Anyone out there using a base 8-speed Giant Revive as a commuter bike? I'm thinking about trying out a 13-mile-each-way commute. Due to arm and hip issues, I'm not sure I can do this comfortably with my 11-year old Giant Farrago hybrid, and I saw the Revive at a Giant dealer the other day - thought it looked great. I ride in suburban Chicago, some mild hills, but nothing radical. If I do this, I'd try to ride as much of the year as possible.
The Revive is a cool looking bike. I'm not sure what kind of issues you have with your arm and hip, but the Sedona allows for a very upright position if that's what you're looking for. It's a nice bike with a very broad range in gearing, which makes hills a breeze. It's a bit less costly than the Revive also. I have some serious hills in my neck of the woods and I can get up most of them with minimal effort anymore.
I bought a Revive DX with the enclosed chain and Nexxus 7-sp hub last fall for my wife. She found the low gear a bit inadequate for the short but steep grades in our immediate neighborhood, so I got her a Downtube IXFS folder with 9-spd, and she's found it to be OK. I've ridden the Revive a few times and found the crank-forward and wide saddle with backrest to be pretty enjoyable for cruising the neighborhood. The 20" wheels and stretched wheelbase took a little adjustment, but no problems after a few miles.
I'm working on a Cruzbike FWD recumbent conversion, so might part with the Revive if you're shopping.
We're in the Cary/Oakwood Hills NW suburbs.
If you have a particular problem like a hip or back injury however, you really need to test-ride bikes before buying. A bike that everyone else things is darn near perfect can bend you exactly the wrong way.