Looking to buy a new bike for my girlfriend who loves riding with me on weekends. I personally have a Kona Cadabra which is a couple years old and want to get her something that is in a similar class. To be honest she might be in better shape then me and needs a real machine.
The Kona’s are nice but I think she should experiment with some other brands. The Trek Lush is really nice. Another girl that we ride with occasionally just bought one. Not too heavy but seems to be very stirdy. According to the bicycling.com it’s one of their top models for 2012
My current favorite though is the Scott Contessa Spark:
Ok so this bike is pricey however 24.5 lbs compared to the 28 lb trek is where that is coming from. Additionally the braking system seems to be superior to anything else in the marketplace (we tested one a couple weeks ago) and really if you’re going to climb fast and turn hard corners then weight and brakes matter.