Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Bikes: Fuji S-12s, Trek Navigator 200, Dahon Vitesse D7, Raleigh Sprite Touring ('70's)
I have an older ('02) Trek Navigator 200. Compared to some of my more 'sports sedan' bikes (including an '82 Fuji S12-S), the Navigator feels like stepping into a large SUV. It is plush and comfortable, but not overly fast or responsive.
Early on I liked the suspension seat post, but now realize that the variable seat tube length saps some of my pedaling power, and actually bothers my knees some as my stroke changes. I tightened down the screw so that it only flexes on the worst bumps. Same with the front suspension which unfortunately cannot be locked out. Great ride on broken pavement and fire trails along with light off-road trails, but it adds weight and numbs steering. A better seat would also help.
If you keep the tires pumped to the full 65 lbs, you ride up on the center ridge and it feels faster. Allow the pressure to drop, and you'll have to work harder. You can always shop for slightly narrower tires for these rims, or swap them out completely for a more narrow hybrid-like 35mm width. IIRC, the Trek 7200 hybrid and the Nav 200 shared almost everything except the tire/rims for a faster ride.
Bottom line is that for free, it is a fine bike. Tighten the seatpost to make it more rigid and top off the tires, and you should have no problem with 10 miles