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$400 Breezer, GT, or Fuji?

Old 04-05-19, 07:57 AM
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$400 Breezer, GT, or Fuji?



I haven't ridden a bike in about a half-dozen years. Prior to that I always had a bike and rode nearly everywhere, light trails, dirt roads, commuting, etc. My last bike was a Trek 6500 with a rack, and I commuted year round on it. I pulled a trailer for grocery runs, and for fun with my then youngest boy. I switched to a job 30 miles away with longer hours and just quit riding.

I'm on the tall side of 40 now, and not nearly as fit as I used to be, but I've got a little more time again. I want to start riding again, and now I have another 2 year old to pull in a trailer. Looking at online options I'm overwhelmed by all the choices. My only LBS is a Trek dealer 60 miles away, I live in a tiny town in a very rural area of Nebraska. I'm buying a Burly Solo and that leaves me $400 for a bike. That's my budget and I'm sticking to it. I considered a Trek FX1, but just not sure I'd be happy with a hybrid, although that is basically how I used my 6500.

I've found some bikes on sale in my price range, GT Aggressor Expert 27.5, Breezer Storm 29 Recruit, Fuji Nevada 29 1.9. I guess these are all sort of XC style rides. I think the Breezer and the GT both have a lockout fork, and those 2 have slightly better groupset, Altus, Acera. The Fuji is full Tourney. They all have disc brakes, but the GT has Shimano Hydraulic Disc. The Fuji and the Breezer are Tektro mechanical.

Any advice or opinions on my choice would be great! Thanks so much for any help!

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Old 04-05-19, 10:50 AM
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I have a fuji Nevada, I have the 1.7 which has hydraulic brakes Acera rear derailleur. Its a fairly decent bike, ill probably go 1x on it eventually. The GT aggressor is a decent bike for the money as well. Breezer is a good brand with a long history. I've ridden bikes from rim brakes mechanical disk and hydraulic disk. by far hydraulic is the way to go but mechanical brakes are workable if that is whats available. I'd suggest sitting on them see how they all feel. all brands have different ideas on sizing in the end what feels comfortable will be a better bike for you.
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Old 04-05-19, 11:33 AM
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Thanks! I really appreciate your input. I'm glad to hear from someone who owns a Nevada.
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