Hi all. Long-time browser, first-time poster here.
Two years ago I retired the rusty Shogun Trailbreaker that I got in highschool, and now it's time for a new bike. I need some advice on hybrids and mountain bikes. I know knack-all about bikes, so I'm at the mercy of salesmen when I go shopping.
I ride locally in the city/suburbs, but I shortcut across parks and curbs, so a road bike won't do.
I've sifted through the archives, and this gets canvassed pretty often, so I'll try and be concise.
1. Is there a difference between a "hybrid" and "comfort" bike?
2. My old Shogun Trailbreaker used to run out of gears on the flat. Does a rider get more power out of a hybrid? Will a mountain bike with slicks go as fast as a hybrid?
3. I'm 194cm (6'4") and my back gives me gip. Will the upright seating of a 23" comfort bike put less strain on my back than a 25" mountain bike with one of those raised-stem things on the handlebars?
4. Both my local stores stock Giant. How does Giant compare to other brands?
Any advice appreciated.