I have been thinking about commuting. My Roubaix Expert isn't suitable for commuting.
I was in Nashville and stopped by a really fantastic LBS. they had a 2010 Trek Soho on the floor. It had an internal 8 speed hub and belt drive. It was a 22 in model which is close to the 58 cm road bike that fits me really well.
It was heavy and ugly, but I took it for a test ride. I loved it. It shifted great. The belt was so quiet and the brakes were fine. It came with full fenders that I believe are a requirement for commuting and a "belt" guard.
I didn't buy it since I was in Nashville and live in Houston.
After returning to Houston, I started researching the Soho. The 2011 model has been significantly improved with a carbon fork and disc brakes on the front. It also has a rack that was not included on the 2010.
I also looked at alternatives. Others had the internal geared hub but not the belt drive.
I don't want to ride in bicycle clothes and change at work; so I prefer not to have the chain on the commuter bicycle.
The awesome alternative is a Co-Motion with an internal 8 or 11 speed hub and a belt drive. It is the ultimate, but it is 3 times the expense of the Soho DLX. the Co-Motion also has disc brakes on the rear and the option for couplers.
I probably don't need 11 speeds; since I live in flat Houston. If I wanted 11 speeds, I suppose I could upgrade the hub. the Shimano 11 speed hub is about half the price of the 14 speed Rohloff.
The 58 cm fit's me well for a road bike. Any opinions on getting a 20 in for a commuter? I suspect that a slightly smaller bicycle may be a little better in traffic.
I will be visiting the Houston LBS in about an hour. I am not sure if they have the Soho in stock. If they do, I might be bringing one home and riding it to work in the morning.
I didn't think I would ever want to ride any bike other than my Roubaix Expert. Am I crazy?