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    Bike suitable for commuting

    Hello,
    Please excuse my ignorance. I am looking forward to upgrading my current commuting bike (an old Giant mountain bike), to something a little more suitable. I am looking at the new Ducati Panigale. Could somebody please provide me with some information. Is this bike suitable for commuting 18 kilometres a day, six days a week? And what do the members think of this bike? The new Ducati Panigale looks a little bit different to other bikes and shows a certain individuality. I look forward to reading your replies. Oops, I nearly forgot, I don't need panniers; or mud guards, in bad weather I will take the Giant.
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    James
    Last edited by Jameslms; 03-01-07 at 10:07 PM.

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    What a neat bike! I hope they start selling it here.
    My only reservation is if you live in the mountains as there is no front derailleur.
    But it has a chain tensioner so if you needed to you might be able to install a front der. and a double or triple crank.

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    Wow, it's pretty wacky looking, all right. If it was me, personally, though, I'd go with drop bars on a commute longer than 16 kilometers. But everyone has their own comfort level. If you can personally deal with an 18 km commute with those handlebars, I think the rest of the bike looks fine...and it's got disc brakes

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    Interesting. When I hear "Ducati", I think of this kind of bike:


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    Me too.

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    I did, until I googled the bicycle in the OP and got this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoKrpan
    What a neat bike! I hope they start selling it here.
    My only reservation is if you live in the mountains as there is no front derailleur.
    But it has a chain tensioner so if you needed to you might be able to install a front der. and a double or triple crank.
    Thanks George, I appreciate your comments.

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    Thanks Mate, fair comment.

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    Interesting. Have you ridden it? How does it feel?

    It's really quite like a lot of commuting bikes out nowadays--quickish geometry, flat bars, no suspension, and disc brakes. I've done long rides on flat bars (40+ miles) and havn't had problems, but I'm sure that just depends on the person. I'm young and supple : ) .

    Overall it looks good, particularly if your commute is relatively flat. As someone above me wrote, the single ring in front might impair your hill climbing. It depends on your commute, your load, and what kind of shape you're in.

    But could someone please explain the shape of the frame to me? Particularly the top tube . Not saying there's anything wrong with it, I just don't understand it.

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    I know, it looks wacky. The top tube looks "beach cruiser" inspired to me (see the Electra bikes?)

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    is it supposed to give it more "give" so it's more comfortable? or is it just for looks?

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