Hello, I am planning on buying a hybrid-type bike in the next week or so. I feel more secure on this sort of bike than a dedicated road bike. I havent ridden in many years. I have gone and tried a few bikes including: cannondale, giant, specialized, Raleigh, fuji, etc. My favorite so far is the Specialized Sirrus. I really liked the mountain bike feel (which I'm used to from when I was younger), maneuverability, weight, skinny tires (but not too skinny!), suspension seat, and derailleurs/shifters seemed to work great. My second favorite bike was the cannondale road warrior 400, but I dont feel this bike is $130 better than the Sirrus, which actually tended to shift better/easier at the front.
So, I think the specialized is the perfect bike for me, but I wanted to ask from people who own this bike if they have had problems with it? I have read that they have rim issues, as well as various other problems like rattles in the neck and slipping. I would be buying the 2006 version of the Sirrus (for $520 - my budget is $600) from my LBS, so perhaps some of these issues have been addressed.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to ride Trek's competitor bikes, and from the specs it looks like the Trek 7300FX (or 7.3FX I guess they are called now) may actually be a better bike. Can anyone who knows these two bikes compare/contrast them for me? Is the 7.3FX or 7.5FX bikes even in shops yet?
Thanks for any replies,