So, I went to my LBS and tried some bikes. At the end I had to decide between the Trek 8.3 DS ($609) and the Raleigh Misceo 3.0 ($599 - 2103 model).
Raleigh Bicycles Misceo 3.0 - 2013 Lifestyle
I wanted a bike to ride mostly around paved trails and some packed dirt trails. Maybe eventually using it for commute to work (currently 5 miles each way).
I ended up buying the Misceo 3.0. Did I make the right choice? After searching online, I do not see much about this bike. Makes me wonder if it is a good bike, if the components are any good and, if it is good, why there is no much information online about it.
I will appreciate your feedback.