I'm trying to decide on a new bike, as my full suspension mountain bike is rather heavy and I feel like I'm trashing the WTB velociraptor tires that I run on it. I tried it with a set of kenda lightweight tires, but I enjoy riding the bike on the weekends through canyon trails in socal and swapping the tires got old really fast. I looked into building a pair of wheels to make quick swaps, and it would be right around $200...and I'd still have a heavy, full suspension bike.
So far I've really liked a Specialized Sirrus that I test rode at a LBS, but it's out of my price range. I'd like to bike to work to save money on gas, not waste money on a really expensive bike.
I have a 2 mile commute, mostly flat. I'm 6'5" and ~220lbs, 36" inseam.
the LBS is trying to get in an "Origin-8 Cutler 7 speed" in the largest frame size (58cm?) for me to try out, they have this priced at $299. I would say this is on the upper end of my budget.
I like the lightweight feel of the Sirrus, it was very easy to pedal up hill and quite nimble, this is of course compared to my almost 40lb mountain bike.
what are all of your thoughts? I've tried looking on craigslist for an older road bike to put flat bars onto, but finding something that fits me is proving difficult if I don't buy new.