i am researching a new bike and i have it narrowed down to two bikes
trek navigator 3.0 from LBS about $500
motbecane jubilee trail deluxe from bikesdirect about $400
i am a big guy 6'2" about 300# i will ride on paved trails about 90% of the time and i want the upright ride. i like the lockout on the front fork on the navigator but i like the price on the motobecane
any concerns, comments, advice would be greatly appreciated.
With a difference of $100 I think your observation of the lockout is good.
I like a rigid fork myself, but they are hard to find, and I think a lockout is a good compromise.
Without looking at the specific bikes for specifications (I am feeling lazy at the moment) my only suggestion would be to go toward the LBS if you are not the type to do your own maintenance since the LBS would be likely to provide a free tune-up, and obviously the initial assembly and adjustment as part of the price. Also for any warrantee issues, the wrenching would probably be done by the shop instead of by you.
It is a little less money than the Trek, and from what I have experienced with my 2007 model, quality components are used and no isssues.
Instead of the 26" tires, the Crossroads are fitted with 700 38c tires, and I rum inflated to 95# PSI, for a great ride on pavement and trails. If planning to ride more upright, I would suggested the 700 size rims.
Regarding the front suspension, you may want it to dampen your front vibrations if riding upright, however if you are riding with weight distributed to arms tightening the front forks will help prevent you from dropping forward on quick stops as the front will dip. This is not a issue if riding upright.
My wife has the womans version and loves hers.
The spoke gauge is another factor to review on the Treks, the ones I have inspected at local store seemed lighter, and may require and upgrade fo our XXL bodies. Also frame size is important and the required reach from sitting position to handle bars. Make sure those are adjusted and properly torqued for your riding style.