Thought I'd throw this one out there to see if anyone had any thoughts.
USE: General Fun. Commuting. Urban Warrior. Weekend Trips.
I realize the reprocussions owning a nice bike in the big bad city, but you only live once and I figure, what the hell. Yes, there will be stretches of time, probably 2 hours max where the bike is locked up outside unattended. But I'm thinking with locking pins on the hubs, seat and stem, a hefty lock and a small amount of cosmetic camouflage, so to speak, I'll be able to ride one of these bikes in the city safely
The question is which one?
I'm 44. 6'4" 205lbs
So far the Trek has seduced me, but I haven't ridden the Specialized. Does anyone have any experience with the Specialized Elite where they can chime in? Any comments on the 7.5 are welcome too. It would appear by the specs the 7.5 gives a little more of a forward angled ride, where the Elite is more upright? Not sure until I ride both. They both cost about the same, which isn't necessarily cheap - But I do love the Deore LX components on both bikes. Lastly, any durability issues with Specialized? I've read a few criticisms of the long term durability. Thx!