I test rode a 2013 Misceo 2.0, thought it was pretty nice. In my opinion, the Miseco is more of an urban mountain bike (similar to the giant seek, marin muirwoods, etc.), while the FX tends to be a hybrid road bike. Both are good in their own way, but I prefer the urban bikes myself.
Ride them all and see which one you like more. I ride a Marin Muirwoods 29er daily but I'm more about getting there comfortably on the beat up streets of SF. It's nice not having to constantly dodge every road imperfection and not having to worry if I accidentally hit a small hole in the street.
The bigger tires will soften the ride a lot compared to the flat bar road bikes I tried, but the Muirwoods definitely feels more sluggish. I didn't ride any Trek FX though, only tried some Scott and a Marin Highway One (I think).
Definately will ride both. I am on 700 x 38's at the moment, and I like 'em.
I was looking at the Misceo a little while back as well as a possible option. I ended up going with a Jamis Coda Comp and throwing 35s on it. In any case, though, if you like the wider tires of the Misceo, I believe you can get 38s on an FX (if not, you sure can get 35s).
Also, I don't know if you've looked at a Specialized Sirrus (comparable to an FX, but their forks have tons of room. When I looked at them, I had my LBS check on whether 38s would fit, and they did. It even looked like I could go bigger than 38. So if you like the sportier style of the FX but want a thicker tire, that might be worth checking out.
Yeah, I can see why you'd want to stick to what's around you. From my experience, even getting to see the Misceo was a pain. There are 3 Raleigh dealers by me, but none of them had any misceos. I had to drive to a dealer who actually had one.
Compare that to a Trek FX, which I'm betting almost anyone in this forum is within 20 minutes of. Which brings up a related point, something I've noticed with my Jamis. If you get a Trek FX, there will be a wealth of info online about every little thing. Now if you want to just get the bike and go, not bothering to modify much or go searching forums after you get the bike, no biggie. But if you're planning on making upgrades/changes and looking for help online, there will be tons more FX-specific answers.
Actually the same dealer has Trek and Raleigh. I would be ok with either one considering that alone. Would have to drive to the Specialized dealer.
There is a Jamis dealer in town. It is a sporting goods store that has a bike shop upstairs. The "bike guy" is only there on Thurs. and sometimes Fri. They can't even shoot you a price until he is there. VERY little inventory where bikes are concerned and less than that of accessories. A few mtn bikes and some comfort bikes. No road bikes at all. People on here seem to like Jamis. They would get a look if the local service were better.
I hear ya on the aftermarket upgrades/info/whatever for the FX. I guess the fact they have been around that long, in more or less the same configuration, is a mark on the plus side of the page for them.
I have the disc brake rigid misceo and I love it. To be fair it was the first bike I've had since I was a teenager. I also largely bought based on the dealer who i'd known since before he opened his shop. Also glad I bought from him. I don't have a ton to compare the bike to but have seriously enjoyed it. With fenders and a rear rack it takes care of me on my 5 mile each way commute. I've done a 50 mile day on it and was pretty beat at the end but think that's an engine problem. I also did some light to moderate mountain biking with it and it held up fine. 38s suck off road especially if its sandy though. I am thinking of putting on a set of real 29er tires to make it a big rigid truly do everything (ok a lot) bike
Thanks ditchbanker. I am supposed to ride one thurs evening. I can hardly wait!!! I rode a couple of Treks just a bit yesterday. Man a 7.4 is saaaweeeeeet! I think that is out of my price range though. Will do some extended rides Saturday and try to make my decision.
Funny thing happened since I started this thread.
I looked at the bikes last Saturday and posted the question. I'm thinking, "If I could sell my bike, I might be able to swing one of these." When I walked into work Monday morning the guy I bought my bike from comes up to me and says, "You want to sell the bike? I'd like to buy it back." So I had to reply that "maybe we can work something out".