Been reading a lot on this forum and decided to finally, shamefully, ask you guys for help. I've been going back and forth on some hybrid models while reading about advantages and disadvantages regarding them.
Here's a short rundown:
I mostly drive on smooth roads with the occasional bump in the road. There are also some small hills to run up to but nothing impressive. I could very well do without suspension but wouldn't hate having it. I've been told that its better to not have suspension than have suspension without lockout.
I want the bike to last me for at least a couple of years. And by a couple I mean at least 3 years without having to replace major parts ( not sure if this is realistic ). For this reason I don't mind spending a little extra for more durable parts. I don't expect an indestructible bike for the money I'm spending but at least want a smooth driving bike.
At first I will be riding mostly for fun ( get outside, clear my head ) but I plan to ride more seriously ( longer distances etc ) once my body gets used to some heavier riding. I plan to bike at least 2-3 days a week for about 1-2 hours to start with.
Hope you're still with me . I found a couple of bikes within my price range:
TREK 7.1 FX - I mostly like this one because of the price: 400 EURO but it seems to have cheaper parts (Acera 21 speed)
TREK 7.2 FX - This one costs only slightly more than the 7.1 FX (50 EURO) but has better parts. Also like that its 24 speed.
TREK 7200 - This one is 500 EURO and seems to have decent parts (Alivio 24 speed). Also the suspension with the lockout is a plus.
IDEAL Ergomax 09 - This one is the same price as the TREK 7200. It does seem to have much better parts (mostly Deore 27 speed) and has supension with lockout.
Comparison of the TREK choices
Now my ultimate questions are: Which bike do you think is better for the 500 EURO, the IDEAL or the TREK. And do you think the difference between those two and the TREK FX justifies the 100 EURO on top of the price.