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Old 11-26-07, 11:00 PM   #1
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Rocky Mountain Metropolus ?

Anyone use a Rocky Mountain Metropolus for commuting, seems like a very good bike. Can you put a rack on this bike. How does this compare the the Brodie Ocho ?

It looks like maybe a better deal than the REI Safari, unless you get the Safari at one of REI's major sales!

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Old 11-27-07, 02:06 AM   #2
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Don't know, but links to those bikes in your post would be most helpful.
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Old 11-27-07, 06:14 AM   #3
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Google sahn:
http://www.rei.com/product/730480?vcat=REI_SEARCH
http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/city/metropolis.aspx


I looked into the Metropolis,but couldn't get my local dealer to order one. Also wasn't too sure about the straight blade alloy fork. My Safari is awsome. It's been stone-ax reliable for me,despite being abused as a dialy commuter,bad weather,and polo bike. Comes with a rack,has a trekking bar,and will take 2" wide studded knobbies for snow. The touring triple/MTB 9sp also give a very wide gear range.

Better deal? Safari $850,Metropolis $1k.
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Old 11-28-07, 08:56 PM   #4
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Anyone use a Rocky Mountain Metropolus for commuting, seems like a very good bike. Can you put a rack on this bike. How does this compare the the Brodie Ocho ?

It looks like maybe a better deal than the REI Safari, unless you get the Safari at one of REI's major sales!

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I looked into all three of these bikes as well as all are around my budget for a nice commuter I'm looking to buy in the next few weeks/months. Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain does not make it easy to ask them questions. They have one regional chain that sells their bike in my area, Washington DC, and try to get you to ask their dealer questions and not Rocky Mountain directly. Their dealer's salespeople tried to dissuade me from getting the Metropolis saying that Rocky Mountain had some steering problems and needed a special part installed to work properly. Of course the dealer did not have one to test ride either and of course the dealer did not have a money back guarantee. Then their dealer was going to arrange 3 to 4 bikes for me to test ride but when I inquired about them a few days later they forgot. Sorry for my rant against their dealer. It just seems that with other products you would spend $1K on, you would get a lot better service. With a bike at most LBS, it is plunk down $1K sight unseen and no guarantee and if you are lucky and don't like it, then maybe they will let you trade it in for something else. And good luck trying to rent any commuter bike over $500 MSRP for a day or two to try out.

With Brodie, they don't have a dealer in my area either but said they would sell through my LBS if I wanted to. Again, I'm sure my LBS (which is not the Rocky Mountain dealer) would require me to pay for it upfront, etc.

Which bring me to REI, I have not bought a bike there but am considering the Safari too although I would prefer lack of maintenace with an internal hub and disc brakes. REI seems to be one of the few places that has an unconditional money back guarantee. It's worth it to buy there just for that, even if they don't have it in stock, they'll order it for you.

Two other bikes that are similar to the Metropolis are the Swobo Dixon and the Specialized Globe City 6 IG8 (no disc brakes though on the Specialized). Swobo told me via email they were going to have info on the Dixon this weekend on their webpage but the last time I checked tonight, there was no info on it. I don't know where they sell Swobo in my area but the place that sells Specialized does not have the Globe City in stock either.

Then there are some other bikes like the Breezer Uptown, Trek Soho, Giant Tran Send EX, Jamis Commuter 3.0, and Bianchi Milano that are also high end commuters but don't look as cool to me as the Brodie Ocho and the RM Metropolis and don't have disc brakes except the Giant and Trek ones. Those brands though seem to be more available in my area though compared with Rocky Mountain and Brodie. Finally I saw that Mongoose has a bike, the Sabrossa Ocho (copying the name of the Brodie?) very similar to these but it is not sold in the U.S. If it's like this in the Washington DC area, I wonder what is like elsewhere in the U.S., must be very hard to get a high end commuter unless there is a good LBS in the area.

Good luck on trying to find one of those at your LBS, I'd say go to REI and if you don't like the Safari, you can always return it and try your luck elsewhere. Here are links to several of the bikes I mentioned for those interested:

http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ocho.php
http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/city/metropolis.aspx
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...le/1436/29311/
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...id=08GlobeCity
http://www.rei.com/product/730480
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/...commuter3.html
http://bianchiusa.com/06_milano.html
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...n/soho/soho40/
http://www.simplythebike.co.uk/produ...oducts_id=2804
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^^^^^^^
Some nice-looking bikes, but not one with drop bars? What's up with that?

FWIW, flat bars don't fit my definition of "high end commuter".

I recently built up my own, based on a Surly LHT frame. It's a bit heavier than I would like, but it's really good for hauling stuff, and I can always ride my Trek Madone 5.5 on days when I don't need to carry clothing and food to work.
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Old 11-28-07, 10:16 PM   #6
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I see lots of these on the road in Victoria. They seem to have fenders and panniers, but I'd check to be sure. I was put off by the aluminum frame. I'd recommend a test drive to see if the ride is too harsh.
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My decision will be a last minute thing after months of careful thought, if you know what I mean. The Safari, Metropolis and the Brodie Ocho are all in the running.

The Safari will come on sale again in Spring and as a member there is a big discount .. that could push me over ....


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Old 02-20-09, 02:50 PM   #8
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I wanted to bump this thread, as I am looking at a Rocky Mountain Metropolis. My LBS has an 08 model that's really well priced, and I wanted to get your input.

I ride all year. Commute with single speed mtb in winter, and fixed gear otherwise, and do long distance road racing in summer/fall. I struggled with commuting this winter, as we get heavy snowfall, and awful salt/slush/ice build-up on the roads. So I found that my singlespeed mtb with studded tires was my safest bet, but it was by no means ideal. I did try studded tires on my cyclocross bike but found that the drivetrain was taking a beating, and the brakes did not do too well when frozen!

I think my perfect commuter would be a singlespeed cyclocross-style frame with disc brakes! The reliability of disc brakes, road(ish) geometry, but with the clearance I need for studded tires and fenders. But I haven't seen anything like that out therel

The Metropolis runs 700 wheelset, disc brakes, and an Alfine hub, which I heard stands up well to the elements. Has anyone - since the last posts on this - had any experience with it?

I know there are some comparable bikes out there as per earlier posts, but they are well above the price that my LBS is offering the Metropolis for.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 02-21-09, 09:32 AM   #9
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I have a Rocky Mountain Whistler which sports the same frame.
It's got braze-ons for everything including a third water bottle and bolt-on generator. After about 40,000 kms of commuting year-round the powder coating has stood up very well. I have no clearance issues using full fenders and rear rack. Able to use 34c knobby cyclocross tires in winter. Handles weight on the rack more like a touring bike than a cross bike.
I don't think you can go wrong with a Rocky. In terms of handling I give it a 10. I think it's the long chain-stays/wheel-base that give it a really stable ride through ice and slush.
Another plus with the Rocky is you get a decent (hand tensioned) wheelset.
In terms of ride quality, I find the rear end a bit stiff to run 23c tires. I'm running a carbon cross front fork which is excellent. I think running the Alfine hub and adding disks would make this amazing frame even better.
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Many thanks for that feedback! Great to hear from someone with the same frameset! Sounds pretty compelling to me!
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Old 04-30-09, 01:17 PM   #11
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I just bought the Rocky Mountain Metropolis and have been commuting for about a week now, and yes it is a good commuting bike. I had actually made up my mind on the Specialized Vienna Deluxe 3, on paper it looked very good but had to wait 4 months before it made it through production and onto the market. So in the meantime, I tried tons of others including the Brodie Ocho, Specialize's Globes, Cannondale Badboys, Treks, Breezer Uptown, and others. When the Vienna Deluxe 3 finally made it in it was an anticlimax, sure it was a good bike except that it didn't have as good a feel as some of the others. I should say that I was limiting my choice to bikes with the Nexus internal hubs (great commuting bike features) except when I tried the Alfine, it was smoother and just felt better.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:29 AM   #12
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I bought one of these back in April and so far like it a lot. I especially like being able to shift gears while stopped completely. My damaged knees never have to start off on a high gear.
Surprisingly, I also like the platform pedals with the threaded studs sticking up. I'd expected to change them for SPDs, but after riding in my hiking boots one cold day, decided to keep them on. As long as you wear soft running-type shoes, they provide a surprising amount of grip.
Things I'm not crazy about: it's ugly, the special rack for disc brake bikes doesn't seem to like my panniers, the ride is a bit harsh, and for some reason shifting from 4 to 5 is balky. But for what it's designed for, pure commuting, it's great.
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Rocky Mountain makes very good bikes , I have a 2006 Vertex 30 ( it's a MTB), that bike has been through two winters, with studded tires. The only things I replaced so far was bottom bracket and few chains and cassette and brakepads, everything else is working great, disk brakes are definetly a good thing to have in snow and salty slush and grit. I use that Rocky bike for the worst of winter conditions , other then that I commute on my other singlespeed and fixed.
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I love my 2010 Rocky Metropolis. The aluminum frame's geometry makes it extremely comfortable. My fork is chromoly, with mid-blade eyelets. Front and rear racks and fenders all work well together.
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