Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
Which one fits better and feels most comfortable?
Assuming both fit the same and are equally comfortable, I would probably pick the Trek since it seems to have more name brand components. However, all components at that pricerange will probably be of fairly equal quality. I do have reservations about the suspension fork on the Trek. I think I'd prefer a rigid fork over a cheap low-quality suspension fork that adds weight and complexity but offers no real advantage. No suspension is often better than bad suspension. I tend to feel the same about the suspension seatposts. On the other hand, the rigid fork on the KHS is also a very low quality rigid fork. In the end, where I in your position, I'd probably get the Trek and ask about substituting and/or upgrading seatpost and/or fork. Ask if the shop will give you some store credit for them if you decide to do this. I would personally swap in a cheap rigid alloy post like an Easton EA50 or even a Kalloy OEM post which cost about $15-$20 and swap the suspension fork for a nice quality steel rigid fork like a Surly 1x1 (~$50).