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My wife and I are looking for some help in choosing our first bikes in 20 years.
Our aim is to get fitter/lose weight and we will be using the bike mainly on roads/bike paths, with some riding on forest trails.
I have back issues so I would need something more upright and comfortable.

I went to 4 bike shops, the first 2 suggested a mountain bike, the last two suggested a hybrid.

Budget is around £500 ($800)
These were the bikes we liked most:

Trek 7200
http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/bike_path/hybrid/7200e/

Cube LTD CLS Pro
http://www.cube-bikes.de/xist4c/web/ltd-cls-pro_id_36158_.htm
(Cant find any reviews for this)

It was suggested that I add an adjustable handlebar extension and suspension post to it.

The other choice would be a mountain bike
Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc 2010
http://www.cyclesuk.com/110-258584

Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 2010
http://www.cyclesuk.com/110-258586

I did try the cube(20") and was touching the bar when standing, the bike guy said it was fine and an 18" would be too small but I thought you needed clearance??(I am 5'10 and 31" inseem)

Any help would be appreciated
Thanks
 

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to add to AZmtns post

you fit a bike properly by knowing your needs for the top tube length of the bike, NOT the frame size of, for example, 20". Frame size: that is the distance from the bottom bracket centre to the the top of the seat tube, and is only an general indicator of size. Models and makes differ, sometimes a lot.

I also am 5'10" with a 31 inseam, so we have short legs and long torsos. I need a 24" ETT (effective top tube), so generally speaking an 18 or 19" frameset works for me, but you have to try them all. Like shoes, each model and make is different. Don't rush into it, get the fit right, or, like shoes, the bikes will hit the storage locker for all eternity.

Find a ride that feels right - like it was made just for you: not too upright and not too far forward with too much weight on your hands.

Good luck, and expect the LBS fit you correctly and well, or find one that will, Jim
 

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Don't know anything about those particular bikes but in your price range I would stick with the big names like Trek, Specialized, Giant etc so you're on the right track brand wise. Hybrid also seems like a good choice. At this point I would test ride and buy the one you like the most from a comfort standpoint. I personally tend to err on the smaller side of frames and you can make up for it with a longer seatpost, stems, stem spacers etc so In your example I would go 18" vs the larger one.

Good luck.
 

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Adding to the advice...

Adding to the advice: You and your wife don't need the same model and style of bike. Matching bikes are cute but since you and your wife are built differently, a frame or model that works for you may not work for your wife and vice versa.
 

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Based on the specs. alone i'd say the Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc 2010 has the best fork,rear derail and second best brakes of the bunch. It's the one I'd choose for trails as the best performer. The Cube does seem like a more comfortable bike thou with a more upright riding position and sleeker tires for less rolling resistance on the road. Also I'm not sure if you're aware of this but the Trek 7200 you've listed is a Woman Specific Design "WSD" .
 
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