I would like to ask you for advice/recommendations on a hybrid bike.
I primarily use my bike to commute to/from work (4 miles each way, every day) and to pick-up my children from school a few times a week. I have been using a Giant Sedona DX for the last 10 years, and I have been extremely happy with it. Unfortunately, it was stolen a few days ago.
I would like to take this opportunity to buy a "better" bike, within $1000.
First, I looked at Giant models, and visited a bike shop that has Giant bikes, but could not find the Sedona DX, nor an upgraded model with the 2 features I really like to keep in my new bike: upright position (high handlebar) and suspension on the back seat (as well as in the front) It seems that the Giant Cypress is similar, but it does not seem to be "better" than the Sedona, although I may be wrong since I am definitely not an expert.
I then, looked at Trek, and the only models with upright handlebar are the 7000 series (in particular 7500 looks very nice) I went to a shop yesterday and looked at DS and FX models (they did not have the 7500), but I did not like the low position of the handlebar. They told me that they can tune-in a bit the seat and handlebar position, and made reasonable arguments about why this configuration is good to distribute the body weight in a balanced and efficient way, but I just did not fell as comfortable riding the DS compared to my Sedona.
So, in summary, I am looking at a comfortable bike to use every day, and if possible, I would like to upgrade from my previous Sedona DX bike.
I would really appreciate if you have suggestions or advice.
I have read several posts and researched a bit, and found three bikes that I like and think will fit my needs. Unfortunately, none of them are carried by my local bike shops so I did not have the opprtunity to try them yet.
I would appreciate if you have any advice regarding the quality of these bikes and if you have any recomendation. As I said in my original post I want an upright, high quality, bike:
I say either purchase the Sedona or the Via. I could see how you would prefer the Sedona, if you're shorter than 5' 7". Stick with whatever works for you!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Thank you very much for your feedback!
I did not like the via a lot. There are no many shifts, or shocks, and it looks less nice to me than the Sedona. Although I do need fenders and rack (but these are accessories that can be added to other models)
May I ask you to please comment on why you prefer the Giant over the Navigator? Is the quality better? Or something else?
If you like the 7500 and want fenders/rack, you might want to look at the Trek Allent. The geometry is almost exactly the same as the 7000 series, and it has matching fenders and a rack included. It does have lower level components, but is also a bit cheaper than the 7500.
It also doesn't have a front suspension, although many here say you don't need one if you don't go offroad often. I was considering one for commuting, but decided to outfit the 7100 I already have instead.