aka Phil Jungels
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
They may be crappy for YOUR uses but my Navigator got me back into cycling again. It's a fine bike for cruising around town in with the family or friends. It's considered a comfort bike due to the wider 26 inch tires and a good mule for errands. Can take on some hardpack dirt/gravel as well as pavement. The geometry is not designed for speed or for being nimble but I consider it my basic "do it" bike.
And, therein, lies the strength of the Navigator - a good short distance utility bike, comfortable around the neighborhood thanks to the very upright riding position, and with WIDE tires for riding just about anywhere.
The tradeoff being, uncomfortable on long distances due to the high seat pressure created by the very upright posture, slower thanks to the very wide tires, and kinda heavy due it being a good utility bike.
If you want it to ride around the neighborhood with the kids, carry groceries, and ride only on unpaved surfaces - this could be the bike for you.
But, the"Performance Hybrids,"with "relatively wide" tires, more aggressive geometry, and lighter frames, will do all of that, and more, - and be easier to handle longer rides. IMHO
It is a good bike for it's intended use - just not as flexible as a more performance oriented Hybrid.