I am new to the forums, but have searched the for info about my question, but a lot of info is old or talks about the Trek FX series, so forgive me if this seems old.
Last year a bought a bike for the first time in twenty years. I spent $170 on a Quest comfort bike not knowing whether I would ever ride it or not. I ride once or twice a week for about 20 miles at a time on the Pittsburgh area Rails to Trails, some paved trails and occasionally down rough paths to get off the trail.
One of the gears on the freewheel is stripped and the brakes need some work. I'm not sure if it's worth putting any money into it so I was looking at the Trek 7000 series, specifically the 7200 ($489) and 7300 ($579), because I like the front suspension on both and the thumb shifter on the 7300. This seems like a lot of money for me to spend on a bike, but after some research and my past experience-you get what you pay for.
I would like any input on the 7000 series and whether or not it is worth it for me to spend the extra on the 7300. I don't want to spend the money on a bike, only to wish I had spent a little more and got the "better" model, but I don't want to waste money on features/quality that don't fit my needs.
Are the prices negotiable at the Trek store?
Maybe the 7100 ($399) would be just as good for my use or even another brand?
Maybe the FX series (seems more road than trail to me)?
Maybe I should get my current bike fixed and not worry about the money, cleaning the bike, etc.
I am not stuck on getting a Trek, but I haven't looked into any other brands yet.
I'm 42, 6' tall and 210# and don't plan on being a serious rider, only weekends, etc. I do want a good bike that is durable and has no shifting problems and other issues after being used on the trail.
Thanks for any advise.