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Old 06-29-14, 12:28 AM
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New to Hybrids and bicycling

Hello, I'm about to start riding on a more serious level and i'm looking for a new bike. I have done some research and came up with a couple of bikes. The Specialized Sirrus Comp Carbon and the Trek 7.7 FX. I know the obvious differences but can anyone tell me if one is better in overall ride quality as well as dependability. If there is something better than these two but in the same price range please let me know.


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Old 06-29-14, 04:23 AM
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Well you're certainly starting at the top of the hybrid food chain - which is probably what I would have done had I known I would love riding as much as I do. Both of these bikes are terrific. A spec sheet won't tell you which one is better for you. Ride 'em and judge ride quality for yourself. I doubt there is any significant difference in reliability. I've taken a quick parking lot ride on the 7.7 and loved it. Haven't been on this version of the Sirrus.
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Yep, you should ride many manufacturers offerings, in YOUR size, and decide for yourself.

Fit is KEY here. The one that fits YOU the best, and rides the best, and looks the prettiest, is the one you want.

You sure are starting at the right end of the lines..................................

Have fun selecting, it will be fun.
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Old 06-29-14, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Chicago Kid View Post
Hello, I'm about to start riding on a more serious level and i'm looking for a new bike. I have done some research and came up with a couple of bikes. The Specialized Sirrus Comp Carbon and the Trek 7.7 FX. I know the obvious differences but can anyone tell me if one is better in overall ride quality as well as dependability. If there is something better than these two but in the same price range please let me know.


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Without having ridden either bike, the disc brakes of the Sirrus gives it the edge from looking at them on the computer screen.

However the 2014 Trek 7.7FX is based on a Madone frame and the 2015 Trek 7.7FX is based on a Domane frame, so the two Trek's will probably feel quite different from each other.
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Old 06-29-14, 08:47 AM
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Based on your profile, you live in an area with a ton of bike shops. Check out the Giant line at Cadence Cycling in McKinney for their comparable carbon bike as well. I believe Richardson Bike Mart stocks the Specialized. You can also check out the line of Fuji bikes at Performance Bicycles (I think there's 3 shops in DFW), althought the top Fuji bike retains the aluminum frame rather than a carbon bike. The two you listed are certainly top notch options.
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Old 06-29-14, 09:24 AM
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But, Performance does offer a carbon bike within their Diamondback line......... priced pretty cheap, too.
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1) New to Cycling - Buy a used bike. Ride it for a year. See what you like/don't like. If it's not perfect, sell it for about what you paid for it. You'll know a ton more about bikes and yourself and will then pick a good one.

2) Serious about cycling - Consider a road bike. I was you, several years ago. Still have my hybrid (great all-around bike), but added two road bikes. If you cover some miles on anything smother than rough gravel, consider a roadie.
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Old 06-29-14, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BaseGuy View Post
1) New to Cycling - Buy a used bike. Ride it for a year. See what you like/don't like. If it's not perfect, sell it for about what you paid for it. You'll know a ton more about bikes and yourself and will then pick a good one.

2) Serious about cycling - Consider a road bike. I was you, several years ago. Still have my hybrid (great all-around bike), but added two road bikes. If you cover some miles on anything smother than rough gravel, consider a roadie.
The OP is considering a "road bike" -- two of them, in fact: Specialized Sirrus Comp carbon and Trek 7.7FX. They just happen to have flat rather than drop bars.
Rant over.
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Old 06-29-14, 02:46 PM
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1) New to Cycling - Buy a used bike. Ride it for a year. See what you like/don't like. If it's not perfect, sell it for about what you paid for it. You'll know a ton more about bikes and yourself and will then pick a good one.
This is very good advice. If you're relatively new into cycling, I don't think I'd drop $1500+ on a bike right off the bat.

I'd think about something like a Jamis Coda Comp (can find for under $700, it's steel, with carbon fork). Ride it for a year and see what you think. If you want to move upscale, cool. You sell it and upgrade and it only cost you a couple hundred bucks to ride for a year. Your risk level is relatively low. Fuji, Raleigh, everyone make a bike in this style.

A Raleigh Misceo 3.0 might be a decent option. Steel fork. Not too pricey. All rounder.

On the high end of what I'd spend in your situation, the Fuji Absolute 1.1D looks like it would work well for you and has pretty good components overall. Should be able to find one under a grand.

Like others have said, fit is key.

I'd try to stay around $750 or less. Ride it. See what you like. Upgrade after a while if you want to. Unless, that is, you have an oil well in your back yard, in which case get a $1.5-2k bike off the bat.

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Old 06-29-14, 02:56 PM
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These are both fine flat-bar road bikes. If you've decided that's the kind of bike you want to buy, you really need to test ride them and see which one you prefer. There really isn't a question of better -- some folks like the look/feel of Trek, some prefer Specialized. Technically, the only difference is disc vs. rim brakes. Again, that's a matter of choice (well, perhaps necessity if you're riding in a lot of wet -- though even then a good rim set-up can manage).

If you go lower on the hybrid line, you really do start to transition from a flat-bar road bike to a "fitness hybrid." The gearing and components will be different (more MTB, less road bike), as will the frame geometry. These are still great bikes -- but a slightly different kind of bike.

So if you know what you want and have the bucks to cover it, test ride these high-end, flat-bar road bikes and buy the one that makes you love it!
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
The OP is considering a "road bike" -- two of them, in fact: Specialized Sirrus Comp carbon and Trek 7.7FX. They just happen to have flat rather than drop bars.
Rant over.
Why does this have to be an US vs. THEM, Hybrids vs. Road Bikes thing (again)? Listen. I HAVE A HYBRID. I rode it today. I happen to own a road bike as well.

The OP wants opinions and advice. I gave mine. How would it hurt the OP to TRY a road bike, as well as some hybrids? If he doesn't like it, I bet you he won't buy it. [/RANT]
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I prefer the SL4 frame to the Trek 3 series frame on the 2014 7.7
You bet I read reviews on frame and stiffness before I plunked down 2k plus for my SL4 Sirrus. I think the SL4 is an awesome frame for being power efficient.
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Old 06-30-14, 05:52 AM
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Amazing that in just about every hybrid thread we have to have a dedicated chant of "youreallywannaroadbike". Please. If in every what-bike-should-I-get? on the road bike subforum you had a small faction showing up to advocate getting a hybrid instead, it would get old really fast. It is beyond old here.
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I don't understand why everyone gets their panties in such a wad over the Hybrid vs road argument!

I happen to love Hybrids; but it is not also wrong to suggest other types of bikes, if they might serve the OP better ---- whatever they may be.

Many times, people are looking at Hybrids, or Cyclocross, or BMX, or whatever. If their quizzing happens to suggest they are looking for anything different than what they are asking about --- there is nothing wrong with quizzing them about their true wants/needs.

I'd much rather see someone happy on any bike, than unhappy with any other bike.

I road road bikes for over 30 years, and bought a Hybrid for increased comfort FOR ME! After realizing that I hadn't ridden my road bike for over a year, I sold it!

We can all get along, respect others points of view, and still try to help anyone in making decisions simply by offering advice. They are then free to decide, using all the info they can absorb and process.

An educated consumer, is a happy consumer!

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Im new round these parts, but not new to forums based on hobbies Im interested in. Finding the right forum is the first thing I do online when checking out a new interest or hobby.

Seems like a lot of people want to never hear the sentence, "Maybe you should get a road bike".

I agree with that to a point, but the reason why I think it pops up in this subforum so often, is because of people asking what they should get for the first real bike.

Majority of people when they buy their first bike probably look to hybrids, because, to a non cycling enthusiast, a Hybrid bike looks like the "most regular bike", as compared to a full suspension mtn bike, or a fancy frame drop bar road bike.

But maybe they're never going to even set rubber to gravel, let alone dirt and roots and trails.. Maybe a road bike IS the right choice. Maybe its not. Can't find out without asking.


Just as a disclaimer, I own a Hybrid. Id like to get a Road Bike down the line, but right now, the Hybrid was right FOR ME. I ride on the road and some trails/off roads too.
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^^^ seems more to me like a lot of people can't conceive that some people are seeking a hybrid bike because that is the type of bike they actually want and the type of bike that best fits their needs. For them, every hybrid intender is a fundamentally misguided soul who deep down really wants a road bike whether they know it or not. Just ridiculous, IMO.

Both hybrids and road bikes can be perfectly valid and appropriate choices for given riders. News flash - the cycling world is not in fact divided between those who ride road bikes and those who wish they did.

I wonder if those wishing to make sure that buyers make informed purchases take the time, in every road bike purchase thread, to fully canvass with the buyer as to whether adequate consideration has been given to buying a hybrid? After all, you don't know if you don't ask? That's a rhetorical question, by the way. I do know the answer.

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^^^ seems more to me like a lot of people can't conceive that some people are seeking a hybrid bike because that is the type of bike they actually want and the type of bike that best fits their needs. For them, every hybrid intender is a fundamentally misguided soul who deep down really wants a road bike whether they know it or not. Just ridiculous, IMO.

Both hybrids and road bikes can be perfectly valid and appropriate choices for given riders. News flash - the cycling world is not in fact divided between those who ride road bikes and those who wish they did.

I wonder if those wishing to make sure that buyers make informed purchases take the time, in every road bike purchase thread, to fully canvass with the buyer as to whether adequate consideration has been given to buying a hybrid? After all, you don't know if you don't ask? That's a rhetorical question, by the way. I do know the answer.
I try to stay away from the road bike forum --0--- they aren't as friendly over there----- MHO
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Well back to the regularly schedule program of the OP..... As mentioned above take a look at both the Diamond Back carbon at Performance and the Giant Escape RX Composite at a Giant dealer. The prices are a little less than the two you are looking at and represent good value. Another BIG plus for me was the addition of rack and fender mounts on both bikes. I think they are the ONLY carbon bikes currently make that way. Good luck with your search and remember the real fun is in the looking as once you buy you and only you need to live with your decision.
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Good luck with your search and remember the real fun is in the looking as once you buy you and only you need to live with your decision.
Looking is fun, but I thought that the real fun was in the riding
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