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Old 06-18-05, 04:50 PM   #1
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advise, please: K2 or not K2 vs. Marin, Trek 7200FX, et.


I'm in the market for a new bike and am willing to spend up to about $400 for an entry-level hybrid. I've been to at least 7 local bike stores in Chicago and have test-ridden Treks (7200FX and 7200), a Bianchi Avenue, a Marin Larkspur, a Giant Cypress, and a couple of others. But the bike that felt the best to me and really seems to fit me the best is one I found in a sporting goods store (Play it Again Sports). It's a K2 Alturus 2.0, new-- for $350--and again, it just seems to fit me better than anything else I've tried. It's not the fastest or lightest bike I've tried (although it's not the heaviest or slowest, either), but I've ridden it twice now--and I find that I really enjoyed it both times.

I should add that I had a nerve inquiry in my left arm recently, so my left arm/hand is especially sensitive to being bumped/jostled around. The K2 handlebars seemed to be placed at just the right height and be of just the right width to make my arm/hand comfortable. The handlebars are pretty upright, but not completely so. I should also add that my wrist/arm started hurting a bit after riding the Bianchi Avenue--perhaps because it has no front suspension and lower or straighter handlebars (I think). The Trek handlebars didn't fit me that well either; I know they can be changed, but I don't want to necessarily buy a $300+ bike, only to find they still don't quite fit.

I mentioned this brand (K2) to bikesellers at a couple different local bike shops (lbs). One of the bike experts said K2 was known for skis and pretty good mountain bikes--but that they didn't know much about their hybrids. The other bike "expert" sort of laughed when I mentioned the K2 and dismissed it as a "big box" bike.

Help!! I'm very tempted to buy the K2, as it's in my price range and seems to fit me (and accomodate my hurt arm) quite well. Plus, I actually like the color (not just black or gray, like everything else seems to be). I'll be using it primarily for paved roads and bike paths--maybe a few dirt or gravel paths along the river.

Is the K2 simply a piece of junk? I can't find much info. on them anywhere. Someone must ride one or know someone who does...right? I know that everyone constantly recommends buying from a lbs--and this one only seems to be available at this sporting goods store. I have to say, the sales guy there, however, does seem to know his stuff and has promised a free tune up. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm hoping to finally buy something really soon, since there's probably only about 6 good weekends left this year in Chicago.

Many thanks!!
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Old 08-24-05, 07:17 PM   #2
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Buy whatever fits best don't worry about ounces or components too much. If a bike doesn't fit right it doesn't matter how nice the components are or how light it is because at the end of the day your back will still hurt and you'll end up riding less.
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Sounds like the K2 is your next bike. Happy Trails!
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I tested out a couple of K2's and liked them very much. I put a downpayment on one but the lbs got backordered so I ended up not buying it. I think you will be just fine with it.
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K2's are excellent bikes. I have a K2 Mod road bike and my son has a Zed2 mountain bike. They hold their own with my Cannondale and my nephew's twice as expensive Specialized has the same components as my son's bike and the weight is about the same for both bike. So, in a nutshell, you get more bike for your money with K2. They aren't as well known yet as some of the bigger named bikes, but my personal experience has been excellent and the reviews I have read, 99% are positive.

We bought out K2's from a bike shop who's owner is a World Record Ultra-marathon cyclist. He KNOWS his stuff and knows quality.

Good luck
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Where did all of these old threads come from?
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