I've been doing some research to find a nice flat bar road bike for my girlfriend. Went down to a local shop and test road a giant fcr1 and a trek (can't remember the model of that one). Both the bikes had a shimano R44s front derailleur. The giant had sram x.7 shifters and the trek had some shimano shifters. I was concerned that both bikes had the same exact problem. When I was down shifting from the large front chainring, the chain always went down to the smallest chainring instead of the middle. I was only able to get to the middle chainring when going up from the small chainring. Has anyone here found that to be a problem? Seems like that r443 is just kinda junky...not to mention the shimano shifters on that trek. I really wish shimano or sram would come out with a fully integrated group for flatbar road bikes. It just seems sloppy to throw on an r443, which according to some is the only workable setup for flat bar roadbikes. Other folks seem to think that shimano road front derailleurs would work fine with flat bar shifters. Any help on this would be appreciated.