I was looking for a hybrid to ride around town, do some fitness riding, pretty paved trails, basic riding. I thought hybrids were perfect for the wife and I to start riding but today I went into a local bike shop (we been to several test riding bikes) and the guy suggested I looked into a Specialized Hardrock 29er. He said I could put road tires on and I'll just be like hybrids but better because of the front suspension shocks, disc brakes, better gears and overall the same amount of money I'm paying for a hybrid but you get the versatility of a road and mountain when I want to. This opened a new idea since I did have an interest in some mountain riding but not for a while. My question is, is what he is talking about true? I mean I thought hybrids would still have some advantages over mountain bikes, such as stiffness, lighter, nimbleness, better suited for the road.
He told me the mountain bike on road tires will still be as fast as any hybrid bike and just as heavy if not lighter. He said hybrids are basically mountain bikes without the front shocks. I don't know if hes really just trying to get me to buy that particular mountain bike but I wanted some more information. Also its hard to compare weight between bikes as many manufactures does not list it. Any help would be great!
Bikes I've test rode so far: