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    Gary Fisher Simple City on Commute by Bike

    http://commutebybike.com/2008/02/14/...r-simple-city/


    I posted about this bike several months ago, after it was shown at Trek World. Now the final versions have been decided on. I'm disappointed at the colors. Black or white, that's it? The pics of the prototype stirred up a lot of interest, so what does Gary Fisher do? They change the color from the rich cream color to basic black and white. Seems like the smart thing to do would have been to spec it like the prototype. But I guess that makes too much sense. The price for the 8 speed is pretty steep, too---$849 and that doesn't come with a rear rack or lighting. I think I'll pass, and that sucks because I already have my bike fund filled and was waiting for the GF SC release.
    "When I'm on a bike, it's like I'm 14 again, racing off to the arcade with a pocket full of quarters."

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    It looks like they changed a lot of stuff from the prototype to the final production bike. The welds in the photo I looked at look like poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinnrider View Post
    http://commutebybike.com/2008/02/14/...r-simple-city/
    They change the color from the rich cream color to basic black and white.
    I looked at your link and it clearly states a cream color version, including pictures of a cream colored men's 8 speed version. That is the same picture they had in the Bicycling Buyers Guide that fell on my doormat today
    They also have a picture of the preproduction version. I can't tell the difference, can you?
    I think you are being overly harsh


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    Looks like cream is back...but...

    1. Front fender definitely too short (not true of prototype)
    2. Color-matched fenders are gone (doesn't look quite right)

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    Quote Originally Posted by duppie View Post
    I looked at your link and it clearly states a cream color version, including pictures of a cream colored men's 8 speed version. That is the same picture they had in the Bicycling Buyers Guide that fell on my doormat today
    They also have a picture of the preproduction version. I can't tell the difference, can you?
    I think you are being overly harsh


    Duppie

    Duppie---the new colors were added with the CbB update. Gee, I wonder why GF decided to send those new pics? Could it be that GF was hit with emails complaining about the black and white? Those new pics weren't there when I originally posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schwinnrider View Post
    Duppie---the new colors were added with the CbB update. Gee, I wonder why GF decided to send those new pics? Could it be that GF was hit with emails complaining about the black and white? Those new pics weren't there when I originally posted.
    I see. I still think the blue (or is it green) 3-speed women's step thru looks great. I remembre reading that there would be a basket available as well for the 3-speeds At $549, that is not a bad price.

    Looking again at the trade show pic, beside the changes K6 mentioned the thing that has changed for the worse the most is the basket. It had some intricate playful pattern stamped out on the sides. It has been replaced with some generic pattern.
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    Nice thing I just noticed: 2 leg kickstand.

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    They get a lot right, but it still has issues and needs upgrades out of the box. I guess dealers love this, but consumers hate it.

    In mountain bikes, Fisher gives unbelieveable value. Check out the Tajassara hardtail specs. They can spec a MTB like that for $900, but can't include a lighing system on the top of the line city bike for the same $$$? Those welds ARE ugly. Fisher has several grades of frames. This one must be the "gold" frame. My Cobia has a "platinum" frame and the welds are beautiful on that machine.

    Lighting system? It's much much cheaper to include a gen hub on the production model for the cosumer. I guess they expect people to closet the stock wheel and spend $200 to have one built later.

    What happened to the reflective sidewall tires?

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    They appeared on the Gary Fisher's website:
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/series/simple-city

    Sun Cyckel also appeared at the Sun Bicycles' website:
    http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/index.html

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    The more I look at it the more I like it. They should have used a platinum frame and give a generator option, but it's pretty sweet. I looked at the geometry, and I could probably ride a medium considering the 57TT, which would give me great standover. If you dropped $900 on this bike and spent $350 on a Shimano/B&M lighting system, $120 on a dress brooks, $120 on a tubus rear rack you would have a perfect flat-bar city bike. When I bought my surly xc complete, it was the same price: $900. I've spent much more than $600 to make it "perfect".

    The lugged frame on that Sun 3 speed is beautiful. Anyone know what they get for one of those? What brand of saddle is that?
    Last edited by Jeffbeerman2; 03-20-08 at 06:18 PM.

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    I spoke to a Trek rep this weekend at the Chicago Bike Show. He said the Simple Citiy was "not yet in the country" and would likely be available by mid-April.
    He also mentioned that there would an after-market front basket for the 3-spd version.
    He was unclear about wheth a matching rear rack would be available

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