Long story short. Hi, I'm a newb. I had an SR 10speed 20+ years ago. I'm a runner on the IR, looking to keep going into old age. (knees are getting tired) I'm thinking hybrid for a 32c tire, rougher local roads and overall versatility.
I was talking w/ a guy at Perf Bike yesterday who was all about Fuji bikes. I heard "more bang for buck" and "more relaxed geometry". (compared to Diamondback & GT)
I know it's about fit but at 6'3" and 190lbs, I need a big frame (XL or 22/23") and hardly any stores have them so my "tests" are usually done on 21" at best. So I get that I should "try them for best fit" but this is easier said than done. (I rode a Fuji 1.4 w/ carbon forks. Nice but only 1 bike)
So my biggest question is twofold.......
#1 .) Assuming I'm more game for a relaxed fit, is Fuji in that category and/or does somebody do "relaxed" better?? (I get the more "upright", more tube angles for less aggressive position but maybe more tilted/spread/upright is not necessarily more relaxed to some?)
#2 .) Any suggestions for my difficult situation of not being able to try multiple 22-23" frames side by side?? (If I were 5'10" & 165lbs, I could test tons of bike & make an easy decision)
Thanks in advance, I've read & learned quite a bit here already!