Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Priority Bicycles Continuum, Priority Bicycles Eight
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Tire width can sort of be used as a proxy for how off-road-worthy a bike is. The Sirrus, for example, is really a pavement-only bike. The skinny tires are an indication of that. The Trek, otoh, reminds me of my son's Kona Dew. I'd probably be willing to take the Trek 7.2 onto easy singletrack, and certainly onto fireroads and old logging doubletrack.
Suspension is another thing to consider. I don't like suspension on hybrids. It adds weight, and you've got to deal with brake dive, which can throw you off balance and is just one more thing to think about that I'd rather not think about when I'm enjoying a ride. Plus, the suspension forks on hybrids tend to be low-end.
My current "hybrid" is a rigid bike having 38mm slick tires. My most recent ride on the bike began as a toodle around town on pavement. From there, I hit an old snowmobile trail, then back to pavement, then an ATV trail, and then two-track road, and then and ATV trail again, and then back to pavement. I put "hybrid" in quotes, because the bike is really a steel mountain-bike frame that I've hybridized.