Since I'm unable to get the Kona Jake the Sanke or Dr. Dew in my size (largest possible) I've decided to start looking at the Trek Hybrids.
I was going to spend ~$900 on the Kona bikes, but since I can't get what I wanted I've decided to jump down the price line a few notches. I hope to get what I really want in a year or so.
Iíve thought about a full road bike, but Iím not ready for that type yet. I need something a little more relaxed to help break me in on cycling. Perhaps Iíll get a full road bike down the line, but not at this point.
This leaves me thinking of starting with a Trek 7300 and getting rid of the suspension seat post/fork and replacing them with reasonable quality non suspension varieties. Iím young, and from what I have read these suspension parts arenít really that great of quality. Also, Iím going to be riding in the flatlands where shocks arenít needed.
My LBS has told me in the past that they will swap out seat/stem/seatpost etc. to get proper fit and feel. They would either do it for free, or for a low additional cost of the part upgrade. Iíve never asked about the fork, but I assume they would do it too.
The next thing I would change is the tire to a more road type tire. Since the vast majority of my biking will be on the road in the flatlands of Indiana.
Lastly, Iíd want to put a flat bar on. Although Iíve never seen the Trek hybrids in person, I think the bar has a slight bend in it. Iíd like to go for a true flat bar with it. Mainly to help with the aesthetics of the bike as I like a flat bar or drop bar looks the best.
What are your thoughts on this setup?