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Old 04-21-18, 10:01 AM
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Cannondale CX4 vs Trek Dual Sport3

Hey guys 6 “4” - 5 , 230

I’m also looking at the Marlin 7 because of the 23 inch frame

Thoughts ?

Thx

And what’s your take on hybrids ?
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Old 04-21-18, 04:12 PM
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Have you ridden any?

If you go with the Marlin, ask the shop if they'd be willing to trade the tires for less knobby ones.
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Old 04-21-18, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseyShore View Post
And what’s your take on hybrids ?
This is the hybrid forum, so you'll likely get a goodly number of positive responses to this question.

I see it like this: no matter what your metric is (speed, comfort, on road utility, off road utility, etc), there will always be a bike that is better at it than the one you're looking at in the local bike shop. Unless you're paying tens of thousands of dollars for bikes at the far extreme in any direction, every bike out there represents a certain compromise. The best bike for you is the one that strikes the best balance for you.

A "hybrid" is nothing more than a marketing label, and there are huge variances even within the "hybrid" segment. Some hybrids will be more comfortable than others, some will be faster than others, some will be better on road than others and some will be better off road than others.

You asked specifically about a few in what is commonly called the "dual sport" segment, and nearly every brand makes one of these bikes. Cannondale and Trek do, Specialized does, Giant does, Jamis does, Schwinn does, GT does, etc. In general, for a given price range, nearly any "dual sport" bike will have a similar spec sheet. The biggest difference between the brands, as far as the bikes go, will be frame fit (the basic design and geometry tends to vary slightly among the various brands) and styling (color, graphics, etc). Other differences could include warranty (most brands warrant their frames forever, and parts for less time), service (your local dealer's service policies and customer service will vary), and prestige (some brands have more name recognition and prestige than others).

Do you have a specific "wants list" in terms of components? For example, do you want a certain number of sprockets, do you want a certain type of brake system, do you want a certain color? Do you have a specific budget in mind? Are you limited only to Cannondale and Trek, or are those just the first two you thought of? We may be able to give some more targeted responses with more information about your criteria.
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Old 04-21-18, 06:42 PM
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" We may be able to give some more targeted responses with more information about your criteria."

^ This.

What kind of terrain to you plan to adventure on? For how long? Can you test drive both of these? Is this your first "adult" bike?

I don't think I can mention much more specifics and points than hokiefyd already mentioned. I can just reiterate. The "Hybrid" label covers many many different styles of riding. They can sometimes be a Jack of all trades, but a master of none. Though you can narrow choices down to suit your needs quite well.

I happen to have a DS3 and love it. So I'm going to be bias towards it, and honestly know little of the CX4. The DS3 fits me well. I'm comfortable on it for several hours. I think it looks sharp. I love the Blendr system. I do mostly rail to trails at a casual pace. . Some paved, some crushed limestone, some dirt...with no issues. I've only done some light off road single track so far and was satisfied. Sure I might not be as efficient as dedicated bikes on their intended terrain, but the bike can handle the various terrains exceptionally. Swapping tires to be more specific to terrain appears to go a long way as well.

At this point, I really just recommend you head to the shops. See how the customer service is there. Test drive every thing that your curious about. Ask questions. See how it goes from there.

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After looking at some of your posting history, and learning you own a Verve, I really question your riding intentions with a new bike. Are you looking to replace the Verve or keep it for comfort rides? Are you looking to get an additional bike to go where the Verve can't go? I would think If I had a Verve I'd have the middle ground covered. Going with something leaning more into a specific style or terrain would be my focus. A more drastic difference. The Marlins, X-Calibers, or Roscoes, might be more of what you really want...from the Trek line at least.

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Old 04-21-18, 08:10 PM
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I gave the Verve to my brother
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Old 04-24-18, 08:51 AM
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DS3 is a very nice hybrid bike. I recently bought one and I absolutely love it. Marlin is a different animal. Not really your comfort hybrid bike.
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Old 04-26-18, 06:35 PM
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Test rode both ... damn that DS3 just seems better built ?
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Originally Posted by JerseyShore View Post
Test rode both ... damn that DS3 just seems better built ?

Try out the Giant Roam as well. I test rode the Crosstrail, CX4 , DS2 and Roam last spring. IME Both the Giant and Trek had a more robust offering. The Specialized had a really nice ride though, but all n all felt more like a city bike in comparison. The Roam and Trek have a great ride and more confidence inspiring MTB DNA feels i thought. They cruise fast, agile but also feel strong like bull.
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