I'm looking for a new commuter bike. Currently I'm riding a low end Trek (7001). It's a great bike, and when I was hopping curbs and cutting across grass, etc., it was great (front and seat suspension).
But now that I'm riding smoother surfaces (asphalt) on our cartpath system, I want something that's lighter and more efficient on hills. I ride four miles each way to work, and most of it is slight downhill or flat with three hills. The first is very steep, but short (about 100 yards of intense pumping). The second is about five hundred yards long, and is by far the hardest hill. I don't know how steep it is, but it probably drops a couple hundred feet in five hundred yards (my best guess). The third hill is very easy (but it's right before work, so it brings up the sweat level a bit).
I'm leaning toward two bike models, the Trek FX 3.0 (very light fitness bike) and the Trek Soho 1.0 (heavier, but I really like the way it looks and it's more rugged than the FX). Both have a much better wheel set than the Trek 7001, which is built mostly for paths, grass, dirt, etc. Light offroad. The tires hold me back a bit because they're wider and have less air pressure.
Anyway, if anyone has advice about those two specific models, or can direct me to the most up-to-date bicycle review site, that would be great.