My daughter is outgrowing her youth bike and I was going to give her my urban/city bike (Marin Point Reyes) that I have been using the past couple of years to commute to work/recreation (i.e. That's my lame excuse for wanting to buy another bike. ).
Although I like my city bike, I now have the bug and want to upgrade. I bought the Marin on sale for $500 in 2009 and was looking to get something under $1500 firm (i.e. $1500 is plenty for my level of riding.).
a) Work Commute = 11 miles through suburbia of Metro Detroit... mainly older suburbs (Warren & Pontiac) with broken roads and sidewalks. Cracks, rutts, etc. abound with each route (about ~40% of the ride) and even the sidewalks are uneven, cracked (sometimes I take the sidewalks as the road might be worse).
b) Recreation = Paved or crush limestone trails/roads. No rougher than that.
b) Disc brakes
c) No suspension (I don't want that mass.), but I'd prefer a frame that is forgiving for my commuting. I'm not sure of all of the types of frames out there, but I presume different architectures = varying degrees of stiffness.
d) I don't need road racer tires. The ones that came with the Marin are plenty and I don't want any larger profile/size than that. My wife's BadBoy5 has some rather thin tires and they're punishing on some of the Pontiac roads.
d) My Marin uses a Deore groupset and my wife's BadBoy5 uses a combo of Alivio shifters and Deore XT... and I feel that is plenty adequate for my taste. I know the bikes I'm currently looking at uses one step lower in grade, but I'm not sure if I would even notice the quality/performance difference.
I don't know many brands, but have found these options. The Tricross and CrossRip seem to be equals, while the Secteur seems to be a roadbike made for comfort. Is that the case?
Are there more like these?
TREK CrossRip Elite (I would probably get the regular CrossRip.)
SPECIALIZED TriCross Elite Disc (But probably the lower Sport Disc is adequate.)
SPECIALIZED Secteur Sport Disc
BTW... can someone explain to me the meaning behind Specialized's choice of the words "Compact" and "Triple" in their TriCross naming convention? Compact as in short wheelbase? Triple what?