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Cannondale Catalyst 3 27.5" Bike - 2019

$368 size large and xlarge only.

https://www.rei.com/product/14568...-bike-2019
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well what is the lightest i can find for under 1k smarty pants?
Google is your friend. That said, it's impossible to find anything all 15lbs. Why so light? Light=expensive and not even most high end road bikes can't get that low.
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Why would you say hate? The bike in the OP is a dangerous proposition on real trails. We've had kids show up to MTB practice, albeit beginning of the year, and we won't let them ride on the trails. It's actually dangerous man riding basically a step up from walmart bikes.

That said, do you have a Diamondback/Raleigh corporate account? A few years back there was a code that allowed anyone to create a corp account. Anyways the Raleigh Redux 1 is 20% off with corp discount, making it $424 shipped. And the best part about the Redux is it is only 26lbs.

https://www.raleighusa.com/redux1-r143

https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-g...ux-review/
My Cannondale mountain /comfort hybrid bike from the 1990s is 30 pounds but includes fenders and kickstand. Would this Raleigh be a significant and noticeable upgrade?
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I think you answered your own question. The problem is people keep putting this bike and comparing it to a level it's not designed for.
If you're looking for a bike just take a casual ride on some bike path or something similar.
I would say just go with the least expensive one because for that type of riding either will do fine.
Would be curious your thoughts on my post 4 above from this one (post 194), as you seem to know a lot about bikes? TIA!
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My Cannondale mountain /comfort hybrid bike from the 1990s is 30 pounds but includes fenders and kickstand. Would this Raleigh be a significant and noticeable upgrade?
The Redux is a 1x drivetrain thus making it simpler to shift. It also comes with wide 47mm tires which will improve the ride a bit. Cable disc brakes will be better than anything circa 90. Weight wise, it might be a wash if you put fenders/kstand on the Redux. That said the Redux should bring with it more efficiency, speed, and comfort.

Btw, the tires on the Redux sell for 42 bucks each for the folding bead... not junky.

https://www.treefortbikes.com/Vee...ire-90-tpi
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There appear to be lots of bike 'experts' on this thread so I'd like to hear some opinions. I have read through the thread and done a couple of hours of research now.

I ride ~6 miles to and from work in Houston on a combo of neighborhood roads, crappy sidewalks (lots of bumps and irregularities) next to busy streets, have to hop a few curbs, and at one point am on a gravel path for half a mile. Minimal elevation but there is some up and down over the 6 miles.

I am looking for a new bike for this commute (my Mongoose Ledge 3.1 that I bought on CL 6 years ago for $100 isn't cutting it and is heavy) and at this point am thinking I want a hybrid with front suspension but am not sure what to get.

I have read that the hydraulic brakes are best but also need to be serviced regularly which I don't really want to have to pay to do (assuming that is true..?). I want a bike I can ride for the next x number of years and it will just work with minimal tune up needed. Nothing super fancy really needed...probably looking to spend $400-$500 max.

I am leaning towards buying local so that I can get the free tune ups as I am far from a bike expert. Sun & Ski Sports told me they offer free tune ups for life, which is appealing to me - anyone know if they are good on their word and will adjust the brakes, etc. as needed as time goes on?

I have looked on craigslist, but as others have mentioned, it seems both the Houston and Austin bike craigslists are run by a few bike experts that corner the market, so I have had no luck and don't know if I want to look for the next 3 months to find a deal.

Is a hybrid necessary or would I be fine with a bike with no suspension? Any bike recommendations? I have all of the shops close by...REI, Dick's, Sun & Ski, etc.
If you have no interest in light mountain bike trails and just ride around town with bumpy sidewalks and gravel, get a hybrid bike either with no front or front suspension. I ride a Nishiki Manitoba (paid only $249.98 and retail $499.99). I never realized what a difference in speedy performance when it comes to the road riding. I got 2 great mountain bikes that are far more money but they aren't as speedy and efficient on the road vs the cheaper Nishiki Manitoba. I can go really fast with my 29er mountain bike (hit 30mph max) but the rider position and knobby tires aren't really suited for road riding. Thin large tires and bike weight matters. My Nishiki has no front suspension and I ride gravel roads and bumpy sidewalks fine.... I purchased a road bike (much lighter, much thinner tires and bent over position helps big time especially on windy days) yesterday and that is going to be even faster than my hybrid...... 6 miles each way to work is a lot of distance and time so you better get the right bike that matches your needs. Hybrid rider position is more comfortable too.
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Here is another option bike that is getting solid reviews, has solid specs in its price range and looks pretty nice.

Costco has the Northrock XC27 with shimano altus derailleur and shifters, suntour fork with 80mm travel and real nice small knobs "road speedy" Maxxis tires. I believe the sales went as low as $299.99 but now it is $339.99. Not too shabby spec wise for the rider who rides mostly on the road but does some light duty mountain biking too once in a while where a hybrid can't go. I have a 26er and a 29er.... I may look to get a 27.5er. I still think I prefer the GT Aggressor $299.99 deal because the GT's drivetrain 8 speed.

https://www.costco.com/Northrock-...67728.html
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If you have no interest in light mountain bike trails and just ride around town with bumpy sidewalks and gravel, get a hybrid bike either with no front or front suspension. I ride a Nishiki Manitoba (paid only $249.98 and retail $499.99). I never realized what a difference in speedy performance when it comes to the road riding. I got 2 great mountain bikes that are far more money but they aren't as speedy and efficient on the road vs the cheaper Nishiki Manitoba. I can go really fast with my 29er mountain bike (hit 30mph max) but the rider position and knobby tires aren't really suited for road riding. Thin large tires and bike weight matters. My Nishiki has no front suspension and I ride gravel roads and bumpy sidewalks fine.... I purchased a road bike (much lighter, much thinner tires and bent over position helps big time especially on windy days) yesterday and that is going to be even faster than my hybrid...... 6 miles each way to work is a lot of distance and time so you better get the right bike that matches your needs. Hybrid rider position is more comfortable too.
Thanks for the response! Good info to know.
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I've had my Cannondale now for 3 days.
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I've had my Cannondale now for 3 days.
How do you like it? Mine is still on order.
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How do you like it? Mine is still on order.
I am coming from a 26" wheel to a 27.5. The bike is built like a tank and rolls fast. It looks like an expensive bike and people instantly recognize the name. Obviously the components are nothing special. It's not heavy but a big bike compared to my 26" wheeled K2 bike. It's much more stable than 26" bikes but they are easier to handle and maneuver.

The frame is very well built and the 27.5 wheels make it feel very well connected to the road. The brakes work ok, not great but that could change after my initial tune up. The handlebar was misaligned but I fixed that with my hex key tool set.

I have a bad valve stem in the rear wheel. It runs flat overnight.I only have probably 6 or 7 miles on my bike now. I am sure REI will replace the tube for me. The tires are good.

The rear derailleur system is not that great but acceptable.

I agree it would be nice to have more travel in the front fork shock. You don't really need it but it would be nice to have a bit more.

I am starting to think that if you want a mountain bike. Having a 26, 27.5 and a 29er might be something worth looking into.

They say Cannondale bikes never go on sale so obviously this is a good deal.
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I am coming from a 26" wheel to a 27.5. The bike is built like a tank and rolls fast. It looks like an expensive bike and people instantly recognize the name. Obviously the components are nothing special. It's not heavy but a big bike compared to my 26" wheeled K2 bike. It's much more stable than 26" bikes but they are easier to handle and maneuver.

The frame is very well built and the 27.5 wheels make it feel very well connected to the road. The brakes work ok, not great but that could change after my initial tune up. The handlebar was misaligned but I fixed that with my hex key tool set.

I have a bad valve stem in the rear wheel. It runs flat overnight.I only have probably 6 or 7 miles on my bike now. I am sure REI will replace the tube for me. The tires are good.

The rear derailleur system is not that great but acceptable.

I agree it would be nice to have more travel in the front fork shock. You don't really need it but it would be nice to have a bit more.

I am starting to think that if you want a mountain bike. Having a 26, 27.5 and a 29er might be something worth looking into.

They say Cannondale bikes never go on sale so obviously this is a good deal.
Thank you!!
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Thank you!!
Let me know how you like your bike when you get it.
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Let me know how you like your bike when you get it.
I only took it out for a short ride today as i was busy, but i noticed that i need to make a lot of little adjustments to my liking. Overall, I think it is a keeper as my first bike. I understand that Bike Direct will provide me with better value, but i like the fact that i have a one year warranty from REI, return for any reason and that i get an additional tune up later on. I'm not too technically inclined with MTB repairs (yet), this will be my first learner bike. Overall, hopping curbs and crappy city roads, the bike is OK for me. I came from a couple 700cc hybrid coming to this bike, its totally different and i have to learn to ride it. Its just the inexperience in me.
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