My girlfriend and I are getting new bikes this week. I've already ordered a complete Surly Creamroller from my LBS after hearing good things about it and doing a bunch of research. My girlfriend has been looking into the IRO Mark V or the Origin 8 Uno, but hasn't made a final decision quite yet.
I figured I'd inquire as to what bike might be better for her for the money. The complete Uno hovers around $500 and the Mark V at around $700. She wants to know what will give her better bang for her buck, but I don't know enough about bikes/components to give her any decent advice.
Any thoughts? Do they provide different types of rides? Is one more suited for the road than the other or provide more options for changing builds?