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  1. #1
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    Want to add a hybrid

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    Hello,

    This is my first post. I am a runner-convert to biking. Knee surgery in May of this year had me wanting to be a little more careful with the amount of impact my soon-to-be 52 year old knees take on. My DH and I also backpack, and my running injuries took me off the trail this past year--so again, I'm trying to keep the knee impact down.

    I purchased a road bike mid-summer, a Trek Lexa SC, and I really, really love riding. I would, however, like to have a more 3 season bike that I can ride, both on gravel/pavement as well as comfortably ride on the dirt roads around our rural area. I'd like something with disk brakes. I do prefer the drop handlebars of my road bike, but believe I am looking at a hybrid to meet my 3 season/dirt road/pavement needs. Here's what I have looked at in the local area:

    Trek Neko
    Cannondale Althea
    Specialized Vita

    If anyone has any words of wisdom--I know, ride all three--but any preferences or dislikes/likes, please let me know. Thanks!

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    Jus wondering why you aren't looking at a cyclocross if you prefer drop bars?

    Love love love my CAADX Cannondale, and depending on your height and needed geometry, there are a lot of options out there. The first really special cx that comes to mind is the Salsa Vaya.

    For your 3 choices, I've heard a lot of good things about the Vita.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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  3. #3
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    Thank you, I appreciate the cyclocross suggestion and I will do a little more research in that area. I would like to keep my budget below $1k. I'm getting the feeling the cyclocross might tip me over that mark, but I will do some additional looking.

    I'm about 5'4" @ 130 lbs. I've been reading some great remarks on Vita, too--the dealership that sells Specialized near me is the one which is the furthest from me @ about an hour+ away. So I've been leaning toward Trek and Cannondale, much more convenient if I need maintenance, etc.

    Thank you!

  4. #4
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    I just bought a Hybrid. I test rode the Althea and the Neko. Really liked the Neko but in the end I settled on the Specialized Ariel Sport disc. Very happy. Loved the Trek Neko as well.

  5. #5
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    Thanks, I appreciate the responses! I considered the Ariel as well, but haven't seen much written on it.

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    I have to echo the cross bike recommendation. Lots of the best things about hybrids (wider tires, some can take fenders for wet weather, definitely able to handle gravel/dirt roads), but with drop bars (which I, like you, prefer). I also expect that since you are used to riding a nice road bike, you might be more comfortable on one. I am also definitely more comfortable over longer distances on one.

    Salsa Vaya is a good recommendation, as are some of the bikes by Kona (the Jake line, but I don't know if they have fender mounts), Trek Crockett, Surly Straggler (I own this one) - lots of good ones out there!
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    Chiming in on the Surly Straggler. They are changing color again so the cool sparkle purple is going away Also a Surly Disc Trucker is amazing for what you are mentioning
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  8. #8
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    You haven't mentioned budget, but most of the cx's were are 'pushing,' might be quite a lot higher than you plan. I think the cheapest Vaya is $1499.00.

    The Giant Invite is around $1000.00, and is a lively cross between a relaxed road bike and a hybrid. Basically all the best advantages of both.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...2/18786/76179/

    If you hate the idea of an off-road drop bar bike, then the Jamis Coda is in many ways Similar to the Vita etc., but would have a smoother ride due to being made from steel. It's a very nice flat bar road/hybrid.

    Least expensive is around $520.00, and it's a very good quality all purpose bike.

    http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/coda.html
    Last edited by Muirenn; 08-29-2015 at 07:25 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  9. #9
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    These are great suggestions, thank you! Yes I'd like to stay under 1k.

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    Just a follow up, I went out to a Cannondale dealer, my Trek dealer, and the local Specialized dealer. I looked at the cyclocrosses at Specialized, but they are really a bit more than I wanted to spend. Talked with my Trek dealer and he thought, from what I described, I'd be spending more than I wanted for what I wanted to do with it. I had opportunities to try the Specialized Ariel and the Vita bikes, liked them both, and I thought if I could meld the two, they'd be perfect. The Ariel had meatier tires but it did not feel comfortable in proportion to my body. The Vita was very nice, but the tires were more road bike-ish and the dealer told me that riding on dirt roads, as I would like to be able to do would steer me toward the Ariel, not the Vita. The Vita felt more comfortable than the Ariel, but still not perfect. Both seemed well priced.

    Choices, choices. Ran over to the Trek dealer, asked about the Neko SL. Had meatier tires, which I liked. Nice and light. Sat on it--and it fit like a glove. Ordered a 2016, comes in next week.

    Yay!!!

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input, it helped immensely.

    Mary Ann
    Last edited by mary ann; 09-03-2015 at 04:47 PM.

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by mary ann View Post
    Just a follow up, I went out to a Cannondale dealer, my Trek dealer, and the local Specialized dealer. I looked at the cyclocrosses at Specialized, but they are really a bit more than I wanted to spend. Talked with my Trek dealer and he thought, from what I described, I'd be spending more than I wanted for what I wanted to do with it. I had opportunities to try the Specialized Ariel and the Vita bikes, liked them both, and I thought if I could meld the two, they'd be perfect. The Ariel had meatier tires but it did not feel comfortable in proportion to my body. The Vita was very nice, but the tires were more road bike-ish and the dealer told me that riding on dirt roads, as I would like to be able to do would steer me toward the Ariel, not the Vita. The Vita felt more comfortable than the Ariel, but still not perfect. Both seemed well priced.

    Choices, choices. Ran over to the Trek dealer, asked about the Neko SL. Had meatier tires, which I liked. Nice and light. Sat on it--and it fit like a glove. Ordered a 2016, comes in next week.

    Yay!!!

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input, it helped immensely.

    Mary Ann
    Cool!

    We'll want pictures when it comes in. I hadn't heard anything about the Nekko, sounds nice, though.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  12. #12
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    I picked her up today--I will take a photo and post. I took her on a maiden 12 mile ride and she really rode beautifully. Lots of fun to ride, in a different way than my Lexa (which I also love). Really happy with it.

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  13. #13
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    Very nice. Enjoy!!

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver Trek 2000 road bike
    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

  14. #14
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    Gorgeous. I almost bought the exact same one and then ended up with the Specialized Ariel Sport.

  15. #15
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    How does the Specialized ride? I did a side-by-side comparison and they seem to be a very similar cycle with many of the same components.

    Thanks, I really do like her and I had a blast riding her around yesterday.

 

 

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