Newbie.. seeking advice on a hybrid..

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by Inocense, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Inocense

    Inocense New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    2
    [SIZE= 10pt]Over the last week I have read a hundred forum posts and searched for reviews, ratings, etc on bikes. My last bike was a heavier Giant 5+ years old and the frame was WAY too big for me (17" and I need a 15") so I didn't ride it due to feeling uncomfortable. The bike before that was a road bike and before that a Raleigh mountain bike which was also heavy. I believe both mountain bikes had steel frames.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Anyway... The majority of my riding will be done on paved trails and roads but there will be an occasional ride in the forest preserve. I don't plan on jumping any tree stumps or racing up or down any dirt hills so I figured that the hybrid was the best choice for me with what I wanted to do with it... (think the hybrid will be ok on dirt forest preserve trails?)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]After doing much research I have decided against disc brakes and rear suspension. I am still very much up in the air about front suspension and if I were to get it I would want a lockout function (typically available on bikes out of my price range)..[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]PRICE[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] RANGE[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] about $400 USD[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]I want an aluminum men's frame with double wall rims. The LBS's in my neighborhood sell Giant, Raleigh, Schwinn & GT predominantly.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]The last bike I looked at was a Schwinn Sporterra Sport quoted at $419 which included a 10% discount due to it being a 2011. (good price?)[/SIZE]

    They also had the 2011 Schwinn Searcher with fork lockout suspension but it has single wall rims making it the heavier of the 2 Schwinns that I checked out.


    [SIZE= 10pt]I guess what I am asking is if there are other bikes in this price range that I should be looking at aside from this Schwinn. I hate the seat and don’t LOVE the look of the bike but I can change the seat and live with the look of the bike if the function is there…[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt] Soooooooo.. What do you all think?[/SIZE]
     
    Tags:


  2. Dave Cutter

    Dave Cutter Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    603
    Likes Received:
    27
    If you don't love the bike... don't buy it. Break out the yellow pages and check out more bicycle shops. You know what you want... don't settle for less. And... while you look at more bikes keep saving your pennys.
     
  3. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Messages:
    3,233
    Likes Received:
    95
    The main drawback to single-wall rims is their lack of strength, but you're right to insist on double-wall rims. $400 doesn't get you much, especially if you insist on a sprung fork. And at this price, the forks aren't all that great anyway. Without the sprung fork, the 2012 Sporterra looks good with it's 700c double-wall rims. Another bike in this style is the Trek 7.1 FX. If the sprung fork is really necessary, you could be looking at entry-level mountain bikes like the Trek 3500.
     
    Inocense likes this.
  4. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    70
    Hi Inocense and welcome to the Forum. You appear to have a good idea of what you like and need in a bike.

    You may also have limitations in LBS options due to your location. If this is true have you checked out Bikesdirect.com. They have many offerings in your price range and if you or a friend are handy with a wrench they may have what you need.

    Check this link for an example of their offerings and prices you may be happy with what you find. And as always shipping is free in the lower 48.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/galaxy_tour.htm

    Dave/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  5. Inocense

    Inocense New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    2
    I rode a couple different bikes the other day and it looks like so far I am in favor of the 2012 Giant Escape 1 ($499). I also really liked a Specialist bike they had there but it was a bit over my budget. It had perfect tires for what I wanted to do with it but it was around $60 more even though it was on "clearance". I was keeping an eye on bikesdirect.com but the LBS offers 2 or more tune up's if you buy through them and if I go with bikesdirect I think I would be out that money in the future. So I figured the better way to go was LBS. I purchased a speed bike online a few years ago with no problems. Put it together, etc. I just feel that this bike is going to need more tuning and I dont want to be paying $85 to properly tune it after spending $450 or so online. This decision actually took me sometime to get to.


    What do you guys think of SDRAM products? Shimano was on Specialist but it was the entry level and SDRAM was on Giant. Sales guy said that SDRAM was a Chicago based company with great customer service and a good product. Thoughts?


    "bobcat"... The Trek looks pretty nice!.. I will try to find one in stock in my area and see if I can take that one for a test ride..

    Out of these 2 bikes.. Which do you all believe to be better at this point?..

    Giant Escape 1
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/escape.1.w/8909/48620/


    Trek 7.1 FX
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/fitness/fx/7_1_fx#/us/en/model/details?url=us/en/bikes/town/fitness/fx/7_1_fx
     
  6. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    70
    Of the two the Giant is a better value.
     
    Inocense likes this.
  7. DocTDC

    DocTDC New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Inocense,

    For what it's worth, I have a Specialized CrossTrail with entry level Shimano components and it's been super solid for me. Slightly better suited for roads than trails, but works well on both. Also, I've found I RARELY unlock the front suspension, so maybe the suspension isn't so necessary? If you are really riding trails that require a front suspension, something with 26" wheels would probably be more appropriate anyway.

    Good luck!

    DocTDC
     
  8. bikerjen

    bikerjen New Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just bought a Giant Escape 1 W and I love it. I rode the Schwinn Sporterra and at first it seemed OK. But then I tried the Giant and the ride was so smooth and effortless. I tried the Schwinn again (because I didn't want to spend all the money on the Giant), but the feel of the Schwinn Sporterra felt like poorer quality after riding the Giant Escape 1 W. The Schwinn seemed rougher, narrower and I felt smaller and lower on the bike. The Giant felt more stable, higher, and smoother. I liked that I could coast on the Giant after pedaling a little bit compared to the Schwinn. So I bit the bullet and bought the Giant. I love my bike. Whatever bike you get, the woman's bike so that it fits your frame. I rode the men's Giant and immediately my lower back began to hurt after a few minutes because I felt too stretched out. I got the Giant Escape 1 W because it still included the bar across the top so that I could hang in on my car's bike rack. Giant is definitely higher quality than Schwinn. There is an Escape 2 that costs the same as the Schwinn Sporterra. The Escape 2 and Escape 1 are nearly identical.

    Hope this helps!
     
  9. Inocense

    Inocense New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    2
    Alright.. Well I went to the bike shop last week to see the Ariel that the shop just received in my size.. I sat on it, rode it down the block, looked at it a whole bunch and "himmed & hawed" about it.. Ok.. Obviously I didn't LOVE the bike.. I second guessed it and told the owner I would think about it.. I left there and went straight to another bike shop a couple miles away.. A Giant dealer, thanks to fez.. :p
    I had to see what the Giant Roam thing was all about that were also recommended.. All they had was men's frames and a 2011 with SRAM shifters.. It didnt take me long to see that I cannot use SRAM shifters, my hands are too small and apparently my thumbs are too short.. lol... So that took a couple of my options away... I took a chance and ordered a Roam 1 W in a small frame hoping that it will fit in a couple weeks when it arrives, if it doesn,t the bike shop owner said that it isn't a problem and that he will just sell it to someone else and order me the next size up.. So with that being said.. I DID spend MORE than I wanted to.. But.. All in all.. I only spent $30 more than I intended to on the Ariel and I believe that I got a MUCH better bike out of the deal.. [​IMG] Thanks to all for their assistance and guidance!!!! I truly appreciate it!!!.. I have been obsessing over this purchase for a couple months now!... Can't wait until I get it!! Now I have "extra's" to obsess over!.. lol P.S. Here were my final options.. As I said, I went with the Giant Roam 1W... http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=62258&scid=1102&scname=Multi+U se http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/roam.w/9055/48952/
     
Loading...
Loading...