I was looking around for a bike and noticed the 2012 w giant escape city was originally priced at $570 and the 2013 w giant escape city was originally priced at $545. Now both are on sale for essentially the same price. Is the 2012 better then the 2013? The LBS said all looked the same and she thinks Giant just lowered their price point, so the only advantage to the newer model is for resale value.
I was initially going to buy the 2013 giant escape 2, but on sale I can buy the 2013 escape city for the same price. I was told by the LBS that the only difference between the 2 was the extra "bells and whistles like racks and fenders but all other components and the frame itself were the same. If thats true, the escape city sounds like the way to go, but I wanted to get other opinions or see if there was something she missed.
Background: women, havent ridden in a while, recreational riding on mostly street, with occasional easy bike trails, live in a hilly area of s. ca
Thanks to all!