This will be my last bike shopping thread for a while, I swear.
I'm shopping for a new commuter/multipurpose bike. I've posted related questions a couple times.
It needs disc brakes.
An internally-geared hub is strongly preferred.
Bonus commuting features like a rack are desirable.
I must be able to put studded tires on it, and generally wide enough tires to more-or-less comfortably handle dirt, mud, and gravel. 35c, or maybe 32c.
Being comfortably ridable with drop or other bars other than flats is also desirable.
Price is $1200ish if it's something that makes me go "holy crap I must have that", but really more like $800-$1000ish
After a bunch research, I think I've got my top 5 candidates. The World Adventure and Commuter 4 are tied for first, with the rest following.
Schwinn World Adventure ($900) - Dual-range Alfine IGH, hydraulic disc brakes, integrated rack, fenders, dynohub, lights, should fit wider tires
Jamis Commuter 4 ($1075) - Dual-range Alfine IGH, disc brakes, dynohub, integrated rack, fenders, lights
Raleigh Detour Deluxe ($800) - Alfine IGH, disc brakes, dynohub, integrated rack, fenders, lights
Novara Fusion ($900) - Alfine IGH, disc brakes, dynohub, integrated rack, fenders, lights
Kona Dr. Fine ($1000) - Alfine IGH, disc brakes
The Commuter 4, Detour Deluxe, and Dr. Fine I can get more-or-less locally, which is desirable. On the other hand, the World Adventure is really appealing since it was a $1500 bike in 2008 (actually, it still is if purchased through Schwinn). On the third hand, I can't find definitive geometry info in the World Adventure, making it difficult to compare to other bikes I try riding.
The Kona is a bit of an anomaly on this list, as it's priced similar to the others but lacks many of the bonus features. I haven't decided whether that's due to an actual difference in weight or quality, or if I'd just be paying for the brand.
Also, I haven't had a chance to test ride any of these, so in that sense this list is tentative.
Anyone have any comments, concerns, or experience?