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mountain or hybrid, need advice

vii_voovii_voo Posts: 82
edited March 2009 in Road beginners

I'm looking to buy a bike this weekend. I want an all rounder. I can suffer from lower back soreness, so I'm leaning more towards a hybrid due to it more upright position rather than mountain. However a recent review indicates the Hardrock Pro Disc 09 is lighter and has a more upright sitting position. I may also commute in the bike in future, upto 15 miles.

This is my shortlist. Any opinions to help me decide would be appreciated.

CrossTrail Expert: ... e-ec016911

Hardrock Pro: ... e-ec016014

GF Marlin: ... e-ec017167

GF Mamba: ... e-ec017171

GF Hookooehoo: ... e-ec017172

Looking at the Gary Fisher bikes, am I correct in thinking one sits less upright in these than say the 09 Hardrock.



  • ShaunLShaunL Posts: 91
    If you are going to commute then it has to be a hybrid or a roadie for a 15 mile stretch. I started riding to work on an MTB with slicks, then a hybrid, then a cyclocross and now a full on road bike.

    It took 50 minutes on the MTB and now i do it in 25 on the road bike.

    You can get adjustable clamps for the handle bars that will give you a more upright riding position and i found the hoods on the cyclocross gave a very comfortable riding position.

    Focus Cross bikes have a lovely geometry IMHO. i would recommend their build quality as well.
  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    ShaunL wrote:

    It took 50 minutes on the MTB and now i do it in 25 on the road bike.

    Were you riding a mail-order £50 full-clunker? There really isn't that much difference in speed, especially if you equip your mtb with slicks.
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  • STEFANOS4784STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    Also you should start time trialling if you don't already, 15 miles in 25 mins is very respectible :D

  • ShaunLShaunL Posts: 91
    Not wanting to hijack the mans thread but just to clarify. I only cycle 10 miles each way to work.

    The MTB was quite old but no junker, i was 15 stone back then I am now 12st 5, thanks to cycling every day.

    As a commutine bike i would go for a hybrid or cyclocross bike. if the roads are any good go for a road bike once/if you feel like you need something faster.
  • rally200rally200 Posts: 646
    Do you really want disk brakes for road use?
  • vii_voovii_voo Posts: 82
    I thought disc brakes better in wet and less likely to get clogged up off road?
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    disks are heaver, but don't have problems with water or gunk, thin tires still slip on wet roads though,

    and they save your rims.
  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,425
    Look at cross bikes like tge Specialised tricross or Planet X uncle Johns.
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