Hybrid Bicycles - WANTED: Flat Bar Road Bike (Hybrid?)
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03-10-10, 11:51 AM
I have been riding my mountain bike to work for the past week or so and really miss my road bike (sold it last year). I have decided that after almost getting killed twice in Wash DC traffic, that I really was more comfortable on a flat bar bike....so sold roadbikes and kept mountian bike.
Bottom line, I am starting to commute again to drop 50 lbs (weigh around 250) and am looking for a bike. Since I sold a really nice road bike and Momma hasn't spent my bike stash on sparklys, I can afford to spend in the $1,200 range. Being heavy and loving my disc brakes on the mt bike, I would like to have them on my commuter. Any ideas where to start looking? Is there a decent place with bike reviews to see how others rate the different manufacturers?
03-11-10, 08:01 AM
Jamis Coda Elite. Steel frame/carbon fork and Avid BB7's. I had one and only sold it because it was a touch small. It'll take wider tires/fenders/racks too.
Cannondale's Bad Boy Disc and Bad Boy Ultras are also good choices. For your budget,you'll have to look at used models,but since the new ones are running those impractical single-sided forks,that's not a bad thing. The BBU can also take a MTB wheelset,so you get two bikes in one with a second wheelset.
Giant's Seek series and Kona's Dews are also sweet bikes,but it sounds like you're looking for something closer to a roadbike.
03-11-10, 09:09 AM
+1 Kona's Asphalt bikes. Kona seems to do a lot of really specific, purpose-built designs, which makes me happy.
The PhD (http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=phd) is specifically described as a flat-bar road bike.
I've been tooling around on a 2010 Dr. Dew (http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=drdew) for about a week now, and I love it. If you wanted to lighten it up, you could swap some of the components (the fork, for instance) for carbon fiber.
The higher-end Trek FX line (7.5, 7.6, 7.7). I believe starting with the 7.6 all the components are 10-speed "road" (i.e. from Shimano's "road" lines). I converted my 7.5 to be a 10-speed Ultegra drivetrain and went with a totally flat bar (the stock had a slight rise) and put 700cx23 tires and certainly view it as a "flat bar road bike".
Oops, just now see you want disc brakes......
03-11-10, 09:47 AM
Jamis coda elite. I would have bought a coda if I had been able to find the base model in my size, but none of the bike shops closest to me had one, and ordering one special would cost full MSRP, so I went with a Sirrus. I dont see a need for disc brakes on a pavement bike if you use good brake pads. I never had a problem with v-brakes offroad, either?
The Coda Elite is right in your price range, so I would find one and take a test spin, see if you like it. Steel will help absorb road vibration and rougher roads better than aluminum. And the Coda lineup just looks classic with its small tubing :)
03-11-10, 06:20 PM
Am looking for a shop that sells Jamis in my area. Meanwhile, does anyone have any experience with Fuji Absolute? The 1.0 series also has disc brakes......I did look at the Kona, but cant afford $2500 for a commuter. Also Cannondale is out as it is more of a mountain bike with smaller tires.
thanks and still looking
03-11-10, 11:34 PM
Maybe something like this?
Felt X-City 1 (http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2010-Product-Catalog/X-CITY/X-CITY-Series/X-City-1.aspx)
The MSRP is higher than your range, but I don't know what they actually are selling for. It's more of a commuter/city type bike, but I have a 2009 model with derailleur (X-City D) and I love mine.
I also like the Dew series that was mentioned. I've never seen the Jamis Coda.
Where do plan to lock your bike at work?
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