We rented a bike on Holliday on the cape. My wife loved it. Rode around with a big smile on her face like a little kid! This is a big deal for her since she has a MTB and a road bike that leave her wanting for more. She hardly ever rides them finding them uncomfortable. Being the smart kind of guy that I am, I googled the bike while we were on the ride, only to find that they no longer make that model. Being the smart kind of guy I am, I offered to buy that very bike, cost irrelevant, from the shop at the end of the ride. They did not want to sell it.
They DO sell a very similar copy though, only he shifter is different as far as I can tell. The bike in question is the jamis explorer
However, in our bike-shop visiting yesterday we stopped into a specialized store and she rode a (2012) Ariel. She did not like the riding position as much as the explorer but thought that the bike rode nicer and shifted cleaner. It LOOKS to be a nicer bike, but vastly un-popular. I wonder why.
So, shoul I encourage her to get the specialize or get the jamis. Price is a wash. Usage is dirt roads and easy trails, bike paths and bike lanes on suburban roads.