I've heard great things about the Giant Cypress hybrid bike.
If you own a Cypress I would love to hear your review (positives and negatives)
I will be using it for commuting, between 20-30 miles a day.
I care less about top speed and much more about ruggedness, longevity, hopping off an occasional curb, dealing with wet weather, and a comfortable ride.
All my riding is on-pavement. My commute is flat, but I often take my bicycle to San Francisco and other cities where I deal with serious hills on weekends.
The 3 local bike shops that carry this have the standard Giant Cypress in stock
for about $330. They can special order the Cypress DX, which adds about another $100.
I'm not sure if the extra $100 and wait is worth it.
The only differences between these two bikes (as listed on the website) are
1. The more expensive DX has rapid fire shifters vs. twist. I'm used to twist, but I
don't know how much more convenient it would be to have rapid fire shifters for commuting. Twist shifters are known for accidentally changing gears, which can be annoying. My current bike has this issue.
2. The more expensive DX has SRAM PG820 11x32, 8-Speed vs. Shimano TZ37 14x34, 7-Speed. I'm not sure how the different cassette and extra gears translates when riding in real-world conditions.