Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

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Emrod
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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby Emrod » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:24 am

I tried the following bikes at several local bike shops...

Giant Roam 4
Giant Escape 2
Specialized Sirrus 2012
Diamondback Contra flow
Trek 7.2

Diamondback won comfortably. £325 gets you...
7005 alu frame, disc brakes front and back. Shimano acera front and rear derailleurs. 24 speed. Front suspension with lock out (trust me, the suspension weight has minimal impact on your speed).
It is fast light and has the range of gears you need to shift quickly on your commute.

Show me any bike that gives you all that for that price...

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby supersonic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:35 am

If you don't need the suspension then you are carrying around 1kg of extra, undamped heft.

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby CookeeeMonster » Mon Oct 08, 2012 13:20 pm

according to google ;) the diamondback weighs approx 15kgs - that's 3kg's+ more than the sirrus, which itself isn't sold as a lightweight bike.

if it's good for you it's good for you but nevertheless, that's pretty hefty
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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby robjwood » Mon Oct 08, 2012 13:33 pm

I've actually seen another bike that might consider: Carrera Gryphon. I've some some good things about Carrera as a brand (despite all the negativity about Halfords). It can be had for £350 but it seems a decent spec.

I'm never going to decide at this rate...

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby supersonic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 16:04 pm

The Gryphon is excellent for the money, light and well equipped.

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby rubertoe » Mon Oct 08, 2012 18:35 pm

supersonic wrote:The Gryphon is excellent for the money, light and well equipped.


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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby robjwood » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:38 am

I now notice it's gone back up to £459! Oh well...

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 09, 2012 09:51 am

It's Halfords, it will be rduced again soon!

I ride a Gryphon frame although I bought it as just a frame and it actually runs on 26" wheels.....as built mine comes in at 10.5Kg although the stock bike is probably a bit heavier!

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby ner1r » Sat Jan 11, 2014 18:23 pm

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby Lord_V » Sat Jan 11, 2014 21:14 pm

Lovely bit threadromancy there....

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby JediBiker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 00:42 am

I like the Giant Escape 2, fast bike indeed!

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby ner1r » Sun Jan 12, 2014 00:51 am

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby The Rookie » Mon Jan 13, 2014 15:07 pm

So start your own thread and don't hijack this one!

Minor details like your riding pattern would help as well.

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby ner1r » Mon Jan 13, 2014 21:10 pm

Thanks for your useless answer. My riding pattern is pretty much like: work, home, work, your mum, home, work ...

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Re: Budget Hybrid bikes for up to £300?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:43 am

It was useful as you deleted your drivel, I have to admire your ability to display a level of maturity only usually exhibited by pre schoolers!


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