Ive been looking at and researching new bikes, and with my budget at $400, theres not many to choose from. Its gonna be mainly a commuter bike, on the roads and trails, trails mostly. Im a guy who likes a road bike, so no comfort bike mushyness for me For small trips around town under 10m, and longer 20mile round trips to community college. I dont want a bike that takes all the fun out of biking, like a comfort bike.
FWIW, im a light guy, 6', 135lbs.
Ive pretty much got it down to a couple bikes.
Ive ridden the Trek, and I like it, the 7.3 is even better, expecially with the shifting, but I cant justify spending $459 on it, when $500 would get me a Specialized Sirrus, and I dont want to spend $500, hehe.
Also rode a Giant Cypress SX, $369, too much of a comfort bike for me.
I havent ridden the Smoke yet, the bike shop didnt have one assembled, so Im going to go ride it tomorrow. Im sorta worried about the tires, it has slick mountain bike tires, 26x1.5, and low gearing. Seems like that might be rather sluggish. Dunno, the bike seems to be good, but more of an urban SUV, and I wont be doing much gnarly urban riding.
I havent seen a Dew yet, saw it on their website. The bike shop wont have a Dew in for a week or a week and a half. Dunno if its worth the wait to look at? It looks like an equivelent of the Trek, but Kona is known for making really tough bikes.
I also looked at the $369 Specialized hybrid, but it has front shocks, so that sucks.
If the difference between the trek and the dew are negliglible, Ill prolly go with the trek, since I wanna get fenders and those handlebar thingies so I can lean over the bars.