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Old 10-02-17, 09:53 AM
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Hybrid Purchase query

Hi All,

Please go easy on me as I'm new here and looking to buy my first hybrid.

I just cycle for my commute which is only a few miles of cycle path (bumpy and rooty as that may be). I want something that's fast with thinnish tyres.

I have been into a local reliable bike shop and been suggested the following hybrid bikes:

Adventure Stratos
Ridgeback Motion
Carrera Crossfire 1

I think the Adventure Stratos is the one I'm going to go for, but I'm making a complete un-informed decision based on my lack of knowledge. I can't afford to spend any more than about 300, so please could you guys advise me?

Cheers,
Josh.
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I would personally not go for the Carrera Crossfire 1 due to the front suspension. I only like suspension on my mountain bike.

I don't know enough about the other two to compare, but I do see that the Ridgeback Motion is 350 (over your budget by a decent amount).
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Originally Posted by joshskey View Post

I just cycle for my commute which is only a few miles of cycle path (bumpy and rooty as that may be). I want something that's fast with thinnish tyres.
A fast bike with thin tires, for a very short commute on a very bumpy surface, that's not going to work l am afraid. You need to do a lot of research, I would suggest you read here and even the mountain bike forum. Take your time and wait until you have a good understanding of the basics of suspension, tire widths and pressures for given surfaces and then start looking for a bike that suits. the time spent will be well worth it
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Your cycling environment (bumpy off road) and stated desires (fast with thin tires) may not go together well. Shorter rides on bumpy surfaces seem like the perfect application for a suspension fork. I have two hybrids that I ride regularly, one with a suspension fork and one with a rigid fork. I enjoy both for different reasons. The one with the suspension fork is supremely comfortable, and I enjoy it for that. The one with the rigid fork feels more connected to the road and feels faster (even though my average speed on both bikes is similar), and I enjoy it for that. It's hard to get it all in one bike, especially at the price we're paying for entry to mid-level hybrids.

Have you had an opportunity to ride your top choices yet? I would do that -- go to your bike shops and ride what they have. Ride as many bikes as you can and keep your mind open to suggestions they might have for you. It may be a mountain style bike that is best for you. You can get a lot of comfort for your trails on a rigid mountain bike with 27.5" tires (584mm rims), vs. the 28" tires (622mm rims) found on most hybrids.
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As an alternate to the above opinions, I counter with Paris-Roubaix.

Make sure your wheels are robust enough for you, and that your tire pressures are right...and ride.
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Paris-Roubaix is a legendary race, noted for its extreme surfaces and test of both rider and equipment durability.

Why anyone would want to emulate that type of torture on a daily commute is something I cannot fathom, but there may be some out there...
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can you rent bikes & get some mileage to help you decide what you like? usually rentals are comfy for most ppl
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Originally Posted by joshskey View Post
Hi All,

Please go easy on me as I'm new here and looking to buy my first hybrid.

I just cycle for my commute which is only a few miles of cycle path (bumpy and rooty as that may be). I want something that's fast with thinnish tyres.

I have been into a local reliable bike shop and been suggested the following hybrid bikes:

Adventure Stratos
Ridgeback Motion
Carrera Crossfire 1

I think the Adventure Stratos is the one I'm going to go for, but I'm making a complete un-informed decision based on my lack of knowledge. I can't afford to spend any more than about 300, so please could you guys advise me?

Cheers,
Josh.
I would forget all of the above and look at one of these!

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-5...d_8322664.html

or if you could stretch your budget, this is a steal, carbon forks with Sora 9 speed groupset!

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-5...d_8322799.html
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