Torn between a Specialized Sirrus or an online cheapie Gravity/Motobecane/Windsor....
Gonna ride this a lot for 5 months on east coast and then leave it there for when I visit. For that reason I'm leaning toward cheap but don't want too low-end or I will be irritated. For reference, I ride a Specialized Dolce road bike and Gary Fisher MTB so I am used to good components and a decent ride.
Sirrus is a great bike, but can I ride those 28mm tires on a light trail (rail trail)? Is the $500-600 price LBS mark-up or much better quality?
Online (ebay chicabike) I can get a Gravity/Motobecane/Windsor for $200-300, but they look borderline on quality. "Comfort" saddle, flat pedals, signs of low-end to me. I cannot find any reviews on these bikes or info about what Specialized or major brand they compare to.
Appreciate any insights you guys have!