I've been off my bike for a couple of years and am looking to buy a womens hybrid to ride to work and eventually for longer rides. I've narrowed it down to the Avanti Blade 3.0 and the Specialized Vita Elite DS. Both lovely bikes, but the Avanti has a Shimano mountain bike gear system on it and the Specialized has a Shimano road gear system. Does anyone have any advice on the differences, or any experience with either of these bikes? I imagine the road gears will be smoother? Iím after a smooth fast ride, I won't be in too much traffic and will eventually be riding over a huge hill!
Avanti Blade 3
Specialized Vita Elite DS