(Just tried to post this and lost everything because I wasn't logged in. omg… here goes again…)
Husband and I are in the market for new hybrid bikes (last purchased Marin mountain bikes in 1990). We live in a rural area on gravel roads and will also ride pavement, trails and take camping. (watertown, MN)
We both like suspension with locks. Have gotten a lot of conflicting info on disc brakes. Really confused about this. Read good things here, but friends with tons of bikes and experience say they are a pain in the ass and tend to fail. Any comments?
Husband likes the Specialized Crosstrail and Marin Dual Sport. Reading posts here he should also consider Trek (which one?) and Giant (escape??).
I seem to be stuck on the Camaleonte Cross. My confusion comes on Bianche's website: it is woefully sparse. There are 5 camaleonte models listed (Cross, Sport, Due Disc, Quattro, Quatrro Dama) that don't seem to line up with the (also sparse) online reviews, which list them as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. From my sleuthing, I *think* the Cross is the 3. But when I read about the 3 here, it doesn't seem to jive with the aluminum suspension fork shown on their website.
I should also say that we shopped 5 LBS this weekend and were appalled at the experience. I don't feel like typing it all again, but suffice to say, I've learned more in this forum in 30 minutes than I did all weekend at the bike shops. I would be better served to get input here and THEN go try the bikes out.
Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks, Jennie.