Hi bike friends. I'm having trouble deciding between two models of the Trek 7.4 FX hybrid. The model with disc brakes was Bicycling Magazine editors choice in 2014 for men's flat bar bicycles. But it has a standard aluminum fork. I can get a model with a carbon fork, but I would lose the disc brakes.
Which is preferable? Disc brakes, or a carbon fork? I've searched the archives at length, and seen lots of threads lamenting this gap in Trek's line-up, or threads discussing the value of disc brakes and the value of carbon forks, but there's not a lot discussing which is preferable.
I'm 200 pounds, btw, and don't plan to do a lot of riding in wet weather, although I'm sure I'll get caught in some downpours. I like trails, either paved or crushed gravel. And one day I want to bike across the country... but for now it's more likely I'll bike across the city.
Thanks for your help.