Cannondale Bad Boy Disc or Trek 7.5 fx
When I started looking for a new bike after not riding for most of the last decade (and the little riding I did before that was on a Trek full suspension Y-Glide mountain bike), steel is where I originally was heading. But after trying the Trek 7.5fx, Cannondale Bad Boy, Jamis Coda Elite, a couple of Gary Fishers, Trek 7.3FX, Cannondale Quick (I forget the level), Jamis Allegro, I am leaning towards either the Trek 7.5 or the Bad Boy Disc. Had also wanted to try the Felt Speed 30, Scott Sportster or Sub series, and Rocky Mountain RC 50, but no one seems to have any of these less popular bikes just hanging around for a customer to give a test ride.
Seems like a real chicken-and-egg thing these secondary (and I mean that in a marketing sense, not quality sense) brands have. People go into a shop, they know the names Trek and Cannondale, and lo and behold, there is a bike to try. If they want to compare to a Felt or Scott or whatever, if the shop allegedly carries the brand they carry the $300-400 line and don't have the pricier utes in stock, nor did they seem particularly thrilled about getting one on spec. So a customer can't try the bikes and goes to the default Trek or Cannondale, and the big get bigger.
Any thoughts, comments, or insights into these choices are appreciate. The price on the Trek would be $749, while the Bad Boy Disc would be about $100 higher.