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Hybrid/comfort 7 speed bike suggestions< $400

Old 03-30-20, 09:26 AM
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Hybrid/comfort 7 speed bike suggestions< $400

I'm considering used Fuji Crosstown 2.3,Giant Cypress,,Trek 7200,Jamis Allegro any suggestions?,Thanks
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Old 03-30-20, 11:15 AM
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I am not going to examine each one .... but everyone of those is a reputable company producing quality products,. I would be willing to bet (a very small sum, only) that all of those bikes are nearly identical, have about the same components, and quite possibly the frames are all made in the same factory (possibly Gaint or Merida, in Taiwan or a factory in China owned by one of those companies.

Fuji and Giant tend to offer better value .... as in less bucks for the same bike ... and in a lot of cases, the best advice is "Buy the one you thinks looks best."

certainly test-ride as many as you can. Just for fun, if for no other reason ... but when the deal is done, make sure you like the bike you are taking home, I don't care if it because of the paint,l the decals, the guy at the store treated you better .... because in a blind test I doubt many people could tell one from another.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ggregory View Post
I'm considering used Fuji Crosstown 2.3,Giant Cypress,,Trek 7200,Jamis Allegro any suggestions?,Thanks
Used or new for each one? The Allegro is different from the others. Allegro is the only one that I would ride. Crosstown and Cypress are too relaxed and upright. Ugh. The 7200 must be an older model? It's hard to tell.

If the Allegro is one of the new 2020 models, that's your choice. Can you tell us why?
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Old 03-30-20, 01:24 PM
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Generally, for a give price range all brands will have relatively same features and components levels. You've determined your budget, now get whichever one looks nicest to you.
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Old 03-31-20, 06:46 AM
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Why so often do they make the hybrid/fitness bikes (eg. Allegro) with triple cranks? With the lower end groupsets, isn't shifting quality already a bit compromised, but making the FD have to cope with a triple.. why?
The city/urban type bikes otoh, (eg. Cypress or Crosstown) have single cranks.
Why so often are doubles are excluded from the budget bike options?

For the OP, I guess I suggest you figure out what type of terrain you're riding and therefore the gearing you'll need.
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Old 03-31-20, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ggregory View Post
I'm considering used Fuji Crosstown 2.3,Giant Cypress,,Trek 7200,Jamis Allegro any suggestions?,Thanks
Hasn't the Trek 7200 been discontinued for years?
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Old 03-31-20, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Why so often are doubles are excluded from the budget bike options?
My guess would be that doubles most often are for either road, CX or XC, hence at least somewhat special application and as such mostly outside the budget bike component price bracket. OTOH there are Tourney-level road doubles - but then again, who needs 50T chainring on a bike that's not going to be ridden faster than 20 mph.
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Old 03-31-20, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Hasn't the Trek 7200 been discontinued for years?
yep....I bought one new in 2000 for exactly $400. I still have it. It's been a wonderful bike but the only original part on it is the adjustable quill stem.
(I rode it from El Paso, TX to Alberta Canada right out of the bike shop. The triple crank was needed for the mountain passes.)
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Fwiw: love my trek 7200 bought from lbs for $280 and included new chain and cassette. Can you test ride each? fit and feel are probably the most important thing to consider.
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Old 03-31-20, 06:43 PM
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<$400 is hard,
consider an Electra Townie D7 ?
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Fwiw: love my trek 7200 bought from lbs for $280 and included new chain and cassette. Can you test ride each? fit and feel are probably the most important thing to consider.
I love my trek 7200 from 2003, women's blue 15 inch. It's been all around the world from Florida to Japan!
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