Before I make a $500 mistake....
I am 36, have not really ridin a bike regularly since I started driving.
I'm 6 feet and about 237 pounds, looking for a mostly road, but light trail friendly bike.
I visited my local bike shop and they recommended eother a trek 7x00 or Specialized crosstrail.
Since my budget is $400 - $500, I looked at the Trek 700 and rode it around a bit, not a bad bike but the steering seemed squirrelly or loose. I didn't like the cushy seat either. Also the shifting was not too precise, I like the trigger shifter better, so the 7300 with a different seat would be better.
So I tried the Specialized crosstrail, I liked this much better, but it, naturaly, is $500. The ride was better, the tires were smooth on top with the knobbies on the side. Much better shifting.
SO I am inclined to get the Specialized crosstrail.
I am looking all over the web and cannot find this bike. The shop tells me it is just a crosstrail, not the crosstrail sport, pro, or ltd. I can't even find just a plain Crosstrail anywhere.
Is this a real bike? Or a sneaky dealer?