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What bike should I choose?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Stradders, 6 Jun 2008.

  1. Stradders

    Stradders New Member

    Hi I am in the process of buying a new bike and I have been looking at a Specialized Globe Sport and a Giant Escape R2. I have been for a test ride on both and still can't make up my mind although the giant seemed a little quicker. I tend to go road cycling and will be cycling London to Paris in the summer if thats any help. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    It really is up to you in a way, as what you think looks and feels good is generally the bike to buy. For me I'd go for the Giant but then I'm a bit of a Giant fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I'd go for Giant, but then i'm a Giant fan.
    Giant(if i am right) makes most of Specialized frames anyway, so its probably a Giant anyway.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Stradders

    Stradders New Member

    I have tried to find out if it is true that Giant make the Specialized frames as I have been told that before but it is still rather sketchy.
    I don't really know about specs but I have been told the Giant's got better brakes but the rear gear mech of the Specialised is a model up in Shimano's range and the Specialized has better tyres. (By the way, prices are the same). Anyway, I have tried to list all the known specs of both bikes for those of you who do understand:

    1st - Specialized Globe Sport
    2nd - Giant Escape R2
    REAR BRAKE
    Specialized V-Brakes
    Hayes MX4 mechanical disc, 152mm rotors
    BRAKE LEVERS
    Specialized V-Brake
    Shimano, integrated with shifters
    FRONT DERAILLEUR
    Shimano FD-M310, 31.8mm clamp
    Shimano CO51
    REAR DERAILLEUR
    Shimano Alivio RD-M410
    Shimano Acera
    SHIFT LEVERS
    Shimano SL-MC40
    Shimano Shimano EZ fire 50 24 speed
    CASSETTE FREEWHEEL
    SRAM PG-830, 8-speed, 11-32t
    Shimano HG30 11-32
    CHAIN
    KMC X8, 1/2" x 3/32" w/ reusable Missing Link
    Shimano HG50
    CRANKSET
    Shimano FCM-341, alloy outer ring
    Shimano FCM191 28/38/48
    CHAINRINGS
    48Ax36Sx26S, Super Shifter III, w/ chainguard

    BOTTOM BRACKET
    Shimano BB-UN-25, cartridge bearing, 68 x 113mm
    Cartridge

    PEDALS
    Globe anti-slip composite
    Wellgo platform
    RIMS
    Specialized/Alex Globe, 700c, 32h, double wall w/ machine sidewalls
    Alex ACE 18 700c
    FRONT HUB
    Specialized, forged alloy, 32h, polished races, steel QR
    Formula
    REAR HUB
    Shimano RM-30
    Formula
    SPOKES
    1.8mm (15g) stainless
    Stainless steel
    FRONT TYRE
    Nimbus Sport, 700x35c, 60TPI, Flak Jacket
    Maxxis Columbiere 700x32mm
    REAR TYRE
    Nimbus Sport, 700x35c, 60TPI, Flak Jacket
    Maxxis Columbiere 700x32mm
    TUBES
    Specialized 700c, schrader valve

    SADDLE
    Specialized Sonoma, 155mm width
    GIANT
    SEAT POST
    Alloy, 27.2 post, two bolt head
    GIANT A3 aluminium
    SEAT BINDER
    Specialized forged alloy

    NOTES
    Chain stay protector, chain catcher, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual

    FRAME
    Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum trekking design, fully manipulated tubing w/ fender and rack braze-ons
    ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed

    REAR SHOCK
    N/A
    N/A
    FORK
    Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum steerer and lowers
    CroMo rigid
    HEADSET
    1 1/8" threadless, integrated

    STEM
    Specialized 3D forged, two bolt, 25.4mm
    Aluminium ahead
    HANDLEBARS
    Specialized low rise, 25.4mm, 620mm wide, 6066 butted alloy, 8 degree back, 6 degree up sweep
    Aluminium riser
    TAPE/GRIPS
    Body Geometry Comfort w/ integrated bell

    FRONT BRAKE
    Specialized V-Brakes
    Hayes MX4 mechanical disc, 152mm rotors
     
  5. briank

    briank New Member

    Hold up there, Stradders - way too much information!
    You may get some recommendations over particular comparisons (like some will say go for the thinner tyres if you're mainly on road) but you can't really expect anyone to work their way through all those components, comparing weight, performance and price, and then come up with an overall result.
    Do you know how long you can spend on-line looking for the very best possible deal on a particular brakeset?
    Those of us who do put our own bikes together from separately sourced parts spend most of our leisure time over a winter, and generally an awful lot more money than you're talking about, on such projects!
    Both your candidates seem to be built from generally decent kit so my best advice would be that you should back your own subjective judgement on:-
    (a) Which feels best to ride?
    (:biggrin: Who do you trust? If the Giant and the Spesh are from the same shop, take their advice: if they're in different shops I'd suggest your choice should be determined by your feeling about the psople selling them. After all, that's who you're going back to if you've any problems.
    Good luck.
     
  6. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    I'm not sure what the London to Paris involves but that must be some 200/300miles?? Presumably it's over 2 or 3 days but even so thats still a long way each day.

    Wouldn't you be better off with an audax / light touring bike?
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Both very similar in spec - get the one you like best !!
     
  8. aqaleigh

    aqaleigh New Member

    Location:
    ascot berkshire
    I'm having the same dilema but the Giant r2 vs the Specialized globe vienna 3

    giant DO make the spesh frames though