I have a Trek 7200 - hybrid.
My old bike is a '92 Giant Innova - quasi road, if you will.
I like my hybrid for comfort, tootling around town, and maybe 10-12 mi. on the MUT. It eats a lot of energy, though and is a very slow bike. I'm blaming the front suspension--I've locked it down as much as possible and am once again in the 3rd chain ring. With the suspension open, I was in the Granny Gears.
My old Innova is great for the road, better gearing, better position, BUT the ride is not that comfortable. Some day, when my conditioning can justify it, I'll upgrade to a newer road bike. The clubs around here won't let you ride unless you have a bona fide road bike -- you'll get dropped.
Just an aside, around here, there's a TON of hybrids on Craigslist for less $$ and in great condition. If she's just looking to try it out, this might be a good route. Another option is to rent a model you're considering from an LBS before making a purchase commitment.
Would like to hear what you ended up with! :)
ETA: PS -- forgot to mention that not all hybrids have front suspensions. It does make for a comfy ride, though. Also, both my bikes have 700c tires with road treads. Have you looked at maybe a Trek 7.2 or 7.3 FX or a Fuji Absolute? (just tossin' those out there...)
Edited by: ADDISADDICT at: 8/21/2010 (18:58)
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