I am looking to replace my road bike with a hybrid bike. Though I like the weight of the road bike, I never got comfortable with how fast it goes and how unstable it feels going downhill. I bike in the foothills of the Catskills, and thereís a lot of downhill.
I had a Trek 720 hybrid that served me well for many years. In fact, Iíve ridden it from Boston to New York and did several rides of 60+ miles on it (of course I was younger, then). I would like to spend less than $500 on a bike that has wider tires, is more stable, yet wonít feel like Iím dragging a cinderblock while I am riding uphill. In the limited research I have done (online and at a local bike shop), it seems that Trek 7.2x, the Giant Cypress and the Raleigh Passage 5.5 would be good choices for me. Anyone got any advice to help me make this decision?