Join Date: May 2014
Location: Lewisville, TX
Bikes: 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 hybrid, 2000 Mongoose S2000 MTB, 2009 Schwinn Jaguar beach cruiser
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Fuji makes great bikes, hybrids included, and are a great value. You indicate that Trek is more of a brand name than a performance line, but I would disagree. They make great bikes at all different levels. What I have seen though is they typically run a little higher than Fuji and Giant for bikes with similar componentry at the different package levels.
While I ride an Absolute 2.1 (purchased from Performance Bicycles), I did look at the Traverse line as well. I knew that nearly all my riding would be on pavement, so I went with the Absolute. It does appear that the Traverse 1.6 has a lockout on the suspension fork, so that definitely helps on longer rides on pavement.
I will also say that while Performance Bicycles is essentially a "big box store" for bicycles and accessories, their service is really good, their rewards program is nice, and the online store is good in that you can ship ordered items for free to the local store rather than paying shipping to your home. I've put about 150 miles on my Absolute since picking it up about 2.5 weeks ago and have already taken advantage of their lifetime free adjustments.
I believe that you can't really go wrong with either Fuji or Performance Bikes, but that's JMHO. Of course, fit supercedes all, and it may be that the Fuji doesn't really fit you or feel right to you. Ride a bunch of different bikes, and work with the staff to find what may be right for you.
Last edited by camjr; 06-17-14 at 06:40 AM.