I'm trying to decide on a new bike and was wondering if anyone can provide some advice. I ride exclusively on bitumen/asphalt bike paths for recreation and to stay fit and always ride in nice weather. I'm currently using a Fuji Nevada mountain bike but would like to get something more suitable for bike paths. Looking through the web I think I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes:
Trek 7.6 FX - http://www.trekbikes.com/au/en/bikes...ss/fx/7_6_fx/#
I started looking at the Trek because a friend of mine has an older model and is very happy with it. I've read somewhere that the 7.6 is quite heavy though. Their website unfortunately doesn't specify the weight. The bike paths I ride on can be quite busy on weekends and thus require lot of slowing down and speeding up so weight of the bike would be a factor.
Giant Cross City RX 0 - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/...7451/#overview
Giants seem to be very popular and this model has the Shimano 105 derailleurs which I think are better that the models offered on the other 2 bikes.
Scott Metrix20 - http://www.scott-sports.com/global/e...0-solution-xs/
Scott is the only company of the 3 that specifies the weight of the bike and at 9.84 kg it sounds fairly light, compared to my mountain bike at least. I also like the look of this bike.
As mentioned before I always ride in nice weather so I don't need disc brakes. I'd like the bike to be fairly fast but not too uncomfortable thus I'm looking at flat bar bikes. Most of my rides are 1-2 hours long. Goo quality smooth shifting is also important to me.
Many thanks in advance for any advice you can offer,