Just finished my first ride on the combo and found it a major improvement. Much more confidence (i.e less pucker factor), better climbing ability (easier to stand & pedal), and cleared obstacles that I've never managed to clear previously.

In hindsight, I should have made the switch a long time ago. And for the record, I did try several LBS' websites before heading online - I'll always buy local (personally AND at work) if presented with viable options.