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Old 12-01-07, 10:03 PM   #1
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How would this setup for all around commuter?

A 2008 Motobecane Cafe Noir ,105 group set, steel frame,carbon fork.I would like to put on trekking bars like the R.E. I. Safari has,if shifters and brakes would work and will a good rear rack and panniers fit on this bike and fenders.http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../cafe_noir.htm
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Old 12-01-07, 10:14 PM   #2
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Why not just get the Safari?
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Its looks like the Safari is $850,$150 more plus tax than the Cafe Noir and lesser componets.Though I like the disc breaks. Was just wondering if I could easily put trekking bars on Cafe Noir and a rear rack?
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Just sayin', Safari comes with the bars and rack, that's time and money saved, so it's probably a wash.

I'm sure you can put the bars on the Cafe.

Thing I like about 26" commuters is that they typically have more tire and spacing options for whatever weather and conditions you'll be in.
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Does anyone own this Bike? Have any opinions on it.
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Another great thing about just getting the Safari is that if you don't like it, at any time, you can return it. REI has an awesome return policy. Try that with Bikesdirect.
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Its looks like the Safari is $850,$150 more plus tax than the Cafe Noir and lesser componets.Though I like the disc breaks. Was just wondering if I could easily put trekking bars on Cafe Noir and a rear rack?
Rear der on the Safari is LX,the MTB equivelent of road 105,so no big diff in component level. The Cafe will take a trekking bar,but from the pic it doen't look like it has rack mounts. It doesn't have eyelets on the fork,and that plus the caliper brakes mean you may have trouble mounting fenders. You prolly won't be able to mount much wider tires either.

For the extra $150,you get discs,wider gear range,flexability for tire width/style,a rack,trekking bar,fender mounts/clearance,and an LBS that can fix anything that's not right.
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I can see the point of a light, sporty flat bar road bike for commuting but it really needs long drop calipers and rack/fender eyelets to be completely useful. Its hard to tell if those are std calipers. My long drops can accomodate a 32mm + fenders.
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For the extra $150,you get discs,wider gear range,flexability for tire width/style,a rack,trekking bar,fender mounts/clearance,and an LBS that can fix anything that's not right.
+1; The above considerations are a huge deal for me as the seasons change.
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