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New to Cycling - Please help me decide which hybrid to buy!

Old 04-23-08, 10:03 AM
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New to Cycling - Please help me decide which hybrid to buy!

Hello Folks,

I'm sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place, but I figured since I'm going with a hybrid and didn't see that listed as an option on the forums, I thought this was the best plac to post.

I just purchased a 2006 Gary Fisher Zebrano at a very well-known Chicago cycle shop. I paid $327 for the bike (on sale) and am somewhat happy with the bike, however I do not like how the bike takes bumps. There is no suspension on the fork of the bike, perhaps that is what I need. I'm no cycling guru - yet - but I purchased a mountain bike from Target (for approx. $159) about three years ago and feel like that one rode so much more comfortably than this one...and at that price, I feel like it should ride great, in comparison.

Luckily, the cycle shop has a 7-day return policy, where I can bring the bike back with the receipt for a full refund.

My question is - should I go with the Gary Fisher Zebrano S (comes with the suspension fork) OR should I just go with the TREK 7100? I was told by the salesman that the GF has better parts (derailer and shifters) so I'm just curious what you all think.

I appreciate your help in advance!!!

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Hi Kate,

How about go take the Zebrano S and/or the Trek for a test ride, and make sure it handles the bumps the way you prefer, before you take your bike back?

It is true that the S fork adds cost, so at a given price point they have to use cheaper parts elsewhere.

But most important is that you enjoy riding the bike, so you'll ride it!

There may also be some skill / technique learning curve going on here. When riding a bike without shocks (a "rigid" bike), your arms and legs become the shock absorbers (along with the tires of course). So when you hit a bump, have your elbows slightly flexed to absork the bump. Same with your legs - think of yourself as lifting your butt off the saddle ever so slightly when you hit the bump.

If you ride along with elbows locked (bad!) and full weight on the saddle... well yeah, bumps are gonna bug ya.

Have fun.

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Ok...I'm just speculating here, but if the OP purchased this Gary Fisher bike from "the well-known Chicago cycle shop" that I think she did, they don't have a "test-ride before you buy" policy. Silly, I know! It's the only reason I refused to purchase a bike from them. They have awesome prices, but their no test-ride policy definitey sucks - if this is indeed, the LBS that I'm thinking of...if it's not the place I'm thinking of...then my apologies. They have a 7-day full refund policy and a 30-day exchange policy. So...in essence, you must first purchase the bike, THEN ride it around to decide if you want to keep it or not. Pretty lame if you ask me.
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they don't have a "test-ride before you buy" policy.
That's the craziest thing I have ever seen about a local shop. Are they in a bad neighborhood or something?
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If the OP was a guy, the OP would be FLAMMED for this post. Just saying.

Get a bike without Suspension. I did what you did; bought a hybrid (Albeit much "better") After 3000km of riding I can't stand the suspension. You loose SOOOO much speed and the ride is not that much better. Spend $200 on better cycling clothes.
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You can't ride it before you buy it? That's bizarre.
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If the OP was a guy, the OP would be FLAMMED for this post. Just saying.

I nominate this thread for the coveted BF Hanging Curveball Award. And Pcad will demonstrate his magnanimity by taking the pitch.

Strike One.
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Lots of good advice about handling bumps. I'm willing to bet (no $$$) the mountain bike had fatter tires then the Zebrano. I moved up to 700x42 from 700x35 and the ride is smoother.
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Try the commuter forum.

Suspension is for wussies.

Flat bars are not acceptable in this dojo.

Unless you care about the weight of your bar tape, this is not the forum for you.

Go sell crazy someplace else we're all stocked up here.
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There may be too much air pressure in the tires. If you weigh less than the average male and your hybrid has decent size tires, > 30mm, you may need only 50 lbs pressure or less. Here is a chart, the wheel load is for one wheel so take your weight plus the bike's weight and divide in half to get the number to use for wheel load along the bottom of the chart.
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To simply answer your question, I recommend the Trek 7.0 series. It is a solid bike that is built to be a commuter - it has a suspension fork so your ride quality will be smoother.

*note: I rode a 7.3 FX for many years and loved it, but this model does not have the suspension fork. However, it was (and still is) a very high-quality bike and I put 10k miles on it without any real problems. I would recommend getting the Trek 7.3 (with suspension, if you are sure that is what you want.) At the 7.3 price range you upgrade to Shimano Sora parts, which are lightyears better than what they will put on a bike at Target. Anything lower than 7.3 and you see a significant decline in component quality.

Basically, if you are buying a higher quality bike from a local bike store, you should expect to see Shimano Sora components or better. These are (mainly) what you are paying all that extra money for.

(Also: Ignore most of the people on this forum. If you are not interested in speed, there is no reason not to get shocks. It is a more comfortable ride; there is no denying it. However, most of the people on this forum are addicted to speed - myself included - and thus see nothing more valuable on a bike than how fast it allows us to move)
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