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Join Date: Dec 2000
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
Hi Steelspider, welcome to the forums!
I guess the answer depends on what the trails you're going to be riding are like. If they're fairly smooth with no major hills a hybrid probably will be OK, especially if the commuting you're going to do is on pavement. A hybrid will give you good speed and handling on the roads and is alright for smooth trails. If the trail riding is more extreme you might want to consider a mountain bike, with smaller diameter tires (1.5) for the commute.
I've been riding a Giant Innova hybrid for the last six or seven years which I commute on 40 kms/day, and have taken it on some trails as well, you just have to go a little slower with the thinner tires than you would with a mountain bike.
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