After 15 years of being off a bike--and my waist line showing it--I'm about to buy a new bike and get back in shape.
Looking around, Trek and Specialized appear to have good hybrids, which is my desired bike. I have zeroed in on Trek DS 8.x series--leaning to DS 8.4--and on the Specialized side a Crosstrail Elite.
These bikes cost several hundred dollars more than competitor offerings. Are they worth it? Sure they have fancier components and I do like hydraulic brakes.
I can think of two substantive ways they could be worth the extra money:
- They are more reliable and will have less long term maintenance costs
- They will have a higher resale value
Does anyone have a good opinion on whether either of these things is true?