I'm kind of new to biking, and looking for a solid all round bike for some cruising, commuting and off-road action. I'm 6'2", 175 lbs. I'm somewhat committed to the Specialized Crosstrail line, including the "Expert" and "Pro" models. Really looking for versatility. I'd like input from anybody who owns a Crosstrail bike on how they like it, and what they use it for, and the level of off-road activity you trust it with. I understand that it's a compromise, and I know that there are a healthy number of bikers who don't like hybrids of any type, shape or color.
Also, would a mountain bike 29'er of some flavor be a good compromise for cruising with road tires with a switch to mb tires for off-road.
Thanks in advance to any of you smart guys or gals who can offer advice!