Best sub £300 hybrid to buy? Merida Speeder I8, GT Transeo 5.0 or the Trek 7.2 FX 2009

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by razkaz, 1 May 2010.

  1. razkaz

    razkaz New Member

    Heya all,

    New to the forum here and hopefully will be coming back to riding :-)

    My budget is around £300 and I'm primarily looking for a hybrid for riding around town (and a few visits to the park).

    At the moment, I've reduced the shortlist to three: the Merida Speeder I8 (£299), GT Transeo 5.0 (£249) and the Trek 7.2 FX 2009 (£330)

    http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebw...upersetQRY=C224&f_SortOrderID=1&f_bct=c021287

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/transeo-50-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016398

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/72-fx-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016505

    Have any of you had any experience with these? Any other recommendations will also be most welcome! :-)

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    I have a trek 7.1fx, the one below the 7.2. Very nice and done around 2,500 miles on it with little issues.
     
  3. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Carrera Subway.

    26" wheels but a better SRAM groupset, plus you could add sus forks and nobbly tyres and of road on it, or just a set of nobbly tyres.
     
  4. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    I've got a Trek and they're great. But the Merida looks like a real bargain.

    A hub gear bike for £300 is great value. And Merida's, though a lesser known brand, are excellent bikes.

    You'll appreciate the low maintenance of hub gears.
     
  5. ELL

    ELL Über Member

    I have been look at Merinda road bikes for the wife and they seem to be pretty good for the money. I personally hate the look of the GT I know its not all down to looks but I just don't like the frame.

    I know its said a lot on here but have you thought about a 2nd hand bike you will get so much more for your money?
     
  6. OP
    OP
    razkaz

    razkaz New Member

    All - thanks for your replies. I managed to find another place that sells the Trek 7.2 FX but at £299 which makes it more attractive. I *think* I may go with it

    But I'll be interested to go for a better bike - down the 2nd hand way tbh. However, I have to be honest that I haven't been having much luck. I saw a couple on Gumtree and - I guess by the phone behaviour of the "seller" - they seem to be stolen :-(...I'm sorry buying anything stolen just goes against my principals tbh! :ohmy:

    Do you have any recommendations for places to look for legit 2nd hand bikes? Any particular 2nd hand bikes to look out for in £300 range? Does insurance still cover 2nd hand goods I wonder?

    Cheers in advanced
     
  7. bikergaz

    bikergaz New Member

     
  8. bikergaz

    bikergaz New Member

    A Merida i8 for £299...?...where??? The cheapest I can find in £499.....
     
  9. Mike A

    Mike A New Member

    Location:
    South Warwickshire
    Another Trek 7.2 FX rider here... I was lucky to find a lightly used one in my size and great condition (via a local advert in my village!). It's serving me well so far, no problems or issues.
     
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