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I have a few options, please explain which one is better and why?

SCHWINN Searcher Comp

GT Transeo 2.0 (2009)

Mongoose Crossway 450

Thanks, I know nothing about the components and quality that comes with each bike. I mainly want to use it for cycling around town and some off road on paths, no hardcore downhill or racing.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by jimirings, Gary.Ray Sep 13 '13 at 13:47

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If it's for cycling around town, why did you use the "mountain-bike" label? What kind of surface is a "path"? Will you be, I don't know, jumping: leaving the ground? – ChrisW Jun 10 '11 at 1:20
No jumping, just trails and paths. – JL01 Jun 10 '11 at 1:56
If you're not jumping I'm not sure whether you need/want a mountain-bike, then. There are problems with having suspension: a) cost (instead you can spend that money elsewhere, on a better frame, components, or accessories); b) weight; c) reliability; d) efficiency. For example I wanted a bike just for commuting, on roads and bike paths; and the bike I got (and am happy with) doesn't have suspension. Can you describe or show a photo of what you mean by "trails and paths"? What's the surface: paved? dry earth? mud? – ChrisW Jun 10 '11 at 2:09
If you're in South Africa why are all your links to a Czechoslovakian shop? – Мסž Jun 10 '11 at 4:23
Better is quite subjective, so we need to know more about what you want. Are you doing short rides or will this be your primary transport? From your question I suspect this will be your first bike and you're going to start riding. If so, any of these will be fine. But the front suspension is expensive and probably uneccessary - it's a marketing point rather than a useful extra. – Мסž Jun 10 '11 at 4:32
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Assuming these are the bikes (sorry, I can't read Czech).

They all seem very similar - they're hybrid bikes with front suspension, aluminium frames and disk brakes built to a low price point. That and your comments make me believe that your "path" comment refers to sealed bike paths rather than mountain bike tracks. The GT has hydraulic brakes, the other two mechanical. On a cheap bike I favour mechanical brakes because hydraulic brakes are hard (expensive) to build well, and they're also expensive to maintain. But the GT is also 50% more expensive, so if you can get it for a similar price it is probably a bargain.

I suggest that the only way to pick one over the others is to test ride all three. If you can't do that it's guesswork - pick the colour you like or just buy the cheapest one.

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