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Old 04-04-13, 10:11 AM
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Was going to pick up Globe Daily-2, now thinking Giant Via-1

Hi,

New to biking as an adult, plan to ride in NYC mainly for recreational (friends, group rides, Non-race) purposes. I like the somewhat classic design so filtered down to these two. I rode 2012 Globe Daily-2 at LBS and had fairly pleasant experience but LBS didn't have it in my size so I they ordered 2013 model which I was going to pick-up in a couple days, with an assumption that riding experience between 2012 and 2013 wouldn't be much.

But yesterday I saw a (the only) review that states the bike rides stiff and has components that come loose. And now I am concerned and thinking if I should forgo Daily and consider Giant Via-1

I am planning to find LBS that carries Giant Via-1 to try out but wanted to get some sense from the broader and more experience audience to see if anyone had any experience with the either or both these bikes.

PS: I would need to carry and hang the bike so 'lightweight' is certainly a preference.

Any input would be much appreciated!

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Just my $.02 about that review;according to Spec's website those Infinitys are high pressure tires,swapping them for some Vittoria Randonneurs,or even just playing with the pressure would prolly fix the ride(you said it rode ok for you). As far as the fenders coming loose;that's why they make Loctite. A little blue Loctite on the fender and rack bolts and you'd be good-to-go.
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Did you like the way the bike felt when you rode it? I personally wouldn't scrap purchasing a bike that I enjoyed riding based upon one review online. As long as it felt good to you, that's the most important thing. As long as you're going to a reputable bike shop that stands behind their stock, should there be problems with components on the bike (as the review said, this is probably the fault of the people who assembled it), you should be able to take it in and have them fix it for you. most LBS will give you a period of free tune-ups/basic maintenance.

I haven't rode either bikes, but try out the Giant. Always good to compare, maybe you'll fall in love with it, or see why you liked the Globe in the first place.
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Big decision!

Buy the one you like the best. Similar, like they ara both fruit. Different, as apples and bananas.
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The concern was that at LBS I tried 2012 and they didnt have it for my size and ordered me 2013, so I thought perhaps there is a huge difference. Hopefully, I will still get an opportunity to try before committing to buy.

I didn't even know that tire pressure could change the riding experience or that the LBS will generally offer some type of tune-up, I will certainly check with them on that as well.

In terms of bike being apple and oranges, I completely agree however, I thought that perhaps (1) A1 Aluminium (Globe) vs 4130 Butted Chromoly (Giant) frame and (2) Steel (Globe) vs 4130 Butted Chromoly (Giant) fork might be a difference in making the bike ride better. But if I understand you guys correctly, I should judge and decide based on how each rides. Are there any specific things you guys suggest I should focus on when trying out?

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Buy the one you like the best, after riding them all. Anything less will disappoint in the long run. Unless you need suspension for physical reasons, or ride very rough surfaces all the time, suspension is just more to go wrong, and saps energy really bad, when you need it the most. I like aluminum frames, but steel always rides better.
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Originally Posted by hellomms
The concern was that at LBS I tried 2012 and they didnt have it for my size and ordered me 2013, so I thought perhaps there is a huge difference.
Check the website for the 2012 and 2013 specs(2012 will be under 'archive'). Sometimes there's a major change in the frame and components,sometimes they just change the color.

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In terms of bike being apple and oranges, I completely agree however, I thought that perhaps (1) A1 Aluminium (Globe) vs 4130 Butted Chromoly (Giant) frame and (2) Steel (Globe) vs 4130 Butted Chromoly (Giant) fork might be a difference in making the bike ride better. But if I understand you guys correctly, I should judge and decide based on how each rides. Are there any specific things you guys suggest I should focus on when trying out?
Steel usually rides better than aluminum,but not always. Cannondale's CAAD series frames ride real nice,many of the cheap fixie bikes on the internet made of hi-ten steel do not. The frame design,fork design,and tires all contribute to a frame's ride quality.

As for what to focus on,just test ride the bike and see how it feels. Try to find a bumpy section of street,some cobblestones,or a brick sidewalk to see how it rides on rough surfaces. Make a couple of sharp turns to see how it handles. Make sure the brakes work properly and try some hills to see if the gear range is what you want.

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I like aluminum frames, but steel usually rides better.
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Picked up the Daily-2 today. Thank you for all your input, its much appreciated! Its a relief to be done with the buying process

A quick summary of experience, I found Daily 2 to be lighter, I'd say probably around a couple pounds. In terms of ride, Via-1 gave a smoother ride on bumps and potholes probably because of Steel alloy. Although initially I thought that the number of speeds didn't matter but I liked that Daily-2 had 8 versus 3 in Via-1 but I liked the IGH in it. While riding Via-1 I had the strangest experience, I felt some type of cyclical resistance (swaying) in the front wheel, initially I thought the tire didnt have enough air but that wasn't the issue. I spoke with the LBS rep who was nice enough to take a ride himself but didn't find anything wrong and said it was just tire grip requires getting used to. Although I was initially leaning towards the Via-1, I half heartedly took the ride on Daily-2 and really liked the ride and brought it home
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Congrats! Now go get some miles on it, often.
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Nice! Pics are always appreciated when someone gets a new bike...
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Giant Via over Specialized Globe

I rode the Via 2 and the Globe 2. I ended up buying the Globe on sale, but would reccomend the Via, as it is way smoother, and with a little work, faster. The Globe has is well laid out ergonomically, but the aluminum ride is harsh and souless. The 125 PSI flack jacket tires are a mismatch here, but they are good tires for another bike.

The stock wheels have garbage hubs and the brakes are cheap forged alloy.

The fenderon the Globe are nice.

Now I put some Neuvation M28s on, and the ride improved dramatically, way faster and smoother.

I reccomend the Via 2 with Neuvation M28s, changed the stem and bars, and you have a budget everyday bike that's quick.
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Nice! Pics are always appreciated when someone gets a new bike...
Yes, pics. The Globes don't get near enough attention...
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