Old, SLOW bike rider! ;)
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Bikes: 1993 Mongoose Switchback MTB
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The biggest difference is what's the road conditions of your commute?? If your 90% road (asphalt/concrete) and 10% crushed limestone/hardpacked dirt then I'd go with the "Hybrid" but if your more towards 50/50 road conditions wise, I'd go with the MTB. We bought entry level MTB's but I "thought" we'd be doing more, "hardpacked dirt" or even some mellow "singletrack", now it's looking like it's more "road and rail-trails (multi-surface) so now were "converting" our MTB's more towards a "Hybrid" set up to make it easier for the "Road Miles". YMMV!
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
1993 Mongoose Switchback Ridged MTB, converted to a "Rail Trail Bike"! :)