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    Thread: SRAM or Shimano

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      03-13-2012 04:23 PM #1
      Been out of the game for a long long while. Looking at getting a hybrid bike to commute to work (15 miles one way), and just tool around. Considered a road bike, but some of my commute will require some minor trail work, and I really do not want to be restricted to just pavement.

      Narrowing my search down to a Giant Roam 0 or Trek 8.4DS.
      The Roam is equipped with SRAM X5 components. The Trek with Shimano Alivio/Deore.

      Being a complete newb about things I used to be in the know about, I am looking for some opinions. Last time I was serious bike shopping was ~15 yrs ago. Buying a bike nowadays is NOTHING like it was then, there is so much to consider it's sick.

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      03-13-2012 10:07 PM #2
      At the middle of the component pricepoint, it's really a toss up. Look at what comes with ancillary bits, like the shock, stem, post, etc.
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      03-13-2012 10:28 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by merckx56 View Post
      At the middle of the component pricepoint, it's really a toss up. Look at what comes with ancillary bits, like the shock, stem, post, etc.
      x2. I think you'd be hard pressed to find bad components from either of the manufacturers. It's all a matter of which price bracket you're aiming at.

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      03-13-2012 10:47 PM #4
      not much to consider actually. They're both going to work just fine as a recreational dual sport hybridy light duty mountain bike thingy. choose whichever one looks cooler and enjoy it.

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      03-14-2012 11:25 AM #5
      Ergonomics - choose the brand of shifters and brakes that you like the most for fit/feel/function. The overall quality should be the same between Shimano & SRAM at any price-point.
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      03-18-2012 10:18 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6ix View Post
      Ergonomics - choose the brand of shifters and brakes that you like the most for fit/feel/function. The overall quality should be the same between Shimano & SRAM at any price-point.
      Until the levers fall out of your SRAM Rival shifters

      True story. Three times now.

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      03-18-2012 10:45 AM #8
      Shimano shifters allow you to shift one way with your thumb and the other with your index finger. It's nice. Not a dealbreaker, but nice.

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      03-19-2012 08:41 AM #9
      Thanks for feedback. My old mongoose MTB has the Shimano EZ fire shifters, I love those things. LBS is supposed to get a Roam0 in this week or next, can't wait to try it.

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      03-22-2012 02:17 PM #10
      if you were gonna go with road drop bars, I would say shimano. I like my sram reds but I hate how often I have to tune them up

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      03-22-2012 03:21 PM #11
      Personal preference really. Ride both to see which one feels best for you. Both of those are pretty much at the same level in their product lines.

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      03-24-2012 08:06 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by pschmerg View Post
      Until the levers fall out of your SRAM Rival shifters

      True story. Three times now.
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