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Old 12-08-12, 03:42 PM   #1
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Cannondale Quick Cx3 vs. Specialized Crosstrail sport disc vs. Trek DS 8.4

Replacing a 15 year old GT Timberline and getting back into biking after much time off. I think I will primarily split time between pulling two kids in a Trek GoBug trailer around town and quicker on road fitness jaunts to get in shape. I would love to discover some hard pack trails as well but currently don't know of many. My budget is around $850 or less. Most important to me are:

robustness. I am 195 pounds. 6' tall
Brand Quality
Component quality

To date have preferred the Cannondale Quick CX3 and have ridden it. But it looks as if the Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc and Trek DS 8.4 may both have Better all around specs.

Best prices I have for each.

Cannondale. $769
Trek. $820
Specialized. $829

For basically what amounts to a recreational rider in reality, should I worry about Acera vs. Alivio vs. Deore? I'm kind of hung up on that thinking it will make a difference. But extra cost comes with it. Doesn't help that the Cannondale I rode had Acera and didn't shift well but could have been slapped together to get on the floor and not tuned great either.

Also looking for pros and cons on hydraulic vs. mechanical discs for maintenance etc. the Cannondale had mechanical and even on a full strength lever pull, the stopping distance was NOT impressive. But again perhaps not set up properly by mechanic who built the bike.

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I have a DS and really like it. I spent a lot of time trying to decide between the DS models and the CrossTrail models. Both appear to be great bikes but I went with the DS and never looked back.
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Spec wise they seem pretty equal. Really your best bet is to test ride each one and decide which fits/feels best.

Mech vs hydro: hydros need less regular maintenance,and have better feedback at the lever,while mechs are easier to work with and cheaper when they do need repair. Hydros are fine as long as you keep up with them;on a street bike you'll want to bleed them every other year. I personally wouldn't choose or not choose a bike just because they had hydros or mechs. The issues with the C'dale were prolly that they weren't set up right(also the shifting prob you saw,floor bikes aren't always 100% until they're about to be sold) and that the pads hadn't bedded in yet.

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