I'm in the market for a hybrid bike. I have a nice road bike, a baby blue carbon Giant OCRc (WSD), which I use quite a bit for long-distance riding. This spring I bought (and have now re-sold) a Trek full-suspension mountain bike. I'm never going to be a mountain biker -- I don't have good balance, and it was stressful and frustrating rather than exhilarating.
I'd like to spend some of the money I got from the mtn bike sale for a solid hybrid to expand my biking range beyond what I can do on my road bike. I would use the hybrid on dirt roads, packed gravel rails-to-trails, and some very easy trails. No jumping over logs. No crazy maneuvering on the edge of a cliff. No plowing through mud while screaming "Yes!". I'd be screaming "No"...
Should I go for something light without suspension fork (such as the Trek 7.3FX)? Or should I look for something with a suspension fork? The friend that talked me into the mtn bike is encouraging me to get a sturdy hybrid rather than focusing on high-end components, and seems to think shocks are important.
Would love to gather some thoughts... I mention the 7.3FX because that is a bike I've tested (and liked) in the past, and a nice used WSD one is available near me.