Hi there. I'm in the market for a new bike...I currently ride a P.O.S. Toys R Us MTB...(this one, if you're really curious). I've been doing shorter (10-20 miles) rides on roads around town lately, but I intend to go longer, and possibly start commuting. I've been looking at the '05 Raleigh C200, and I had some questions.
First, the disc brakes. I like the idea, and I know they offer better performance in mud/rain, but is it really going to be that tangible a difference?
Second, aside from the brakes, does the C400 really offer much advantage over the C40 or C30? Can someone explain the advantages to me?
Third, can anyone recommend a comparable cross/hybrid in another brand? My spending limit hovers around the $400 mark, but if I can get quality for less, so much the better. Thanks.