Ryan Walsh is making the change from mountain biking to the road, but he wants to try a Hybrid first before he spends his cash on an expensive road bike. He has looked at a few bikes already, but wants our advice on which would be best
Question: I am making the transition away from a mountain bike to a fitness bike. I am not quite ready to spend the $ required for a road bike, so I am reviewing hybrid options from Giant (OCR or FCR), Specialized (Sirrus) and Trek (7200). Any advice on how to analyze the best bike for me? Thanks
The bikes you have looked at are all good bikes and are very reasonably priced. The Giants (OCR and FCR) are both well made and with excellent equipment for the price. If you want to eventually go for a road bike then I would buy the OCR as it is a road bike, as opposed to the FCR which is a Hybrid.
The FCR has Shimano 105 rear gear and some other Shimano bits, including a compact chain set, the frame is alloy and the handle bars are flat.
The OCR also has Shimano 105, but more of it, front and rear gears, shifters, chain and cassette. The chain set is from FSA and the handle bars are drop design. The frame is also Alloy, but offers more sizes.
The Specialized Sirrus is OK for going to work on, but if you are serious about your cycling I would spend a little more and get something sportier. The Shimano is Soria and lesser quality equipment, the chain set is Sugino and the other bits are from Specialized all mounted to an Alloy frame.
The Trek is very similar to the Specialized, a good bike but not in the same league as the Giants. The Trek 7200 does have Shimano equipment although not as good as the Shimano on the Giants. It has suspension forks, the question is do you need them? If you are going to be doing you cycling on the road then you don’t really need them. They are more weight to carry up hill.
My choice is the Giant OCR, it’s a road bike, it has the best quality Shimano and Iâ€™m sure it will perform well on a ride. From the Hybrids I think the Giant FCR is best, unless you want to ride on rough ground then go for the Trek with its suspension forks.
I hope this all helps?