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Old 05-04-10, 06:02 PM
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1st 'adult' bike..few questions about Hybrids

Looking at two bikes recommended by my LBS owner. Trek 7100 and the Navigator. I went to the LBS to inquire about a bike for bike paths and neighborhood street/short distance commuter riding, but also wanted a bike that could go 'off-road' some. To explain a little more just a bike where if I am riding in a neighborhood or on a path and see a little dirt trail off course I would be able to travel and 'explore' and take shortcuts through fields/gravel pathways.

Price range is 300-450, but can go higher if it is best for me in the long run. My LBS owner said he wouldn't recommend the 7100 for gravel/dirt off road, but I read here that is okay. I was leaning toward the Navigator with his recommendation. but if the 7100 is suitable for some dirt/gravel shortcuts then I would rather get it. I also read that the FX series is a good bike for hybrid activities .. would this fit what I plan to use it for? I don't plan to off road hill jump or any of that, just the occasional short cut, grass/dirt field, or gravel path.

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I think the recomendation is being made mostly due to the difference in wheels & tires. The Navagator has a mountain bike package 26/1.95 That would be more appropriate for your off road excursions especially the gravel. The other two choices have 700c rims tires. My Cypress has 700/40 tires and I'm a bit nervous coming down my gravel drive with it. Doesn't sound like you are going long distances on pavement so the wider tire package may not be much of a factor there but would be more stable in the rough stuff. Your personal riding ability may factor in also. Some young experianced guys could probably ride anything through the rough stuff. At 57yo I'm not so graceful.
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my girlfriend rides her 7100 wherever our travels take us...of course we ride mostly on a fine gravel canal path. You could get cyclocross tires for the 7100, and it would handle off-road a bit better...

But, I agree that is sounds like you need more of a mountain bike, or at least the tire size. 26" wheels will give you a lot of tire choices, especially for exploring any path that comes along. I ride my mountain bike on the gravel, and, to be honest, I feel very in control.

I would at least go with the Navigator 2.0, at $439.99 MSRP, however personally I believe the Navigator 3.0 is worth the extra money at $569.99. The 3.0 has 8spd set up, which is easier to find parts for, and it has a real cassette, not a freewheel. I do understand budgets though, and the 2.0 would be just as good of bike, but I prefer 8spd myself. The 3.0 also has lock-out on the fork, which will allow you to lock the fork to rigid for on-road, and flip it to suspension for off-road. 3.0 also has, IMO, better rear derailleur.

Either way, make sure the tires that come on the bike will do what you want. The Navigator 1.0 and 2.0 come with what look like fat slicks. The 3.0 has a little more in the way of knobs, but you MAY want more...and the stock tires might be fine That is something you may not find out until later down the road.

Specialized has the GLOBE Carmel, in both 26" and 700c versions. I think the Trek is a slightly better deal, and I am am a huge specialized fan, although Trek is equal, in my mind

Make SURE you take the bike for a good test ride before buying. 30 minutes if possible. That is the only way to ensure it feels right to you
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