Join Date: Aug 2004
Bikes: Trek 7100, Fuji Newest 2.0
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I'm your guy, We just bought 3 bikes.
Trek 1700 for me, love it
Giant Cypress for my wife, she likes it I think the Trek stands above it.
Trek Navigator 100 my daughter, couldn't convince her to get the thinner rubber.
I cannot see getting the Navigator unless it's better for the trailer? I do not know about that.
The thinner the tires the less effort to pedal hence the better your enjoyment.
all these bikes were almost the same price $300.00-320.00
I bought my daughters about 2 weeks before I got mine, like you I had not ridden in a long time, I thought the Navigator was great, effortless to pedal. After I had ridden my 7100 a few times I took the Navigator out for 15 minutes, WOW I could not believe how hard it was to get going and how much harder it was to pedal.
If you are pulling a trailer I wouldn't worry about your wife keeping up with you. Do yourself a favor and ride these bikes before you buy. The Navigator might seem very comfortable at first but on a longer ride you would see the difference. When you ride the 7100 or Cypress you will no doubt see the ease of pedaling compared to the Navigator. the only reason we did get the Giant is I wanted to use another LBS so as not to be dealing with only one, and my wife likes the Giant better.
If you really look at all these hybrids out there now they are all almost the same anyway, the running gear is all the same in quality, the whole bike is for that fact, but I think the Trek is by far the better of the two brands. Give it hell!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck, Tony