I recently test ride this Cannondale. The config is quite close to Trek DS 8.4. Both are in the 800 range.
Take a second look around, Giant Roam 2 also has a pretty decent even better config. with a little lower price tag of 650. Went to my LBS this afternoon, but they don't carry the hybrid there. Let's get back to the ultimate usage: I am not going to use it to commute at all! Just for fun weekend cycling with my wife on park trails where most are paved road with a little dirt.
My question 1: if you keep the frame and upgrade the gears in the future, is Cannondale's frame better?
My question 2: does Altus really inferior to Alivio in daily use?
Anyway, ordered it after waiting for some suggestions here for one week. Will see if 900 dollars are worth it. After all, I am an amateur who will only use it for leisure time in parks. Will update the post after I use the bike. Thanks for your attention.