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Old 09-16-12, 03:22 PM
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2013 Giant Roam 3 - opinions

I got a Trek FX 7.3 in early summer and I've really been enjoying it and biking a lot. Mostly on roads but a few rail trails as well. It's a little tough on the trails with all the vibration plus I'm concerned I'll screw up the bike since it wasn't designed for that.

I'm interested in something with a suspension fork for rail trails and the like and I rode this 2013 Giant Roam 3 bike and it felt really good. Looking to probably add, not replace or alter my Trek.

I can get it for $450 at a lbs and I tried the Trek DS series and Specialized Crosstrail Sport and like this better. I'm perfectly happy with v brakes for what I'll be doing. Also good to have another quality bike around in case on of my sleep-late teens will join me.

I thought about putting a suspension fork on my 7.3 to avoid buying another bike but I don't want to change the feel of the Trek.

What do you guys think? Any advise?
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Old 09-16-12, 03:48 PM
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Here is the link.... https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...3/11508/55861/
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If you like and can afford it, then get it. At least the fork has lock out for the times you take it on the streets.
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Definitely do not put a suspension fork on the Trek 7.3, it will screw up the geometry because the front end will be lifted an inch or two. All the angles will be off and then you still can't put big tires on the back.

Something else to consider is a cyclocross bike and you can replace your 7.3 with it too. It will take a beating off-road and with road tires it'll be zippy on pavement. As long as you're not intentionally making the tire leave the ground, I think a cyclocross bike would work, but it would also be close to $1000.

Something else to consider would be maybe a Marin Muirwoods 29er or maybe a Raleigh Misceo 1 or 2. If you install some bigger tires and lower the pressure you can get either one to ride decently on dirt and gravel without the compexity of suspension. I know the Marin Muirwoods can fit 50mm tires and maybe the Raleigh too.
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Definitely do not put a suspension fork on the Trek 7.3, it will screw up the geometry because the front end will be lifted an inch or two. All the angles will be off and then you still can't put big tires on the back.

Something else to consider is a cyclocross bike and you can replace your 7.3 with it too. It will take a beating off-road and with road tires it'll be zippy on pavement. As long as you're not intentionally making the tire leave the ground, I think a cyclocross bike would work, but it would also be close to $1000.

Something else to consider would be maybe a Marin Muirwoods 29er or maybe a Raleigh Misceo 1 or 2. If you install some bigger tires and lower the pressure you can get either one to ride decently on dirt and gravel without the compexity of suspension. I know the Marin Muirwoods can fit 50mm tires and maybe the Raleigh too.
I was thinking of a cyclocross bike but I really like the Trek and for the same money I can have two good bikes. I tried out the Muirwoods before I bought my Trek and I think a suspension fork is the way to go on gravel trails. The Misceo is carried by another lbs by me but one has no suspension fork, one has it but non-lockout, and the other with what i want is $200 more than the Roam 3. I'd like to ride one but they didn't have any in stock for a couple more weeks. Might wait till they do and try one.

Do the components on the Roam 3 look decent enough?
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I have the 2012 Roam 2 and it's a fantastic bike to ride on the street or light duty trails.Difference is it has a rear sram x4 vs. the 2013 model .I cant speak for you but in my opinion I think you'll enjoy the bike and appreciate it on light trails. Plus, $450.00 is a great price. I paid $ 529.00 for mine. When money permits I'm wanting to copy you and get a Trek 7.3 or Giant escape 1 as an alternative to the Roam .
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Originally Posted by twc5964 View Post
I have the 2012 Roam 2 and it's a fantastic bike to ride on the street or light duty trails.Difference is it has a rear sram x4 vs. the 2013 model .I cant speak for you but in my opinion I think you'll enjoy the bike and appreciate it on light trails. Plus, $450.00 is a great price. I paid $ 529.00 for mine. When money permits I'm wanting to copy you and get a Trek 7.3 or Giant escape 1 as an alternative to the Roam .
I ended up getting a 2013 Giant Revel 0 29er. I decided that i didn't want to have two bikes that were so similar in nature. The 29er has been great and is very versatile. I have two great bikes.
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There are times I miss having a decent mtn bike.I really miss having a bike that can take some punishment(compared to my Roam).I'm wondering with the gearing on the Revel O if you can still get up some speed on the pavement and still be a decent street cruiser ? Years ago, thats all I used were mtn bikes for trails and pavement.When I get another bike I dont want suspension forks.So,I may stick to my plan after X-Mas and get a 7.3 fx or an Escape for light recreational street duty.
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Originally Posted by twc5964 View Post
There are times I miss having a decent mtn bike.I really miss having a bike that can take some punishment(compared to my Roam).I'm wondering with the gearing on the Revel O if you can still get up some speed on the pavement and still be a decent street cruiser ? Years ago, thats all I used were mtn bikes for trails and pavement.When I get another bike I dont want suspension forks.So,I may stick to my plan after X-Mas and get a 7.3 fx or an Escape for light recreational street duty.
Because it has the 29" wheels, it can definitely cruise. I did About 28 miles with it on the Henry Hudson trail which is paved and had a great Ride. That's exactly why I bought it......for its versatility. The 7.3 is definitely more for the street but I do plan to put a hardier tire on it for when I use it on rail trails and my son is riding the Giant.

But if you told me I could only own one bike........I think the Giant would be it.
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Have you had any front derailleur problems on the 7.3 ? Is it a fantastic street bike ? The nearest bike shop for me mainly carries Trek. I really want an Escape but that dealer is over 25 miles from my home,however,they are wonderful to me as a customer.
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Have you had any front derailleur problems on the 7.3 ? Is it a fantastic street bike ? The nearest bike shop for me mainly carries Trek. I really want an Escape but that dealer is over 25 miles from my home,however,they are wonderful to me as a customer.
Nope. No problems at all but I only have about 300-400 miles on it. Are they known to have problems?

I like the bike a lot and I'd buy it all over again. Is it fantastic? I have no real frame of reference. I would Imagine that a Bike that costs twice as much would be better.

Going 25 miles to get the bike you really want is nothing. Go get it.
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