Re: Which way to go
I ride a Cranbrook and I'm entirely happy with it. I'd had some doubts about whether it was tough enough or not. I no longer have those doubts. It's tough enough. You ought to do okay with yours.
Though I shouldn't even try to influence your decision, I will suggest that you don't write off the china girls too quickly. Though there are folks around who feel that they are not even good enough to be used as boat anchors there are others who love them the way we love VW Beetles and old Plymouth Valiants. Or ugly dogs. Yep, they're quirky and they're not high quality. But you really can have a beautiful relationship with them anyway.
And they have the one great virtue of being very inexpensive.
Whichever way you go, good luck and have fun.