I've recently been in the market to replace my old Schwinn MTB. It was much too small for me being 6 foot 4. I couldn't pick up much speed on our bike trail and the frame is starting to fall apart. I went shopping around yesterday with the notion that I shouldn't spend more than $500 on a bike that I can only really use 6 or so months out of the year. I found a lovely 2010 Giant Cypress DX hybrid on sale for $400. I always liked the idea of getting a hybrid bike, as it can do a little bit of everything. The only thing I'm wondering is if it's the best bike to take for daily 20+ mile rides. It's certainly in my price range. I guess I'm just wondering if any of you have other recommendations (in that price range) or if you know someone with a Cypress that enjoys it for various reasons?
P.S. I am also young and in extremely good shape (only weighing 165 pounds). I'm not necessarily looking for a "beginner" type of bike. Just something within that price range.