I'm looking for advice on whether I should go for Trek or Giant. I checked out the 7500fx today and boy it was nice. Got off the ground *real* fast. But I'm wondering if it's really worth the extra $$$ for the 7500fx over the 7300fx. The shop owners were saying that paying for the better components is generally better, and that I'd probably be coming back [repairs/maintenance] more often with the 7300fx.
In either case, I'm trying to stay away from paying more than $400-500, the 7500fx I saw was at $599 (are most shop owners prone to bargaining?). I'm mostly going to be using whatever bike I get for my 6-8mile commute to work. And I'll probably get into riding on Saturdays as well. I'd like to invest in a nice bike that does a little more than 'get the job done'
I've also heard good things about the Giant FCR, SX and SL. I couldn't find the SL on Giant's site either. I also asked one employee if Giant and Trek are the same company but he said they were different. Are Giant's still worth considering over Treks though?
BTW: I noticed the components on the Giant FCR3 are "tiagra" whereas the 7500fx has "deore" --- what's the major difference between the two? are they substantially better than the shimano C-series and alivio?
What would you guys recommend? I really want to get a bike ASAP and need all the advice I can get. Thanks!