So I very much want to upgrade from my '03 Giant Sedona ST. The LBS closest to me, and that I like, is a Giant/Cannondale/Specialized dealer, so I'm sticking with those brands. So far, I've test ridden the Giant Cypress DX, which I LOVE. I'm going to test ride a few others, but wanted to see if other Clydes had recommendations on the durability/suitability of any of them for a 356 pound shrinking 6' Clyde.
First, the Giant Cypress DX is a 2011 model, priced at $489.
Biggest pro for me is the adjustable suspension, to make it less suspensiony. I also like the trigger shifters, but not enough to make or break the deal either way. Not a fan of the color. The salesman says it has a stronger hub, but I'm not sure from looking at Giant's site - both the DX and regular Cypress have the same specification on the hub.
Next, Giant Cypress is a 2010 model, priced at $369
Love the color, love the price. Don't mind the grip shifters. Really, my concern here is based on the salesman's comments on the hub, and if it's truly not as strong. Also wonder about the fork. Will be riding soon...but the attractive price means I could probably pick up a trainer as well to get some indoor practice during bad weather.
He also suggested I try the Globe Carmel 03, also priced at $369
Good price, and has the adjustable front suspension. Single wall rims, though, and he again said weaker hub. Color is black, which I can live with. Not familiar with Globe, but as a sub-brand of Specialized I'm assuming it's a decent ride. Opinions?
Last, the Cannondale Adventure, also priced at $489
Not in stock at my local store, but at one of their other branches, can test if need be. Really don't know much about it.
OK, obviously the one that feels best is the way to go, but my real question is coming down to the quality/durability differences between the $369 bikes and the $489 bikes. Thoughts?