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New bike advice: Cannondale Quick 3/Trek Dual Sport 3/Specialized Sirrus

Old 10-22-19, 07:27 AM
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New bike advice needed: Cannondale Quick 3/Trek Dual Sport 3/Specialized Sirrus

I'm returning to riding after a long pause, seeking advice on a new bike. I'll be riding a mix of pavement, gravel roads, and easy trails (though around here, trails *always* have exposed roots and some rocks). I had a road bike I loved years ago, custom made for a same-sized friend, so I know the advantages of a bike that feels like an extension of me, right-sized and ultralight. I got my current bike hastily, for riding with my kids as they grew up, and it worked fine for short rides on both roads and trails, but I don't like having to lean it way over for stops. I tried a Cannondale Quick (4) that had that was perfectly-sized and delightfully lightweight, but for where I'm planning to ride, I'm thinking some suspension might be better. I'll be riding with my husband who can alternate between his road bike (he's a daily commuter) and mountain bike. I'm considering the 2020 Cannondale Quick 3, the Trek Dual Sport 3, and the Specialized Sirrus (which one?) in part because they seem like a good combination of price and XS women's geometry (I'm just under 5'1"). All three of these are available in my area, though likely not in my preferred size (XS), but I can probably find a S or close model to try out. I would love some advice, particularly on balancing the suspension v. carbon forks, and their relatively suitability as well for longer paved-trail tours. Thanks for any thoughts!

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Old 10-22-19, 12:17 PM
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I can speak to the Quick 3 after 500 miles on a Quick 1 (carbon fork blades, 700x30c tires, and Shimano 105 with 2x11)

I predominantly ride 2-3 miles on surface streets to reach paved trails in my areas. My rides generally are anywhere between 15-30 miles that last approximately 1-2 hrs. At 5'6" I ride a medium frame and was fortunate to purchase it from a friend with 700 miles on it. Since purchased it I added bar extensions which help immensely on longer rides. The only other further change I will make will be swapping out the 700x30c tires for 700x35c tires.

The bikes I considered were Trek FX2 + FX3 Disc as well as other bikes in the Quick line.

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Thanks, that’s good to know. I really liked the Cannondale, so I’m trying to figure out if the suspension fork would be worth the extra weight for the kind of weekend riding we most like - dirt/gravel forest roads, some trails - while during the week I’ll only be on paved roads. Also, whether there’s something about the Sirrus I should be considering - as it seems very similar to the Cannondale Quicks.

The 2020 women's Quick 3 comes with 35c tires - that's another reason I thought I could stay with that, instead of going with the Trek DS3.
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I rode two Trek FXs back to back - FX2 had the aluminum fork and 35c tires and the FX3 Disc the carbon blades and the 32c tires. From that experience and the time on my Quick 1 I have decided to upgrade it to the 35c tires.

From what you have posted, I cannot justify the move to the suspension fork when a carbon fork and 35c tires (or even larger) will adequately do the job.

As for sizes, my wife is 5'2" and rides a small Trek Verve 3. She tried an XS but it did not work.

As for me, I am right on the edge of sizes myself at 5'6" and my Quick 1 is a medium. I tried Cannondale and Trek smalls and they were a no-go. I think sizing might surprise you.
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Yes, sizing bikes is tricky. My Marin's seat needs to be higher but at that point I'd be jumping off while leaning it halfway over at stops. My husband has two bikes for a reason, and it seems I could just go with the Cannondale, and later add a mountain bike if (some of) our destinations demand it. That Verve seems worth a look too though, thanks!
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Verve is a nice cruiser with a very upright position and a smooth, forgiving ride. She's really happy with it and we saved a fair amount by purchasing a 2019 closeout. The 2020 gets 2x10 gears and discs over the 3x8 and rim brakes.
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I can speak to the carbon fork as I had a Quick 7 with a steel fork and then added a 3 with carbon fork blades. I recently sold the 7 as the carbon made a world of difference in spite of the 7 having wider tires. I also have added another Cannondale with 37 tires and a full carbon fork and it is that much again more comfortable. I just could not justify a full carbon frame so that was never a consideration but the tires and fork have made a huge improvement. For me the Trek and Giant felt good but after a longer ride the Quick was the best fit for me. Good luck and try to get a decent time on any bike you are considering as they all feel good for 5-10 min. rides.

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