Newbie help: Trek F400 or DT IX?
What a great resource this place is! I walked in my LBS a week ago to inquire about something else, and saw they had a Trek F400, asked about it, tested it out, and thought (the form factor) would meet my needs much better than trying to retrofit my existing MTB.
I just got diagnosed with mild Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in my wrists and forearms, and wanted to start using my old MTB to commute from home to bus stop (aprox 2 miles mostly flat with one hill, may change in the near future), and general exercise. Using my MTB aggravated my CTS. It appears that a commuter folding bike stance is much better on my wrists, and I can take it with me on the bus to work. I don't have to worry about my bike sitting around all day tempting a thief. For cargo, I'd be using a Tom Bihn Super Ego messenger bag with laptop and lunch in it.
The LBS had the Trek F400 ($629 MSRP?) marked down from $550 to $329, and it appears to be a 2005 model by its color - Silver Blue. I thought it was kind of a good deal, and put it on layaway. Getting home, and doing the usual research via Google, I found this place and now am wondering if the Trek F400 I put on layaway was a good deal after all?
The alternative I'm looking at is a Downtube IX commuter. Cheaper, and includes a bag for the bus. Is the Trek any significantly smaller folded? I know I'd save the sales tax on the Trek if I went with a Downtube, and like the fact it has suspension.
I'd appreciate your feedback on if I ought to stick with the Trek, try to renegotiate the price (2005 model, this line appears to be discontinued as of 2007?), or cancel the layaway and go with a DT IX?
Thanks in advance!