fuji cambridge vs raleigh M20

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  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Hi,

    My wife is looking for a comfort bike. The main purpose is just for some very light exercise. We do
    not want to spend too much on the bike. Could someone who owns the above two bikes post your
    personal experience? My wife is about 5'1''.

    Thanks.

    Jason
     
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  2. Rich Clark

    Rich Clark Guest

    "jason" <jmatic00[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi,
    >
    > My wife is looking for a comfort bike. The main purpose is just for some very light exercise. We
    > do not want to spend too much on the bike. Could someone who owns the above two bikes post your
    > personal experience? My wife is about 5'1''.

    The M20 is a little more of a mountain bike (not really, in this price range, but ...) in that it
    has a suspension fork and a rigid stem. It will yield a slightly less upright riding position than
    the Fuji. The Fuji has an adjustable stem, a rigid fork, and a more upright position. (Suspension
    forks are a worthless encumbrance on inexpensive bikes, in my opinion, but they're becoming hard to
    avoid because of market pressure.)

    Raleigh does make comfort bikes -- the "SC " series, like the SC30 -- which are more closely
    comparable to the Cambridge.

    But there's no substitute for test rides to determine what sort of setup will be most comfortable
    and fun to ride. And there's little to choose between brands when comparing bikes in these classes;
    far more important are the differences between bike shops, and how much attention they give to
    fitting the bike to the rider, carefully assembling it and preparing the wheels, and then servicing
    it after the sale. Pick a good bike shop, and the rest will follow.

    RichC
     
  3. Mike Osborne

    Mike Osborne Guest

    I have a Raleigh SC 40 from a few years ago. It is a nice, well made bike,at a reasonable price.
    Mine has a suspension seat, but I see the new ones have a suspension fork, also. Good wide gearing
    ratio, too. HTH Mike

    "Rich Clark" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "jason" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > My wife is looking for a comfort bike. The main purpose is just for some very light exercise. We
    > > do not want to spend too much on the bike. Could someone who owns the above two bikes post your
    > > personal experience? My wife is about 5'1''.
    >
    > The M20 is a little more of a mountain bike (not really, in this price range, but ...) in that it
    > has a suspension fork and a rigid stem. It will yield a slightly less upright riding position than
    > the Fuji. The Fuji has
    an
    > adjustable stem, a rigid fork, and a more upright position. (Suspension forks are a worthless
    > encumbrance on inexpensive bikes, in my opinion, but they're becoming hard to avoid because of
    > market pressure.)
    >
    > Raleigh does make comfort bikes -- the "SC " series, like the SC30 --
    which
    > are more closely comparable to the Cambridge.
    >
    > But there's no substitute for test rides to determine what sort of setup will be most comfortable
    > and fun to ride. And there's little to choose between brands when comparing bikes in these
    > classes; far more important
    are
    > the differences between bike shops, and how much attention they give to fitting the bike to the
    > rider, carefully assembling it and preparing the wheels, and then servicing it after the sale.
    > Pick a good bike shop, and
    the
    > rest will follow.
    >
    > RichC
     
  4. Grl

    Grl Guest

    A suggestion:

    Examine the bikes you mentioned, carefully, and get the best price quote you can on the one you like
    at local bike shops. Then go to a Dick's or Dunham's sporting goods store and take a look at the
    Mongoose Switchback models they sell. There are 3 models in that series ranging from $185 to about
    $250 in cost with steel and 7005 aluminum frames. Give these a careful examination, too, and then
    decide if the price difference is supported by the difference in the bikes you've looked at. If you
    don't know what to look for, as the person in the bike shop what to look for. He should be happy to
    tell you to get your business.

    My boss just bought a Switchback Al model for $185 at Dick's. The level of quality of the bike is
    just shocking for this kind of price. I mean really good! The bike comes with a 30-day
    adjustment, too.

    Simply amazing.

    - GRL

    "It's good to want things."

    Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, humorist, chemist, Visual Basic programmer)
    "jason" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi,
    >
    > My wife is looking for a comfort bike. The main purpose is just for some very light exercise. We
    > do not want to spend too much on the bike. Could someone who owns the above two bikes post your
    > personal experience? My wife is about 5'1''.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Jason
     
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