Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

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Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby syd2045 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:02 pm

Hi Everyone,

I am a total newbie in Biking. On my 2nd day of arrival in Sydney, I happened to stumble in the Trek Bike store and spent 700$ on a Fx series bike. I loved riding on it for the 15 days I had it before it got stolen from my garage ... took me about 1 year to forget the pain :(..now I am looking for a bike again (this time I will put it in my livingroom for sure).

Anyway, I did my research and figured out I need a flatbar bike to start on. I need it mostly for daily fitness riding, weekend riding along the beach etc till I gain the fitness to take it to the 15km commute to the Office. However, the Specs on my shortlisted bikes are just greek to me , specially the Shimano components , I can't really tell which one is better than the other. I would really appreciate your two cents on the following specs:

Trek (7.4 FX) $$$899
http://www.trekbikes.com/au/en/bikes/ro ... /fx/7_4_fx

Wheels: Formula FM21 aluminium front hub; Shimano RM30 aluminium rear hub w/Bontrager Nebula 32-hole rims
Tyres: Bontrager Race All-Weather Hard-Case, 700x32c
Shifters: Shimano Acera, 9 speed trigger
Front derailleur: Shimano Acera
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
Crank: Shimano Acera M391, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
Cassette: Shimano HG31 11-32, 9 speed
Pedals:Nylon body w/aluminium cage

NORCO FBR 2 (2013) $$$ 799
http://99bikes.com.au/norco-fbr-2-grey-blue-2013
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB-7420ST Cartridge
Brake Levers: Shimano BL-R550 - Black
Brakes: Tektro R359 - Black
Chain: Sram CN-PC951 9speed
Colour: Dark Grey/Blue
Crankset: FSA Vero 50/34T - Black
Derailleur Front: Shimano Sora FD-3500 - Black
Derailleur Rear: Shimano Tiagra RD-4601 SS - Silver
Fork: Carbon Blades w/Alloy Steer
Frame: FBR Flat Bar Double Butted Alloy
Freewheel: Shimano CS-HG50 11-30T 9spd
Grips: Phorm Ergonomic w/Bar End - Black
Handlebar: Norco Flat - Black w/Blue
Headset: FSA Orbit CE - ACB Integrated headset
Hubs: Front: Norco Sport Road 28h - Black. Rear: Norco Sport Road 28h - Black
Pedals: Wellgo resin body w/steel cage
Rims: Freedom Racine Elite 700c - 28hole
Saddle: Selle Royal Seta Men - Black
Seatpost: Norco Composite - UD Carbon w/Blue
Shifters: Front: Shimano Sora SL-3500. Rear: Shimano Sora SL-3500
Spokes: 1.8mm stainless - Black
Stem: Norco - Black w/Blue
Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport - Black 700x25c
Weight: 10.23kg

Cell 2013 SS300 Fitness Bike $$669
http://www.cellbikes.com.au/BEST_Fitnes ... ory=215538

• Frame: Lightweight 6061 Alloy
• Forks: Rigid Carbon with V-Brake mounts
• Handlebars: Promax Flat Bar 6061 Alloy
• Stem: 3D Forged Alloy
• Grips: Black/Grey Kraton
• Headset: FSA 36° ACB
• Chainset: Tiagra 50-39-30 170mm
• Chain: KMC 10 Speed
• Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 10 Speed
• Shifters: Tiagra 10 Speed Flat Bar Triple
• Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 10 Speed Triple Silver
• Front Derailleur: Tiagra Triple
• Brakes: Shimano BL-R550 Black Lever / Tektro RX-1 V-Brake
• Saddle: Cell Velo
• Seatpost: Promax 300mm x 27.2mm
• Wheels: Shimano R501 C24 Black
• Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro 700 x 23c
• Weight : 9.9kg


I understand the comparison may vary depending on the brand choice etc, but on a higher level view, which one of these bikes have higher Specs??

Thanks a lot for your tips in advance..
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by BNA » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:48 am

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Re: Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby DavidS » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:48 am

I'm no expert but the Cell has Tiagra front and rear deraileur which looks better than the others. Narrow tyres on both the Cell and Norco, I run 28mm tyres. The Cell is slightly lighter too. How much do you weigh as they look like they have either 24 or 28 spoke wheels and I would go for more if, like me, you are heavy.

If you are thinking these bikes can't do a 15Km ride to work I would disagree. I ride a flatbar 18LM each way to work every day.

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Re: Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby rangersac » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:00 pm

Overall cell has better components where it counts in the running gear, and I agree with DavidS, I'd go with some wider tyres which they may be quite happy to fit for you if you ask nicely.
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Re: Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby syd2045 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:29 pm

I am not really heavy, around 50Kg..Do I still need the wider tires?
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Re: Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby rangersac » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:39 pm

Running narrower tyres leaves you vulnerable to more punctures as you have to run them at a higher pressure. Personally I think wider ones also give you a more comfortable ride, and more of a margin for error on slippery stuff, potholes etc. If you ride on unsealed surfaces a 23c tyre is pretty skittish, whereas with a 28c or wider it's pretty easy.
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Re: Beginner Question: Choosing between three models

Postby rjk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:38 am

any of those 3 bikes will be good for you, you need to take them for a test ride, if the bike shop wont let you try them move on to the next bike shop that will.

Your bum will tell you which one is right for you, you will be surprised at how different each one is to ride

and once you settle on the bike you can change out tyres and other bits as they wear out

Just get out and ride and enjoy it :)
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