Girlfriend's recreational bike Trek 7.3 FX or Specialized Vita?
My girlfriend is looking for a bicycle. She positively hates mountain bikes as they appear (or are) heavy and cumbersome. She's not what you would call fit, and is nervous about it all being too much effort, so wants as light a bicycle as possible. She wants to cycle recreationally, on tarmac, and perhaps on some light trails, but nothing too "lumpy". I've tried to narrow down the choices, and ended up with two bkes that are as light as I dare suggest. The two are the Specialized Vita and the Trek 7.3 FX (wsd). Both are girlie friendly geometry, but the Specialized appears lighter, being based on a road specific frame. two of the 3 lbs that stock the Specialized have stated that it is a road bike and to be very careful if going off road. The 3rd lbs said it's ok for canal paths but not anything more strenuous like forestry trails. The lbs shops and reviews I've read for the Trek are more positive about its abilities to cope with trails.
The Specialized looks and feels lighter, hence my dearest's keenness for it. I don't see significant difference betwen it and the Trek, but on the lbs recommendation, I would suggest to her to go for the Trek (but am afraid that the first time she has to put some effort in on it, it's be MY fault that she didn't get the Specialized ;->)
What are opinions out there about the Specialized's ability on some light trails, and any differences between the two bikes (just about the bikes, please, not about her lack of enthusiasm for putting effort in, despite the temptation