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Old 06-20-24, 03:07 PM
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I'm a beginner looking to buy my first proper hybrid (I got my first bike from Walmart, with the results you'd expect) and I've test-rode a few models. Any thoughts on the Cannondale Treadwell vs. the Cannondale Quick-5 vs. the Cannondale Quick CX vs. the Fuji Absolute?
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A Walmart bike is a way to go if you want to minimize upfront cost and learn the hard way exactly why quality matters in each component. A Walmart bike that is tuned up and has had all the components replaced with better ones can be a decent bike, albeit not for everyone. Important to note also that by the time you get a Walmart bike running nice, you will likely have spent as much money as if you had simply purchased a better bike to begin with. It sounds like you are planning to abandon the Walmart bike and head in the direction of a new, higher quality bike. Nothing wrong with that decision. Hopefully you got your $99 worth of bike experience out of your Walmart bike and it wasn't a complete waste. Hopefully others can chime in about the pluses and minuses of the bikes you mentioned.
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I doubt that this helps you, but my favorite hybrid is a nineties steel frame Raleigh C30 I got rid of my first one when I started getting some better bikes and spent 2 years finding another one
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Buy the best bike you can, that fits well and is comfortable. Certainly everything you listed would be better than a wally-mart bike but things like Tourney and Altus and Claris are sometimes only minor to almost not all steps up from the drivetrains on the wally-mart stuff. 7 speed came out in the mid 1980s and now we are in the 12 speed era so looking for a bike that is 10 speed in the back on up will give you better performance but also better reliability and ease of use and maintenance. If you have a stricter budget I would stick with 9 speed and above and on anything look for hydraulic disc brakes as well as that generally will mean a modern decent quality bike. Hydraulic disc brakes are pretty low cost these days and ubiquitous. You will be happier long term spending a little more and more disappointed in the lower initial cost bike long term. Short term most bikes are pretty awesome and if you are only needing a bike short term anything from a bike shop is something but long term is a different thing entirely and the money that is "saved" is usually spent back higher so the saving is gone and you are less satisfied.
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Originally Posted by alangoldsmith
I'm a beginner looking to buy my first proper hybrid (I got my first bike from Walmart, with the results you'd expect) and I've test-rode a few models. Any thoughts on the Cannondale Treadwell vs. the Cannondale Quick-5 vs. the Cannondale Quick CX vs. the Fuji Absolute?
Did you decide? Bike fit will be key and those three bikes each have a very different feel.

Treadwell - comfort bike like the Trek verve and Specialized Roll

Quick - hybrid that leans more towards a road bike with more aggressive geometry on the Quick 1-3. Similar to Trek FX series and specialized Sirrus

Quick CX - more on the mountain bike/singletrack spectrum with suspension fork and wider tires.
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