What to buy?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by MarkExmouth, 12 Aug 2012.

  1. MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
    Hi All,

    New member, first time post.

    I am looking to replace my cheap and cheerful mountain bike with a hybrid (never gone down a mountain, and unlikely to!), as the majority of my cycling is road/cycle path/gravel paths.

    I have a potential budget of £5-600... and think I have narrowed it down to one of Trek 7.4 or Giant Escape 2.. Depending on special offers/model year etc, I am also considering the Escape 1, or the Trek 7.5

    Has anyone got any views on these bikes, or indeed come up with other suggestions?

    Thanks all

    Mark
     
  2. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    MarkExmouth why not consider one of the Marins ?
     
  3. Ride

    Ride Active Member

    Location:
    The Devil's Isles
    I've been using a 2012 Trek 7.5 FX Disc to commute for just under a year. It is a great bike on the roads. I could not imagine taking it on gravel, though. It has 700x28c tires that I would think are too narrow for gravel. Compact dirt paths shouldn't be an issue. The 7.4 FX has 700x32 tires which would do better on gravel.

    If you wanted the upgraded components of the 7.5 FX I'm certain you could just order some 700x32c tires for it. It appears to have the clearance for it and I believe the wheel can take that size tire, but it would be best to check with the shop.

    I really like the FX series. They are great bikes.

    Ride
     
  4. apc

    apc Senior Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Have you not considered a Boardman? Great spec on the hybrid bikes in this price range.
     
  5. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    beat me to it, guy at work has a boardman comp flat bar bike and it looks sweet.
     
  6. Cyclist33

    Cyclist33 Guest

    Location:
    Warrington
    Just goes to show, as the Trek 7.5FX Disc in my local bike shop has Bontrager 700x32 tyres. It does look nice. But not as nice as the Cannondale Quick I bought :tongue:.

    (Which, incidentally, has Continental 700x32s slicks on it, which actually measure 25mm, and which I took on gravel tonight without problem. So give your Trek a go!!

    Stu
     
  7. Cyclist33

    Cyclist33 Guest

    Location:
    Warrington
    I've got one of these http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/quick-3-2012-hybrid-bike-ec031463 and it's bloody good. Well, I've got last year's but it's the same apart from having a bizarre seatpost clamp.

    Stu
     
  8. OP
    OP
    MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
    Thanks for the idea - the Marin CS4 looks like a contender
     
  9. OP
    OP
    MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
    Thanks - the Boardman is also one to consider
     
  10. OP
    OP
    MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
    Thanks for the feedback - not considered the tyre size to be honest, so will look into
     
  11. OP
    OP
    MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
  12. OP
    OP
    MarkExmouth

    MarkExmouth Regular

    Location:
    Exmouth, Devon
    Thanks all for the feedback.

    So... I came here with a shortlist of two, and now have another three to consider... :ohmy:

    I'll let you all know what I go for when I get around to buying one.

    Thanks again
     
    Cyclist33 likes this.
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