Hi - visitied the local Trek shop today and came out not knowing what to do.
I went in thinking of a MTB. I currently have an old Trek 720 hybrid with steel frame and no suspension. I ride 98% of the time on maintained bike paths, but encounter the occasional root or rock.
The sales person pointed to hybrids again, but now they have front and seat suspension and aluminum is much less expensive than 15 years ago.
I'm leaning towards the 2010 7300, which has integrated suspension and is lighter. However, it is $579 compared to $529 for the 2011 7300 (with the more common fork suspension). So, the older one is about 4 lbs lighter - wondering if the difference in suspension is worth the $50? I've pretty much ruled out the 7200 since it's only $40 cheaper than the 2011 7300 and I don't like the shifters or handles (and the 7300 frame is an upgrade).
However, while there, I saw a 19" Gary Fischer Piranha (usally a $900 bike) for $550 - new. Any thoughts from more experienced people whether this is a better way to go or if the 2010 7300 is worth the extra $50 over the 2011?