I am planning to buy a bike as for commuting and some recreational driving in the weekend. I have been reading a lot about both models and i am still in doubt. Apparently the Trek is good for smoothly paved streets but as soon you get on cobbled streets it is much heavier to drive the bike. How is that with the Sportster? I am pretty tall and i would like a maximum on driving comfort also for some longer distances. Which model do you recommend?
Thanks in advance
I am new to cycling so I don't know how good my advice is. I bought a Sportster P5 in October so I am not sure how similar it is to a P4. I can tell you that my P5 does pretty well over cobblestones and pebbles but it also has front suspension. I am not sure if the P4 has that. I also like that the seat on the P5 is smaller and more comfortable for longer rides, unlike the larger seats on some of the hybrids. I have no idea what the Trek 7 is like since I did not test ride one.
My best advice however is to just go and test ride the bikes you are interested in buying/considering. I did the same thing when I was looking for bikes by reading all about them but when I actually got on my bike, I threw out my reasearch and picked the one I felt the most comfortable on. Test ride the bikes on the types of surfaces you my ride on if you can, and pick the bike that feels the best to you.
i am new to cycling as an adult, and i bought the trek for the same reasons you are considering it, and i couldn't be happier with it, the ride is a little rough, i guess that's because of the aluminum frame and alloy fork, but other than that i love it. Shifts are smooth and crisp... i didn't expect that considering what it cost. the only thing i changed and i recommend you do too if you decide on the trek, is the seat, it's small and uncomfortable.