I am about to get myself a hybrid bike, but being tight on budget (~ 200USD). I didn't really have many options to choose from. I'd initially thought of buying this particular bike, Mach City Munich after reading good reviews about it online, but it's been unavailable for the past month, without any surety about when it will be.
So, the shopkeepers suggested I get myself another bike, named Montra Downtown.
I live in a city where roads have potholes and bumpers more frequent than lighting poles, (but not the kind that'd require an MTB).
The bike will primarily be used for commute (~15 kilometres, 6 days a week), but I'm also thinking of taking it out for long rides (about a hundred kilometres or so) on weekends.
Both of them have a triple chain ring system.
Downtown has an alloy (6061) body with a steel fork whereas Munich has both the body and fork made of steel.
Both of them have a 21 speed system with triple chain ring system.
Downtown has Shimano TY300 whereas Munich has TZ40 rear derailleur.
Munich has Shimano TX 50 where Downtown has Shimano TX 500 front derailleur.
Both have Shimano easy fire shifters with integrated brake levers, with Munich having a three finger braking, and Downtown having a two-finger.
The brakes, however, on Downtown are disc brakes, whereas on Munich are V brakes.
The cassettes on both are the same too.
Downtown mentions BB Cartridge-Sealed Bearing-Cold Forged Boron Axle, Plastic cups, Steel Body for the bottom bracket whereas nothing is Mentioned for Munich.
I've never ridden a bike with gears as of yet, this will be my first time.
I'm confused between which one to buy for a multitude of reasons. I've been told that a steel body has a give, it flexes, which allows for a more comfortable ride in a place that has roads that aren't very smooth, which does not happen with an aluminum (alloy) frame.
I've heard that disc brakes are harder, require a lot of maintenance and are more expensive to maintain compared to V brakes too.
Downtown has alloy rims, double walled. Munich previously had "double walled rims" specified but currently their website only says that the rims have an ED black finish so I'm not sure if they still have double walled rims.
The bike will most likely be stored about two storeys high, where it'd need to be picked up and carried through the staircase.
And last, but not the least, the cost of Downtown is about 20% higher than Munich. (both are in the budget nevertheless).
If I buy Munich, is it a good idea to swap components and use? For example, the rear derailleur?
Moreover, since I've chosen to buy a rigid bike (because my limited scope of knowledge tells me that a suspension frame with such a low price tag will only be a pain), is adding a suspension seat post a good idea?