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    Some advice please on choosing a hybrid bike

    Hello, I am hoping there are some knowledgeable people here can help me choose between two hybrids I've been eyeing. I haven't ridden much recently having gotten fed up with how heavy and clunky my 12 yr old MTB (a Saracen fastrax) was.

    I'm in the UK, 280lb/130kg, 5'11/180cm, long in trunk. I have a lot of steep hills near me, country roads (tarmacked but often mud covered with some loose stones) and plenty of towpaths/canal tracks. I was looking for something practical and fast enough for simple work commuting that could take these roads, and also be used for some fun rides in the country during days off, and a hybrid seems to right way to go. Unfortunately past selecting frame size, front suspension (lockable), brake type and gears the other more detailed bike specs I've been looking at don't mean much to me!
    I havent the expertise or patience for a lot of fiddling with the mechanics of a bike (for that reason I ruled out hydrolic brakes for example) but do want a high quality ride. I've narrowed it down to two bikes, do you feel one stands out as a clear winner?

    Halfords | Boardman Performance MX Race Bike - Medium 19"

    Specialized Crosstrail Disc 2014 Hybrid Bike | Evans Cycles

    if you feel they're both duds, any other suggestions of bikes in this sort of spec that would be a good buy? (available easily in the UK)

    Thanks to all who answer!

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    Of the two, I'm only familiar with the Specialized and it certainly is no dud. I'd agree that a hybrid would certainly meet your needs, and if you've decided that you want a suspended forks, then it really comes down to trying out some different options for yourself. I rode a bunch of different bikes in the fixed fork hybrid category and certainly found no duds from any of the major manufacturers. But I did find that one appealed most in terms of fit, feel and overall aesthetics and that's the one I bought. Have you narrowed a large field of options down to these two by riding them?

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    I've ridden the specialized and it's a good fit, but there are no 19" of the boardman anywhere within 40 miles (have seen the 21" in the metal flesh but it was too big to check the ride). These are narrowed down from quite a few, one of the last to be eliminated was the Marin san rafael which seemed nice also, though less for the money

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    If you can't find the other bike to test ride anywhere near you,... you can either venture far to try to ride it, or settle with the Specialized. Many people here are familiar with it and know that it's a great bike/brand.
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