4 to choose from

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  1. timbopt

    timbopt New Member

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    I am considering 4 bikes and looking for recommendations. I am 5' 10" 230 lbs. Mostly road riding some dirt bike paths but probably nothing too rocky. Looking at:
    Specialized Crosstrail Disc
    Trek 8.3 DS
    Fuji Absolute 2.1
    Diamondback Trace Sport Hybrid

    I'm leaning toward either the Crosstrail or 8.3 DS.

    Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions.
     
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  2. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    Since you're not going to be riding fast on rough terrain I would not buy any bike with a suspension fork, you simply do not need one, plus to get bikes into the sub $1,000 range they give you a cheap suspension fork that won't last long and create problems down the road, and since that cheap fork cost more money than a rigid fork they then give you cheaper components and/or a lessor quality frame.

    So of those 4 that just leaves the Fuji; there is a model of Diamondback that's pretty good to called the Haanjo and the Haanjo Metro.

    Another good one that you didn't mention in your 4 is the Raleigh Furley which has been rated the best cyclocross bike for under $1,000.
     
  3. timbopt

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    Any thoughts ona Giant Seek 2? I have an opportunity to buy a used on.

    [QUTE="Froze, post: 3816789, member: 68602"]Since you're not going to be riding fast on rough terrain I would not buy any bike with a suspension fork, you simply do not need one, plus to get bikes into the sub $1,000 range they give you a cheap suspension fork that won't last long and create problems down the road, and since that cheap fork cost more money than a rigid fork they then give you cheaper components and/or a lessor quality frame.

    So of those 4 that just leaves the Fuji; there is a model of Diamondback that's pretty good to called the Haanjo and the Haanjo Metro.

    Another good one that you didn't mention in your 4 is the Raleigh Furley which has been rated the best cyclocross bike for under $1,000.[/QUOTE]
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  4. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    You do have to be careful buying used, especially with aluminum bikes that nothing is bent, so you have to make sure the front and rear tire are perfectly centered between the fork blades and the rear stays. Make sure there are no dents or creases in the tubing or on the fork. If the bike has a lot of miles on it I would avoid because aluminium does fatigue unlike other materials, so look at the rear and front gears, if they're short and pointy then it has a lot of miles, sometimes just the front will be like that because they replaced the rear gears, so if either or are that way move on.

    According to Bicycle Blue Book if that bike is in near mint condition it shouldn't go for more than $245, if that is the case I would offer $200 IF they are asking $245 and see what happens; if the bike is in excellent condition the most it should sell for is $233 which means I would offer $190; if the bike is less than excellent I'm not so sure I would buy it because it is aluminium and if it's only in good to fair condition that usually means high miles so I would stay away. Whatever price they're at I would offer about 40 dollars less than the asking price and see what they do. The prices I mentioned for selling at (not the bid price) is the most they should be asking, if they're asking $400 walk away or just offer $200 and see what they do, but they'll probably laugh which is fine.

    The bike is about 5 years old and came with low end Shimano Acera components, with low end components the bike isn't worth $400 or even $300.

    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchlistingdetail.aspx?id=24621
     
  5. rz3300

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    Well the good news is that you have options, and that is never a bad thing. I have used Trek for most of my life and have nad little to no issues with them, so it is always hard for me to go against them when recommending anything, but I do have to say that I have heard good things about Diamondback as a company so I am intrigued and wanting to find out a little more about them. Just make sure that you do your homework and find out which one suits you best.
     
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