I'm looking for a new bike for longer and faster rides. I'm planning to use it for long distance commute (50 km) and touring (mainly road but I'm sure there will be plenty off-road miles) so it must be able to mount rack, etc.
I was thinking that a hybrid bicycle was the best choice but even inside the hybrid category there are so many choices.
That's why I need some help with my final decision as I round it up to just two bikes now.
One is a performance hybrid (2014 Giant Escape 0)
The other is flat bar road bike (2014 Scott Metrix 30)
The Metrix is $70 cheaper.
My main question is component wise. While the Metrix has road-oriented gearing the Escape has mountain bike-oriented parts.
Shimano Deore (mid-range MTB) or Claris (new low-range road) components, which one do you think is better? which will last longer? be more durable in the long run.
If you look at shimano hierarchy of components, Deore seems to be the better option but I've also heard that road component tend to be lighter and last longer than MTB parts.
There is also the issue of wheel width, 28c-30c-32c-35c-37c I want the narrower width that would allow me to go through some light trails off road.
Thanks in advance for any advice or info on the matter