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Old 10-05-17, 12:58 PM
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Hybrids that lean more to MTB styling

I'm starting to look at replacing my old hybrid with something a bit more modern. I'm still at the initial stages of figuring out which hybrid to get. In terms of styling I want to lean towards something that is slightly more MTB rather than road bike although most of the riding would be on regular roads and cycle paths - smooth and bumpy. A bit of suspension would be good, as would a good turn of speed and the ability to soak up bumpy surfaces.

The ability to accept a rear rack and full mudguards is a must.

It would be ridden throughout Winter so would need to be a tough bike. Budget is up to 1000 GBP. I'm not bothered about a 'complete bike' where all the parts are high quality as I intend to transfer over my saddle, lights, pedals, etc., from my current hybrid.

So, as mentioned, styling leaning more towards MTB than road bike.

Where do I start?
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Old 10-05-17, 01:12 PM
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I owned a Pinnacle Lithium 3 which was a great bike!

might be worth checking this out.
https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle...-bike-EV275575
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Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
I owned a Pinnacle Lithium 3 which was a great bike!

might be worth checking this out.
https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle...-bike-EV275575
That Lithium looks like it would be a great bike for the OP's needs. I was going to recommend something like my Karate Monkey and the Lithium is pretty much an aluminum framed, non-suspension corrected version of my bike.


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@sw20 - that Pinnacle does look great! I could probably do with fewer gears and a double rather than triple crankset. My current GT Zum S2 has a triple and the range is simply never used as I tend not to go off-road.
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Old 10-05-17, 02:13 PM
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Karate Monkey does not like rear racks.
Troll/Ogre can accept both rack & mudguards...

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Originally Posted by ksywa View Post
Karate Monkey does not like rear racks.
Troll/Ogre can accept both rack & mudguards...

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Good point for the OP's purposes. The KM is a dedicated mountain bike and lacks many of the braze-ons that both the Ogre & Troll have.

If I was starting from scratch, I would probably go with the new Troll. I don't like suspension corrected forks and for the style of riding I do, 26" wheels are a blast.
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
regular roads and cycle paths - smooth and bumpy. A bit of suspension would be good, as would a good turn of speed and the ability to soak up bumpy surfaces.

The ability to accept a rear rack and full mudguards is a must.

I'd look for 2 inch (50-55mm) tires and no suspension. With tires that fat on pavement you don't really need suspension. Suspension limits mudguard and cargo options, adds weight and maintenance.
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I'm starting to look at replacing my old hybrid with something a bit more modern. I'm still at the initial stages of figuring out which hybrid to get. In terms of styling I want to lean towards something that is slightly more MTB rather than road bike although most of the riding would be on regular roads and cycle paths - smooth and bumpy. A bit of suspension would be good, as would a good turn of speed and the ability to soak up bumpy surfaces.

The ability to accept a rear rack and full mudguards is a must.

It would be ridden throughout Winter so would need to be a tough bike. Budget is up to 1000 GBP. I'm not bothered about a 'complete bike' where all the parts are high quality as I intend to transfer over my saddle, lights, pedals, etc., from my current hybrid.

So, as mentioned, styling leaning more towards MTB than road bike.

Where do I start?

Can you get this bike in the UK?


Merida Big Nine XT Edition


It has a very similar geometry to the Giant Roam and Specialized Crosstrail, comes with a good air fork and has all the mounting points for fenders and racks at the back of the bike(not sure what the deal is with the front, I can't remember)
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Take a look at the Giant Escape City.
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bi...cape-city-2018

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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I'm starting to look at replacing my old hybrid with something a bit more modern. I'm still at the initial stages of figuring out which hybrid to get. In terms of styling I want to lean towards something that is slightly more MTB rather than road bike although most of the riding would be on regular roads and cycle paths - smooth and bumpy. A bit of suspension would be good, as would a good turn of speed and the ability to soak up bumpy surfaces.

The ability to accept a rear rack and full mudguards is a must.

It would be ridden throughout Winter so would need to be a tough bike. Budget is up to 1000 GBP. I'm not bothered about a 'complete bike' where all the parts are high quality as I intend to transfer over my saddle, lights, pedals, etc., from my current hybrid.

So, as mentioned, styling leaning more towards MTB than road bike.

Where do I start?
Don't know about full mudguards (you'd have to check), but I don't see how you could do better than this -- given what you say about your requirements. Oh, and 100 GBP under your maximum.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/roam-0-disc-2018
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Can you get this bike in the UK?


Merida Big Nine XT Edition
I've found one supplier here: https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Big-...htm?sku=339358

However, the price is very expensive at 2125 GBP.

Looks lovely though!
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I've found one supplier here: https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Big-...htm?sku=339358

However, the price is very expensive at 2125 GBP.

Looks lovely though!

That is the carbon framed version, which until this morning, I didn't realise existed.


The one I was referring to, is an aluminium version and it should be half that price or less.
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
Don't know about full mudguards (you'd have to check), but I don't see how you could do better than this -- given what you say about your requirements. Oh, and 100 GBP under your maximum.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/roam-0-disc-2018
Wow! That's beautiful. i think that will pretty much tick all boxes. I have to wait for supplies to be available in the UK but I'm in no rush to buy.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
That is the carbon framed version, which until this morning, I didn't realise existed.


The one I was referring to, is an aluminium version and it should be half that price or less.
Ah, is it this one? https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Big-...MTB_110618.htm

900 GBP.
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
It is similiar, but it looks like they may not sell the XT Edition in the UK for 2018 and it also looks like they may have removed the rack or fender mounting points on this model you have linked, so it loses its appeal.
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