I'm new here and am excited to be finally getting a bike. My boyfriend and I will do mostly paved trail riding. We are looking at hybrids. I have it narrowed down to the Specialized Vita or the Trek 7.2 FX WSD. These are both 2015 models that I test rode at our LBS.
I'm having problems deciding because I really like the sportier setup of the Specialized, yet I tend to feel the road vibrations more when compared to the Trek. Could this be that the Trek has a different saddle that may absorb shock? Also, the Trek comes with a dorky brown saddle and grips, which I hate. The Specialized saddle and grips are much more comfortable to me. However, I like the metal pedals of the Trek.
Should I go with the Trek and change out the saddle and grips? Or should I get the Specialized? Also, is there any advantage with one or the other in terms of durability?