Morning all, hope you can help...!
I'm looking at a mixture of trails and road riding, 'do anything' bike for the weekend that won't break the bank and have settled on a Cross Sport hybrid. I have nailed my selection to 2 (maybe 3) bikes. My last bike - for commuting on surface only in super smooth Copenhagen - was a Cube Hyde Comp 2011. I loved that bike for it's super slick gear change and the fact it was pretty quick for a hybrid. It seems that had Alivio shifters and rear mech, FD M310 front mech. I want something that is going to be as smooth through the gears as a minimum.
Trek 8.3 DS
Love the price (£475) but concerned Acera throughout won't be as nice as the Hyde was...
Trek 8.4 DS
£125 more but more like it, with Deore on the back and Alivio shifters / front mech...worth the extra?
Cube Curve Pro
Cube seems to be better specced at the same price point? SLX on the back, Deore up front (though only Acera shifters which is odd).
Anyone with experience of any of these, particularly the Cube vs Trek effect to help me decide? Trek stockist is close by though this one is order only, Cube stockists hard to find so probably mail order, hence my questions.... help on frame size would be good too, I am 5'11" and I tried a Norco 20" and found that two big, so thinking 19" on the Trek and 54cm on the Cube? Thanks in advance!