Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

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Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Illy » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:37 pm

Okay so.... i was looking at the following 3 - does anyone have experience or opinions on the below?

*Trek 7.6 FX
*Giant Cross City 1
*Cannondale Quick 3
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Timmeh » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:39 pm

Hi Illy - see also this post viewtopic.php?f=9&t=34953

The Avanti Blade and Merida Speeder are also worth considering as flat bar road bikes. Go check out the features that you need and then test ride a few brands. Interestingly, I picked out the Avanti Blade as being the closest match for my needs, then found it rode the worst of my 4 brand shortlist (geometry too relaxed for me). Ended up with the Merida Speeder T5. Added bar ends and a rack and it's my dry weather commuter. Have also recently swapped out the tyres for kevlar ones - added a little weight but was sick of the punctures.

Good luck...
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby jasonc » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:03 am

i've got the giant cross city 1 (2011). a workmate has the 2012 model.

when buying, i tried the trek 7.6 but the triple crank just didn't seem to suit the bike - i could never find the right gear.

the giant feel a little bit heavier (not by much) but the gearing works perfectly on it.

happy to answer any specific q's you have.

what model year are you looking at of each bike?
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby csy75 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:34 am

i have the cross city 4...a pleasure to ride with much more basic components. but i also have the defy 2 which has setup more in line with the cross city 1....very good also....

what's the test ride of all 3 shown you? any preference?
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Timmeh » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:31 pm

I should add that since I use the flat bar for commuting, I'd probably prefer a triple chain ring and less cogs on the cassette...would make gear shifting easier and I could use a wider chain (= less stretch = lasts longer).
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:27 am

any update?
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Illy » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:18 pm

Thanks for your replies - i went down to Clarence St today but they couldnt give me a test ride on the Cross City 1, but i got the call to test it out tomorrow. So i'll give more feedback then.

Are any deals made in shop or are their prices rigid with the 2012 range?
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Blackrock » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:26 pm

I have a 2012 merida carbon T5 speeder. It is a great bike and has shaved minutes off my commute and am so stoked with the power this bike lets me put down. It's not in everyone's price range (~$2600) but worth every penny if you can justify it. Love the ultegra running gear and the FSA cranks and BB. Was iffy on the avid single digits, but they are pretty good for a rim brake.
I have changed the pedals as they were superfantastic stock ones and have also removed the prologo proforma male saddle as it was a little wide and had the propencity to pinch! Now fitted with selle italia SLR carbon/kevlar. Much better shaped IMO.

I looked at a cannondale quick 3 and it was a REALLY nice bike to ride. REally smooth and well balanced. Loved the rear carbon stays and how smooth it was. I was quite close to buying this model!! Didn't fancy the trek's as they looked too upright. The new cross-city's look real nice too, but never got a chance to take one for a spin. Tried a number of the merida speeders and liked the set up.
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Illy » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:28 pm

Had a test ride on the Cross City 1 yesterday, it was a dream to ride; i loved every second of it. I did push it pretty hard too, to the point the chain came off - although i think that was my fault from jumping through the gears.

Might try on the Trek 7.6 tomorrow :-)
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby newbikeorupgrade » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:59 am

Looking at the T3 love the gear ratio's but want disc brakes...
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby jasonc » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:30 am

Illy wrote:Had a test ride on the Cross City 1 yesterday, it was a dream to ride; i loved every second of it. I did push it pretty hard too, to the point the chain came off - although i think that was my fault from jumping through the gears.

Might try on the Trek 7.6 tomorrow :-)


be interesting to see if you have the same comments I do. good luck
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby andyw720 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:24 pm

After a lot of searching just purchased a Avanti Blade 4.0!

My other shortlist was Giant Cross City 1 and Merida Speeder T3.

Per original list, I dismissed the Trek 7.6 and Cannondale Quick 3 (and Kona Dr Fine) as they both use MTB/Touring gears rather than the road gears found on the above bikes, and since my commuting is almost exclusively on the road I wanted the benefit of the higher road gears.

Why did I go with the Avanti over the Giant and Merida? Just felt a little better on the bike than the Giant and Merida but that is personal preference and also got a good price $959 (2011 model). It also comes with Shimano Clipless pedals and bar ends standard which the others did not.

Will let you know more once I have ridden it for a few weeks
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby KonaCommuter » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:39 am

Pictures of your new ride please :)
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby Blackrock » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:37 pm

Well done and thanks for feedback. I went from MTB gears to road on a commuter and loving the difference!!
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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby andyw720 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:05 am

KonaCommuter wrote:Pictures of your new ride please :)


See below - did my first commute today and increased avg speed by 4km/hr and had the pleasure of passing a roadie!

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Re: Time to buy... Narrowed to 3

Postby KonaCommuter » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:00 pm

andyw720 wrote:
KonaCommuter wrote:Pictures of your new ride please :)


See below - did my first commute today and increased avg speed by 4km/hr and had the pleasure of passing a roadie!

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/74447101@N06/6704572703/




Nice. Thanks for sharing
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