Hello. I am completely new to the bike scene and thought it would be a good idea to get some opinions on some hybrid bikes I have been comparing.
I'm 24, 6 ft, 180lbs. Primary reason for purchasing a bike would be for commuting to work, but I live in San Diego where there are lots of recreational areas and trails, which is why I want to have a hybrid bike to try a bit of everything instead of a road bike. My budget is $600.
I've gone through almost all of the major bike manufacturers but I'm not seeing much of a difference. I know the components are important but looking through rankings of Shimano derailers and shifters doesn't really tell me anything. Anyway, here is my list of affordable bikes at the moment.
1. Marin - San Rafael DS2
2. Trek - 8.2 DS
3. Cannondale - Quick CX 5
4. Specialized - Crosstrail
5. Giant - Roam 2
Your advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!