A hybrid bicycle is part cruiser, part road bike. It is light enough to be used for fitness, but comfortable enough for recreation -- partly due to a higher seat angle and padded saddle. The Trek 7200 and the Schwinn Sporterra NX8 are comparable hybrid bikes with many of the same features, but different enough to fit different riders.
The Trek 7200 is available in 15-, 17.5-, 20-, 22.5- and 25-inch sizes, while the Schwinn is available only in an unspecific "XL." The Trek has an aluminum frame with Suntour preload adjustable 50 mm travel suspension with mechanical lockout. The Schwinn's frame is an double-butted aluminum alloy with a rigid fork. Both bikes feature 32-hole alloy rims, but the Trek has an alloy front hub and a Shimano RM30 back hub while the Schwinn has an RM60 front hub with a Shimano Nexus eight-speed internal gear in the back.
Both bikes are eight-speed models. The Schwinn uses a TruVativ IsoFlow 1.0G crank, a TruVativ cartridge JIS taper bottom bracket, a KMC Z-82 chain, a Shimano Nexus Revo and no derailleurs. The Trek uses a Shimano M171 48/38/28 crank with a Shimano HG40 11-32 cassette and Shimano derailleurs -- M191 in the front, Alivio in the back. The Trek comes equipped with Shimano EF51 eight-speed trigger shifters.
The Trek bike comes with platform pedals; the Schwinn comes with steel cage pedals. The Schwinn brakes are Tektro 839 Forged linear pull brakes with 65-mm pads and Tektro alloy levers, while the Trek has Tektro V-brakes with Shimano EF51 levers. Both bikes have threadless headsets; the Trek version is a sealed semicartridge bearing, and the Schwinn version is an FSA Intellaset. Both seat posts are alloy, but the Trek features adjustable suspension while the Schwinn lacks suspension entirely. The Trek saddle is a Bontrager SSR, the Schwinn saddle is a proprietary Bio Tuned with a D2 base. Both bikes feature alloy handlebars: the Schwinn with a 31.8-mm rise, the Trek with a 25-mm rise.
With factory-standard components, the Trek 7200 averages around $500, but some sellers also offer a separate electric-assist kit that can be fitted to the bike, raising the price to around $2,300. The Schwinn Sporterrra NX8 retails for about $649. All prices are as of January 2011.