Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: adelaide, australia
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Hybrid bikes generally come in two flavors. Some lean more to road or smooth riding like a flat bar roadbike and some have a leaning to more off road use.
You description of where your riding to me means you want the later, these bikes have lower gearing for hills and you might even want a suspension fork to smooth things out a bit for rough riding, there geometry is more suited for slower riding in tighter terrain but still there not full on MTB's and better on road than a mtb.
Here the Trek leans more to smoother fast riding while this Giant would be a great bike for you but there's loads of other brands it depends on whats available to you. I think the Cadent would sit in between these, closer to the Giant of off road but has a rigid fork better for smoother roads.
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