Does anyone have any info on this bike. I'm done using my race bikes for commuting. For the money the urban X looks like a great deal. Any info from owners would be great.
First I have seen of this bike. Looks to be nicely configured for the price. The frame and components are low-end bike shop but it is pretty well equipped. My biggest complaint is that the front fender is entirely too short. It will leave your feet and lower legs soaked from road spray.
Here's a review by the Commute By Bike guys.
The few, the proud, the likely insane, Metro-Atlanta bicycle commuters.
I've had my Urban-X for about one month. I commute to work daily, although it's only a 9 mile round trip. If the commute were longer, I believe I'd get another seat. I like this bike a lot, and I have found the fender size to be fine-and I live on the foggy/rainy north coast of California! I am still deciding upon the all-important question of rear baskets or panniers.
Might I suggest folding baskets, biketony?
You certainly may! Could you (PLEASE!) elaborate a bit? Do you prefer baskets over panniers? Why?
To stay on topic, I did have a change made to my KHS Urban-X when I bought it: I had narrow tires installed. I really like the reduction in rolling friction, but, of course, the trade-off is that the ride is a wee bit 'harder'. The only problem with my bike, really, is that I have to get a new fork assembly for my trusty BOB trailer; the existing one won't fit on the 26" wheel with fender. FWIW, I had considered the Breezer Uptown model, but the price difference was huge. Also, frankly, my LBS had the KHS right there!
I prefer folding baskets to panniers. Its more elgant and I don't have to worry about bringing the pannier everytime I go and ride out. And it folds away and it looks like it is part of the bike itself. But thats just me.
If you google "folding basket wald", you should get some pretty good results and reviews.