Biking novice needs help choosing a bike!

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by DaveInPA, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. DaveInPA

    DaveInPA New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
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    First a little back history. I'm 26 years old. I raced BMX from the age of 11 until I was 17. That's my biking experience.

    I have been going to the gym faithfully for the past year and have lost 60 pounds in the process. Right now I am 5'10" and 230 pounds (yes I know, lots of weight still to lose!). I want to add cycling to my exercise routine. I love being outdoors but running isn't an option for me due to bad ankles.

    I will be riding almost all road, but maybe the occasional packed trail as well. I went to a local bike shop and found two bikes that got my attention. I thought I'd run this decision by you folks and see what you think.

    The first bike is a 2009 model Trek FX 7.3 that's on sale for $549.99
    Trek Bikes | Bikes | Road | 7.3 FX

    The second is a Gary Fisher Mendota that's on sale for $899.99
    Mendota | Gary Fisher Bicycles

    The guy at the shop told me that the Fisher is more expensive due to disc brakes, a carbon fork, and a couple of other things that I can't exactly remember now.

    Which of those two bikes would you guys recommend for me? I'd like something in the vein (straight bars, etc) since I really don't want to ride in the fully bent over position that drop bars would put me in.

  2. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2005
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    FWIW. I don't own one, but if I were looking for a new bike, this is a bike which would be high on my list of possibilities:



    The retail price for the "base" model is only $550.

    I would recommend that you choose the 17" frame (56cm top tube) in anticipation of a later conversion of the bike to one with DROP handlebars.

    I prefer steel framed bikes AND I know that 'I' could convert the above bike to a pretty nice ROAD bike for about $600 (or, less) which I think would be superior to a $1500+ bike that you would get from a bike shop.
  3. DaveInPA

    DaveInPA New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
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    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately though, there's only on Jamis dealer near me and I refuse to shop there (I know the owner and let's say I don't want to give him or anyone in his family a penny of my money).
  4. jagonz456

    jagonz456 New Member

    Jan 27, 2010
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    I would recommend The Giant Rapid or the fuji absolute. The Fuji is selling for $599 at performance bikes. The trek is a nice bike but Giant and fuji give you better components for less money.

    2009 Fuji Absolute 2.0 Road Bike
    BOTTOM BRACKET: Sealed Cartridge Bearing ST
    BRAKES: Tektro 926AL Mini-V w/ modulator
    CASSETTE: Sunrace 11-32T 9-speed
    CHAIN: KMC Z-9000, 9-speed
    CRANKSET: Truvativ Isoflow C3.0 26/36/48T Chainring
    FORK: FC-990 Fuji Bonded Carbon Trekking w/ 1 1/8" Chromoly Steerer
    FRAME: Fuji Altair 2 Aluminum w/ Tear Drop downtube, Double water bottle mounts, Fuji forged road dropout w/ replaceable derailleur hanger
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore M531, 31.8mm
    GRIPS/TAPE: Fuji Double Density Kraton
    HANDLEBAR: Fuji Double Butted Aluminum
    HEADSET: Tange IS-24 1 1/8" Integrated Road w/ convex hollow Alloy 15mm spacer
    LEVERS: Tektro RT354A
    PEDALS: Fuji full platform
    REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore M531-SGS
    SADDLE: Fuji Sport Comfort
    SEATPOST: Fuji Micro-adjust Aluminum, 300mm
    SHIFTERS: Shimano Deore SL-M530
    STEM: Fuji Adjustable Aluminum, Removable Clamp
    TIRES: Fuji, 700 x 28c
    WHEELSET: Rims: Alex R-500 Double Wall Alloy 32H; Hubs: Fuji Sealed 32H QR

    2010 Giant Rapid 3

    color Silver/White/Black
    size XS,S,M,L,XL
    frame ALUXX butted aluminum
    fork CroMo, OverDrive Steerer
    handlebar Giant Connect, flat 31.8
    stem Alloy adjustable height
    seatpost Giant Connect, 30.9
    saddle Giant Performance Road, Men's or Women's
    pedals Caged w/ Clips
    shifter Shimano R221 EZ Fire
    front derailleur Shimano R443
    rear derailleur Shimano Sora
    brakes Alloy Dual Pivot
    brake levers Alloy
    cassette SRAM PG-830 11/28, 8-speed
    chain KMC Z72
    cranks FSA Tempo, 30/42/52
    bb FSA Cartridge
    rims Giant Sport Road, Double Wall
    hubs [F] Formula Sealed, [R] Shimano 2200, 32h
    spokes Stainless Steel
    tires Kenda Kwest 700x28
    extras Alloy bar-ends
  5. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2005
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    Understood ...

    BUT, I guess I would be willing to travel OR I'd wait until I could locate one on eBay.

    Where in PA are you? I'm going to guess that there are another half-dozen shops which carry JAMIS bikes within a reasonable (THAT's subjective, of course) distance to where you live: