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Old 04-16-10, 06:03 PM
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For a budget of $1500, what bike would you recommend

Hello,

I am looking to get a bike for fitness purpose (I have a high level of fitness but biking is not my main sport) riding on roads, trails (some paved, some with dirt and gravel and sometimes a few rocks). Thinking an hybrid might be a good compromise or maybe a hardtail mountain bike with 29in wheels (I somehow think that the front suspension could be good as long as long as it could be locked for when I ride on roads). For a $,1500 budget, what would be a few good options. There is so much choices and I am not well eductated in components so I need some help.
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Old 04-16-10, 07:06 PM
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$1500 can gets you pretty much any hybrid's out there. Go to your LBS and test ride some of them. I don't know how much dirt and gravel road you are going to ride but I guess paved road is your main target? If so, get a hybrid instead of a 29er. Don't like the idea of having a bike with suspension as it robs your ride power (energy) .. unless you really plan to do a lot of mountain biking.
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Old 04-16-10, 11:27 PM
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Why not get Both a Hybrid and a Hardtail. I just got a FX 7.1 and looking into a Hardtail to match. With the budget of $1500 Im sure you can get the best of both worlds. If your looking for one good fitness Hybrid look at the Trek FX line up maybe a FX 7.6. Also look into Specialized Sirrus Expert or Comp. So many choices out there you have to shop around and test ride some.

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Old 04-17-10, 06:31 AM
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Definitely get a performance hybrid if you're going to be doing quicker road riding. With 1500$ you could go with a specialized sport (I have one I've drop-barred and like it but anything in a similar vein would be great) and I'm sure you could nab a great used hard-trail 29er for 500$... I can't make any recommendations on that side though.
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Old 04-17-10, 07:49 AM
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I suggest you go straight for a 29er and skip a hybrid.

At $1500, you can get a nice 29er with remote lockout for your front shock.

Since your intent is fitness (not racing or getting somewhere fast) you don't NEED a fast rolling bike on the road.

Perhaps you can pick up some less aggressive tires to mount on it if the ones that come stock are overkill for your trail use. As a side benefit, the 29ers fatter tires will provide a little more comfort since they will likely run lower pressure.

A 29er will absolutely be LESS efficient on pavement than a decent hybrid. This will make you work a little more. Good no?
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Old 04-17-10, 08:01 AM
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Consider a Cross bike - kinda the best of both worlds...... Check out a Specialized Tri Cross - wide enough for wide tires and fenders...
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Old 04-17-10, 08:14 AM
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I would recommend a Felt cross bike.
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Old 04-17-10, 11:33 AM
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A cross bike would be a good choice too. You will likely be limited to a 40c or narrower tire with one though. This may suit you just fine.
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Old 04-17-10, 05:21 PM
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I bought this and love it. Remote lock out. I got it Thursday and I've put around 50 miles on it so far. Great bike.

https://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/montare
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Old 04-17-10, 05:32 PM
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With your kind of money, you could ride the bus!

$1500 for a bicycle!?
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Old 04-18-10, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
With your kind of money, you could ride the bus!

$1500 for a bicycle!?
Not sure which way this attempt at humor is pointing. Unless there's a BowFlex on said bus, I haven't seen anybody improving their fitness while riding one.
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Old 04-18-10, 09:20 AM
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I 'm not sure either.

I would probably get a mountain bike for mixed riding. You don't really need to lock out the fork on road either. It won't be as fast as a cross bike, but a more comfortable ride off road and on road too. Drop bars and skinny tires make you faster but not necessarily fitter. Riding with other people might help you get a good workout. If you want to hang with fast riders on the road, you probably need a road bike. To hang with fast riders off road, a mountain bike is the best choice.

Cross bikes and hybrids in general are sort of a compromise and serve those of us who use bikes as transportation better than they serve those who are riding for fitness. I think a mountain bike is more fun than a cross bike off-road. The cross bike will be faster on road and on some trails and going fast is fun, so if you will be mostly on road, it might suit you, but a road bike fitted with 700x28 tires can handle the occasional unpaved trail if it's not too rough.

Most highly fit riders such as yourself who are riding for exercise prefer road bikes.

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Old 04-18-10, 10:16 AM
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$1500? for one bike? You could easily get two bikes for that price...
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Old 04-18-10, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by mikeshoup View Post
$1500? for one bike? You could easily get two bikes for that price...
That is an option and he could have the best of both worlds, albeit perhaps two lower-end model worlds.

Hopefully you aren't implying that $1500 is excessive for one bike. Obviously, the price of a bike can reach 5 figures.

If one can afford it, so be it. Many people drive BMWs when they could have saved 10's of thousands by driving a Hyundai. And those Hyundai drivers could have saved thousands by driving a used Pinto. But I'm sure you get the point.

Besides, TWO bikes takes up more space. And its generally inconvenient to carry a spare bike on your back if you are going to be doing mixed riding.

So let's try to help the OP out, not judge him on his 'price point'.

I still think a 29er hardtail makes more sense. My second choice would be a cyclocross.
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Old 04-18-10, 08:42 PM
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It was a joke, laugh with me, laugh with me.

(I wasn't implying anything, or judging the OP or anything. I know, the Internet is serious business though)
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Old 04-18-10, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by mikeshoup View Post
It was a joke, laugh with me, laugh with me.

(I wasn't implying anything, or judging the OP or anything. I know, the Internet is serious business though)
Man, you crack me up.

I agree with the cyclocross.
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Old 04-20-10, 03:52 AM
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I couldn't imagine spending 1500 on a hybrid. At that price range you could get a really nice road bike. I've always seen hybrids as for people who don't want to go all out on a road bike but want something kinda fast with a wide range of gears. I definitely don't think of a hybrid as something you would take on trails. If you wanna do trails and some longer road rides maybe take a look at a cyclocross bike. It would definitely be more versatile than a hybrid.
If you want to do lots of trails then I would lean towards a 29er.
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Old 04-20-10, 04:32 AM
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If trails with rocks are in your game, I'd suggest anything less than a hardtail mountain bike would be wrong. Cross? you'll be over the bars on your first down. Hybrid? you'll never make the hills. Get some slicks for when you're only riding asphalt. Keep the knobs for the trails. my opinion anyway.
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Old 04-20-10, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by robertv View Post
I couldn't imagine spending 1500 on a hybrid. At that price range you could get a really nice road bike. I've always seen hybrids as for people who don't want to go all out on a road bike but want something kinda fast with a wide range of gears. I definitely don't think of a hybrid as something you would take on trails. If you wanna do trails and some longer road rides maybe take a look at a cyclocross bike. It would definitely be more versatile than a hybrid.
If you want to do lots of trails then I would lean towards a 29er.
He said he wants one bike that he can do both trails and road with. Obviously a road bike is out of the question.

I think Hybrids have their place in the market: Casual and path riders who don't 'speed'; urban commuters or City riders (me); and for people (like the OP) who want to primarily ride pavement with the occasional easy trail or fireroad. I'd say in any of those cases, a traditional road bike would be an inoptimal choice at any pricepoint.

Higher % road: Hybrid
Even % road: Cyclocross
Higher % trail: 29er
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Old 04-23-10, 11:57 AM
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Fisher Montare could be a good bet
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Old 04-23-10, 12:07 PM
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[QUOTE]And those Hyundai drivers could have saved thousands by driving a used Pinto.[/QUOTE

But they would be very, very nervous while doing so.

Look at a Surly Cross Check, a popular bike model and the company has a good reputation.
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Old 04-23-10, 10:33 PM
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You could look at one of these, a little over budget, but you get to change wheels between 700 and 26", just a thought.

https://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...S-Bad-Boy-Solo
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