in mid August. The heat was insane the week I got it (106 +) but managed a few rides in the late evening, then Hurricane Harvey hit (live in Austin) so had a week of almost no riding as the bike trails I ride on are also in the flood plains. I finally got some mileage this past labor day weekend. Everything on this bike is great.

The brakes are solid and the gearing has everything I need. Seat so far hasn't bothered me but I haven't hit 20+ miles on a single time yet so time will tell. A slight gripe is the stock grips are slippery without gloves on. I may swap those out soon but overall I love it. As for the geometry - it's a bit more "aggressive" compared to the other Hybrids. Riding this and hoping on my road bike for comparison (2010 Trek 2.1) I feel I'm almost in the same riding position just with 32 tires and a flat bar.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-15-18, 07:46 PM
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Newbie here as well. I like both bikes as well but the weather has prevented me from test riding but which bike did you end up choosing? Thanks
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If you're still considering a Sirrus, I'm 6'3" and the XL fits me great. Even though it has a more upright position, I still cruise around quickly. I'm very happy with it. Use it mainly as a commuter through the city. I can't compare it to the Trek though.
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Sure thing. I ended up going with the 2018 Trek FX 3 Disc. Sadly they donít actually make the FX S4 at my size unless you put in a custom order (Iíd probably still be waiting for the bike). I test rode the largest hybrid models for men of Giant, Cannondale (Quick), Specialized (Sirrus) and Fuji. For me, the Trek FX3 stood out (my girlfriend who was also shopping for a bike and tested all the womenís versions where possible also agreed the Trek FX3 shone above them all). Really smooth ride, great balance and arguably better top speed in my opinion. You miss out on a few little luxuries between the makers though (external brake cables on the FX3 despite the higher price tag for example). The FX3 overall definitely felt like a better quality bike than the Sirrus in my opinion, but still a very nice bike. Giant was my least favorite but was very competitively priced. Happy shopping! l
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Newbie here as well. I like both bikes as well but the weather has prevented me from test riding but which bike did you end up choosing? Thanks
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Thanks Derekve
Ended up going with the Trek, though the Sirrus looks and feels like a pretty good bike too. I was looking for a bit higher performance bike just for fitness/recreation in urban and trail climbing situations (based in central Tokyo). Thanks for the helpful comment.
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If you're still considering a Sirrus, I'm 6'3" and the XL fits me great. Even though it has a more upright position, I still cruise around quickly. I'm very happy with it. Use it mainly as a commuter through the city. I can't compare it to the Trek though.
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Gonna love it
Got a picture of it yet ?
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Hi all

I'd be really appreciative of any advice on choosing the right hybrid bike for a taller guy (I'm 6'2"").

My predicament is that I live in Tokyo (very few people over 6ft...) so it is almost impossible to find a store that stocks any bike my size making it hard to have a true test ride, or even proper viewing before I buy/order. It's also my first bike purchase. Therefore any advice I can get from any of you taller lads out there on the frame shape/geometry would be awesome.

I've shopped around online and am fairly happy with the stock components of the 2018 Trek FX S4 and the 2017 Specialized Sirrus Sport. I am particularly keen on a aluminium/alloy frame, carbon fork and disc brakes which these both have and would probably prefer MTB gearing (not a deal breaker).

While the Sirrus Sport is cheaper, I've read it is relatively quite upright and a touch slow. I've heard very little about the Trek FXS4.

Any opinions on the better suited frame geo/shape in the XL sizes of these bikes?

Any other bikes you would suggest with similar components setup (carbon fork etc.)?

Appreciate any advice you can offer.
Thanks all
I'm 6'3" and ride an 2018 XL Giant Escape disc. The bike fits me very well. Below is the link to the bike in Japan.
https://www.giant.co.jp/giant18/bike...02&s_code=SR07
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Awesome! Versatility is a great thing and the Trek looks likes an excellent choice. Enjoy it!! Post a picture if you get a chance.
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Thanks Derekve
Ended up going with the Trek, though the Sirrus looks and feels like a pretty good bike too. I was looking for a bit higher performance bike just for fitness/recreation in urban and trail climbing situations (based in central Tokyo). Thanks for the helpful comment.
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