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Old 04-04-13, 06:18 PM   #1
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2013 Trek Verve 2 or 2012 Norco Rideau?

Looking to start riding again. Casual, roads only. Like the hybrid style.

I have test ridden a Specialized crossroads... ok. Tried a $400 Giant today...meh.

I liked the ride of the 2013 Trek Verve 2. $589 ...$50 off next week. Seat shock, front suspension, and hand shifters.

Tomorrow going to a different bike shop to test ride a 2012 Norco Rideau... $400.. trigger shifters, seat shock. No front suspension.

Dont really have any clue about the specifics of the components and their respective quality.

Looking for input on which is the better buy and why.

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Old 04-04-13, 07:23 PM   #2
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update: here are the specs:

Colors Graphite/Metallic BlackPrime Blue/Metallic Blue

Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum

Front suspension SR Suntour NEX, with preload adjust, 50mm travel

Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5"

Wheels Formula alloy hubs w/Bontrager AT-550 36-hole alloy rims

Tires Bontrager H5, 700x35c

Shifters SRAM 3.0 Comp, 7 speed twist

Front derailleur Shimano Tourney

Rear derailleur SRAM X3

Crank Suntour XCC, 48/38/28 w/chainguard

Cassette Shimano TZ31 14-34, 7 speed

Pedals Wellgo nylon platform

Saddle Bontrager Boulevard

Seatpost Alloy, adjustable suspension

Handlebar Bontrager Approved, steel, 50mm rise

Stem Alloy, adjustable rise, quill

Headset 1-1/8", semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings

Brakeset Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes w/Tektro adjustable-reach alloy levers w/Kraton inserts

Grips Bontrager Satellite

Extras Fender & rack mounts

NORCO Rideau 2012


7005 alloy w/comfort stays

Aerodynamic chromoly fork
Rear Shock


Double wall alloy w/CNC side wall 32h - Black

Comfort 700 x 35c
Front Hub

Formula alloy hub - Black
Rear Hub

Formula alloy cassette hub - Black

Stainless spokes - 15 gauge - Black
Shifter Front

Shimano Easy-Fire 51 24speed - Black
Shifter Rear

Shimano Easy-Fire 51 24speed - Black
Front Derailleur

Shimano Tourney FD-M191
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Altus RD-M310 - Black

Shimano CS-HG30 11-32T 8 speed
Bottom Bracket


Shimano Altus FC-M171C 48/38/28T - Black

Resin Comfort pedal w/Kraton grip

KMC Z-72
Seat Post

Alloy suspension seatpost - Black

Norco Classic Comfort saddle

Semi-Integrated threaded - Black

Forged alloy adjustable stem - Black

Alloy comfort high riser bar - Black

Triple density ergonomic w/Norco bar plug
Front Brake

Tektro 837AL-EN V-Brakes
Rear Brake

Tektro 837AL-EN V-Brakes
Brake Levers

Shimano Rapid-Fire 51 w/4-finger levers

Bright Red
Sizes Available

Bike Weight (lbs)

Bike Weight (kgs)

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Old 04-04-13, 11:36 PM   #3
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I'm unsure of the Norco, but over the last 2 weeks I have dissected a few Trek models and I actually ordered a 7.2 FX disc earlier this afternoon. The verve was a bike I looked at along with the 8.2 DS. They are all three somewhat similar, but the 7.2 FX seems to have slightly better components. I think the 7.2 leans more towards road bike with comfort still in mind while the verve leans more towards comfort and less towards all out road. I sat on and took a couple laps around the shop with all three and the 7.2 seems like a lighter, faster bike. Now, it comes in last in terms of the comfort features, but it might strike a good balance for what you are looking for. Despite the MSRP online, I got mine for 549.
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Old 04-05-13, 12:27 AM   #4
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They're not all the much different, mainly you're paying for the suspension fork.

Ride both and see what feels better. If you're just riding on pavement, there's not really any reason for suspension really.
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If you don't ride a lot of rough stuff, or need it for physical reasons, you will be happier WITHOUT front suspension, and will hate that suspension seatpost. GZet them to dump the suspended seatpost before buying. Those cheap suspended seatposts, wear and get wiggly, which is really nasty......................

You might be amazed with the ride and performance of the Trek FX series, namely the 7.2 Disc. It will hold it's value better than the others, as well.
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Old 04-07-13, 05:29 PM   #6
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The Verve sure is a nice bike. I saw them in my LBS, very sharp and good components IMO
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