i have taken to cycling more than i ever imagined and am now in the market for my second bike..i am thinking trek,speciailized or cube...however it is an absolute minefield of choices....why do a lot of cyclist over here suggest if a bike does not have hydraulic disc brakes then it is not any good yet some high end bikes have v brakes on them...some bikes with several levels of the same bikes have quite large step ups in price just because of the diffrent brakes and look very similiar otherwise
lol, hydraulic disc brakes are a nice option if your mountain biking or always riding in wet conditions, perhaps in the uk with all the rain it's a more of a necessity. I just bought my 2nd bike. I bought a $30 bike off the street to bring it back tolife! Honestly, it's been quite fun.
Why do you want/need a 2nd bike? Just to say you have 2 bikes is kind of silly; I would give us information on what type of riding your planning to do with it and people could advise you better. also if your not looking to do a different type of riding and just looking to upgrade to a higher end model, tell us that too
my fave choice is a xxl specialized crosstrail pro..use it for commuting to work..mainly pavement but, very hilly here...i live near an area called Dartmoor very rugged area which i could use my present bike which is a 23 inch frame Giant Terrago...my work is soon to join a "ride to work scheme" which allows workers to buy a bike and and tax breaks means i will only pay 6 in every 10 dollars of the cost of the bike...