Giant escape 3 2017 hybrid bike or the Triban 500SE

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Jimmyj84, 26 Feb 2018.

  1. Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    Hi could someone pls tell me which is a better bike between these two.

    Trying to decide which one to go for as a first timer. They are both almost the same price.

    Thanks
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    The one which you enjoy most on the test ride. Better is subjective and depends what you are measuring by

    If new to bikes, buy from a local shop and not online
     
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    They are very different bikes so I think the first thing you need to decide is do you want flat or drop bars. If you've spent any length of time on both you'll know so the fact you're asking the question suggests you haven't.

    I'd say try to get some time on both types, I prefer drops because you have a variety of hand positions to choose from.

    Giant is literally one of the giants of bike manufacturers but Decathlon are giants among retailers so have huge buying power and can put together a great VFM bike. In fact the 500SE is a bit of a byword for ridability in budget bikes and often recommended on here. @Racing roadkill is a bit of a fan.

    Good luck in deciding.
     
  4. pclay

    pclay Über Member

    Location:
    Rugby
    One is a road bike, one is a hybrid. They are not even similar.

    What do you want a bike for?

    Just for riding on the road, get the road bike.

    for going on trails, paths and canal towpaths, get the hybrid.
     
  5. The 500 SE gets my vote, it’s a seriously cracking bit of kit, for the money.
     
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    Thanks. I might go for it. I just need to work on my balance as a first timer.
     
  7. OP
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    Just for riding to uni and around town.
     
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    They seems cheaper online.
     
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  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Yes but you don’t get after sales, such as the 6 week check, troubleshooting, and crucially a chance to testride

    Lots of people make expensive mistakes buying bikes online especially when new (but not only). Are you confident on sizing etc? Can you put the bike together and check
    It all over from the box etc?

    I don’t think there’s any difference price wise with decathlon
     
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  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Get something cheap and second hand and spend a good chunk on two decent locks if leaving anywhere high risk like a university
     
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Have you never ridden a bike before? Get a beater to start
     
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    Btw I just read some posts from the beginners sub-forum suggesting that going for a drop bar bike as a First timer/completely new to cycling ( which i am) isn't safe.

    Is that true?
     
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    I did do a 1 hour lesson with a trainer some months ago.
     
  14. OP
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    Jimmyj84

    Jimmyj84 Member

    What about the Carrera Axle hybrid bike? Its only £180.
     
  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Why not safe? Maybe not sensible in case you don’t take to it or fall off and damage it as well as yourself

    Get a second hand bike to start with.
     
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