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Old 10-11-2011, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need opinion on "hybrid" MTB

Looking for a new MTB. I'm looking for one that is a little street oriented since I do a lot of riding with my wife and I need to be able to keep up with her road bike a little better. Looking for something with lockable front suspensiion and disk brakes. Street oriented gearing (48F,11R), sub $1000.

Looking at the:
Giant Roam 0 (Hyd brakes, SRAM X5 shifters) $820
Giant Roma 1 (cable pull disk brakes,Acera shifters ) $620
Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disk (Hyd Brakes,Shimano Acera shifters) $770
Specialized Disc (cable pull disk brakes, Shimano altus) $610
Trek 8.4 DS (Hyd Brakes, Shimano Deore) $840

Any other suggestion on a bike that fits these specs?
I don't know shit about the quality of the shifters or the advantages of the hyd brakes. Are hydraulic brakes worth it for a weekend warrior like myself or are they a pain to deal with maintenance wise?
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't tell you much but I went from cable operated rim brakes straight into hydro discs and the difference is absolutly insane. I am nervous about taking my old GT back into the trails that I currently ride for fear of crashing into a tree because of a lack of braking. Anyway, I'd think that mechanical discs would suit you fine, but I would also not turn down hydro for any reason other than cost.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've pretty much decided on hydro brakes from what I've read about the performance benefits and from what I can read their are no major maintenance issues. I've ruled out the specialized because Acera components are one the cheaper side.

I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Giant Roam 0 and Trek 8.4 DS.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those both look pretty sweet. If you haven't, go to the store and ride to see which you like better. For me that's all that made the difference. Online I was between a Trek and a Specialized. In person the Specialized felt 10x better to me, it was mostly an immediate decision.

I hope that helps some. I'm no expert.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i typically ride avid juicy 7's (hydro) until the weather dips to sub freezing. then i swap back to mechanical due to the brakes hanging up and not releasing.

without a doubt hydro brakes are tons better than mech. unless youre tires are the weak link.
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