Hello all, I've been looking at the Hybrid models, doing some research online and some test rides.
I've seen alot of posts about the after dealer service, so in our town these are the brands I have access too and good dealer support on. Our area has miles of paved trails (or at a minimum crushed limestone), so I'm using this mostly for additional exercise and some good rides.
At this point I have it narrowed down to the Cannondale Quick 4, Trek FX 7.3 and Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc all of the 2015 model variety. I am looking to stay with about the $700 or less range for what I'm looking for in the Hybrid community. I was looking for some feedback from the community on these bikes and the components on them and if that gives one an edge. I thought the Trek was very smooth shifting wise, although the seat was not as nice as the Cannondale IMO. The Specialized felt really good as well and the braking was different with the Disc. I know the disc adds extra dollars, but wasn't sure if in the long run the Alivio compoents on the real derailleur on the other two I might be happier long run wise. The other concern I had is I know they make all levels of items are the disc break on the Specialized a good value? The Cannondale I test road was actually the Quick 5, they have a 4 coming in to build. I didn't think the shifting was quite as good on the Quick 5 as the Specialized and Trek, but the Quick 4 steps up to the Alivio Rear derailleur so I have some high hopes for it. From what I can tell it looks like the Trek and Specialized have some flavor of puncture resistant tires, which I thought may be some value add. I also liked the Trek has internal cabling, which looked a little cleaner, but not sure if this really is + feature vs the others.
I read through this article that put many things in perspective about what to look for, disc brakes ,etc. The Best Hybrid Bike | The Sweethome . The interesting item was that the 2014 Trek FX 7.2 seems like it turned into the 2015 Trek Fx 7.3.
The Trek is the cheapest at $659, Specialized is right at $700, and the Cannondale Quick 4 is around $740, but they said they could get me close to the $700 number.
I listed the specs below from my reading my understanding is the Atlus --> Acera --> Alivio is the hierarchy on the Shimano components. From a shifter standpoint is one better than the other in the hierarchy world?
Shifters - Shimano EF65, 9 speed
Front derailleur - Shimano Acera
Rear derailleur - Shimano Alivio
Crank - Shimano Acera M371, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
Cassette - Shimano HG20 11-32, 9 speed
Cannondale Quick 4
Shifters - Shimano M310 Rapidfire Plus
Front Derailleur - Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur -Shimano Alivio
Crank -Shimano M311, 48/38/28
Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc
FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Acera, top swing, dual-pull
REAR DERAILLEUR -Shimano Acera, 9-speed
SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano Acera Rapidfire Plus, 2x9, w/ optical display
CASSETTE - Shimano, 9-speed, 11-32
CRANKSET -Forged alloy, 9-speed, square spindle, w/ chainguard