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Which one? (if any)
Cannondale Quick 4
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Giant Rapid 4
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redhotjoeypepper



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:37 pm    Post subject: Which one? Reply with quote

Just a quick one, before I make my final decision;

Going to buy a cheapy bike with flat bars on the cycle2work scheme, just a fitness training bike really for clocking up a few road miles, as well as being capable of light off road. Few caught my eye and I've shortlisted these two:

1) Cannondale Quick 4
2) Giant Rapid 4

The Cannondale is a bit more mountain bike geometry wise while the Giant looks more roady. Cannondale is probably a slightly better spec. Both drivetrain specs are similar in terms of shitness but I'm thinking I could upgrade this, if it takes my fancy.

Budget is £500, so alternative suggestions welcome.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the Giant, but why Hybrid as i get the impression it is better to get a full on road bike if you are using it on the road only. Hybrid can be under specced for the cost IMO.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just go for a straight up road bike, or a CX. CX is probably where I'd be looking, as you can take that anywhere, and fast. They're like hybrids, but not sh*t.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the giant looks miles better Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, road bike or CX bike if your going for something, hybrids are old hat now and I'm pretty sure you'll realise why shortly after you own one.

I'm not one to usually recommend Halfruads, but was in there this morning and saw this which isn't too bad a buy for someone in your position.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_1000 1_catalogId_10151_productId_875977_langId_-1_categoryId_165710#tab1

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be using it for railway tow paths as well, which is why I've said hybrid really.

I suppose the Giant is more like a flat bar road bike with road spec atm - put a set of semi-slick tyres on and it becomes a hybrid.

Not keen on drop bars so looking for something with flat bars.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunner wrote:
Yep, road bike or CX bike if your going for something, hybrids are old hat now and I'm pretty sure you'll realise why shortly after you own one.

I'm not one to usually recommend Halfruads, but was in there this morning and saw this which isn't too bad a buy for someone in your position.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_1000 1_catalogId_10151_productId_875977_langId_-1_categoryId_165710#tab1


Cracking deal on that, would be prepared to even convert to flat bars considering the spec...limited to who I can use unfortunately and Halfords aren't on the list, otherwise I'd defo's be going for a Boardman.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the advice has been to go for a proper road or CX bike. This really depends on where you are riding. if you are going to commute through a busy town or city you really don't need drops. stay with a more up right machine with flats; in bumper to bumper traffic you need to (a) be tall and visible to traffic, (b) have a good clear view of the road ahead and (c) be maneuverable (d & e) be tall and visible to traffic,

on a budget, a cyclo cross bike will have similar quality equipment to the same priced city or hybrid bike. "you don't get ote for note"

my preference would be the cannondale less spokes look great and you will appreciate the responsiveness of them in traffic.
up to 20-25mph the wheels and tyres are the most important drag factor. after this it becomes the wind, that's when you need drops.

if you are not commuting CX every time; they are more robust great for chucking down a canal towpath or country lane.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnus wrote:
my preference would be the cannondale


Then vote for it. Don't leave me on my own Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Threevok wrote:
Magnus wrote:
my preference would be the cannondale


Then vote for it. Don't leave me on my own Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about a CX bike with inline brakes, not seen one recently but I know on of Gunner's many many bikes have in line brakes! That way you get the best of both worlds, drop down bars for speed and flat for more leisurely pace?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My opinion would be to get a mountain bike then change the tyres to skinny ones, that way if you decide to get a little more adventurous you will have the capability to go off road without buying a new bike.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get the cannondale just for those wheels lol
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joey I've got the giant only had it a couple of month, if you want a lend of it to try just giss a shout
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macky wrote:
My opinion would be to get a mountain bike then change the tyres to skinny ones, that way if you decide to get a little more adventurous you will have the capability to go off road without buying a new bike.



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