I have a 7200 with a front shock. Unless you're riding on rough roads or trails, you don't need the shock. The tires are wide enough to provide a soft ride. It looks like this model (FX S) also has a suspension seatpost.
The front shock adds some weight and complexity. I've not had any problems with mine for 3 years. The only time it bothers me is when I stand to pedal. However, the gearing is so low on the hybrids that you should never really have to stand.
I just weighed mine and it came in at about 40 pounds. However that includes a seatbag, pump, 2 racks, fenders, bar ends, and probably 10 other things that aren't standard. I'd say the dry weight is closer to 30-35 pounds.
It's a good bike. Over distances of 15 miles it's just a little slower than my road bike. I've used mine mostly on dirt roads but have also toured with it. If you are just getting into biking this is a good bike to start with. It is a comfortable bike competent on pavement or dirt roads, training, commuting, or touring. It's a small investment that won't bankrupt you if you find cycling isn't your thing or later decide to go with a more specialized bicycle. If you are trying to decide between different 7x00 models, I'd say to get the 1 with the best wheels.