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    Help me choose a new commuter - Kona vs. Breezer?

    I have started commuting around 3.5 miles one way to work on my old Specialized Rockhopper. I am wanting to switch to something that is a bit easier to ride on the road since most of the commute is on the road, but I am not wanting a road bike. I want something like the hybrid/crossover bikes I've been looking at with disc brakes and fenders (rains a lot here), and rack mounts.


    I have narrowed down my two top choices:

    Kona Dew Deluxe

    Breezer Greenway Elite


    1. Do any of you have these bikes and would you recommend them?

    2. Are the components comparable?

    3. Any other recommendations?



    Here are the bikes I have been test riding and/or looking into:

    Kona Dew Plus

    Kona Dew Deluxe

    Breezer Greenway Sport

    Breezer Greenway Elite

    Trek 7.2 FX Disc

    Trek 7.4 FX Disc

    Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc

    Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc



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    Unless you really want a new bike (n+1!), you might want to try swapping the tires on your RockHopper from a MTB tire to more of a road slick. To my knowledge the older RockHoppers had rack and fender mounts on the bike and are well liked as commuters because they are basically bomb-proof. You might be able to convert that bike to an excellent commuter with only a moderate to small outlay.

    Then again, if you're going to keep it and ride it off-road, go for the new bike. Nothing feeds the n+1 habit better than convincing yourself you've just gotta have a new bike! Just make sure it's got fender and rack mounts already on it.

    I like the Breezer options and I would never turn down a Specialized. I like the Sirrus a lot as it's just the more road oriented version of the Crosstrail I ride.

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    The Breezer and the Kona are about as close to identical as bikes get - with the exception of included rack, fenders and a (dynamo powered!) light on the Breezer. Get whichever one you like better.

    I like the looks of the Breezer, but I don't have to ride it.

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    For what you're describing I'd want to stay away from derailleurs and get something with an IGH (internally geared hub) and chaincase as well as dynamo lites front & rear.

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    How do you have the Rockhopper set up? I commute 10.5km/6.5 miles on a 90's steel GT MTB and have no complaints. I run 26x1.5 slicks at 80 psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetta_mike View Post
    How do you have the Rockhopper set up? I commute 10.5km/6.5 miles on a 90's steel GT MTB and have no complaints. I run 26x1.5 slicks at 80 psi.
    I have it set up with a rack, front fender, home-made partial rear fender, and a water bottle holder. It rains a lot here though, so I'd really like to have full fenders. I set the front shock to be as stiff as possible and get the tires up to 70-80psi, but they are MTB tires.

    I thought about getting slick tires and it is still an option. I'd probably get some ergo grips too for comfort.

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    Breezer.....

    It has dyno lights & front rack mounts.

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