We bought Electra Townies in July 2013 and in the 10 months we have had them have only ridden them about 7 times. We went on a 4.5 mile ride last night as part of an organized group ride and it finally became apparent why we haven't ridden these more: Hills. Or to be more clear: Inclines. These bikes are great on flat ground and of course downhill but up any grade up is a royal pain with the crank forward design. Hills are killing us and we feel like we would like to go a bit faster too.
We've decided to sell or trade these in and would like some advice.
Our LBS sells Giant and Specialized so and after doing some research here I put the following 4 bikes on the list:
Giant Sedona (DX) and Cypress (LX/DX)
Specialized Expedition and Crossroads
Got to the LBS and immediately ruled out the Cypress and Crossroads because of thinner tire. I am concerned about it hold me as I am a little over 300 lbs at the present. Tested the Expedition and Sedona but wasn't really feeling it. Also, did not help that they did not have good selection of those models and thus none really in my size. Was becoming a bit frustrated when the LBS sales guy told me that the taller/thinner wheels on the Cypress and Crossroads make it easier to pedal and easier to go faster vs. the Expedition/Sedona. So I decided to test ride a Crossroads Sport. They didn't have an XL frame (I am 6'2") but overall I liked it. Also, it had a flexible seat post that they would swap for a rigid.
My concern is durability, etc. and the Pros/Cons of the 700cc vs. the smaller/fatter tire (26" ???).
Giant vs. Specialized?