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Old 08-09-12, 04:31 PM   #1
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I may have been infected

Today I got a look at a new Steel bike that could drive me towards N+1. I haven't been looking and have been pretty satisfied with fine tuning and upgrading my current stable. When I got rid of my steel trek that was used as my utility bike I looked at others like Masi that were more touring in style but couldn't find anything that gave me a warm feeling. then I saw the Jamis Bossanove and began to feel a fever that feels a bit like the N+1 infection. I don't know that I want a tripple and would prefer SRAM but still this looks like a nice replacement for my old Trek.

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Old 08-09-12, 04:41 PM   #2
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I like it! I think they had to go Shimano for the triple. I don't think Sram makes a STI triple.
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Looks like a sweet bike Mobile155, the fever is difficult to medicate. Only an emergency dosage of money into you LBS can cure it. Best of luck in fighting this dread disease.

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Old 08-09-12, 04:57 PM   #4
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I like it! I think they had to go Shimano for the triple. I don't think Sram makes a STI triple.
I knew the tripple was the reason. It was one of the reasons I didn't rush down to my local Jamis dealer to see if he had one. I know I shouldn't care and that a tripple could make the extra weight less noticeable. Still I have been turning into a SRAM guy. I have Dura Ace on one bike and SRAM Red on another and SRAM force on my last road bike and I like the double tap better. It might not stop me but it may also keep me looking. Still if I am infected I know where it came from.
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Old 08-09-12, 05:08 PM   #5
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I like the rear deraileur/shifter of my Rival But I like the Shimano 105 front shifter. The front Rival shifts smooth but it just feels like you need a little more leverage that Shimano has.
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Old 08-09-12, 05:57 PM   #6
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I doubt being in SoCal you would ever need fenders and disc brakes. Seems like overkill.
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I doubt being in SoCal you would ever need fenders and disc brakes. Seems like overkill.
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There is no "may be" involved, you're infected with N+1. Enjoy the ride!
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I doubt being in SoCal you would ever need fenders and disc brakes. Seems like overkill.
You could be right. I don't normally ride in the rain and it doesn't rain so often than I can't wait till the next day. It just was such a good looking example of what I think of when I think steel. It should make a good coffee shop bike I would think and maybe something for light shopping. However there are a lot of CX bikes out there that might work as well. Ahh, maybe the feeling was just something I ate.
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How can I put this----DON'T.

This bike is a great change from the style that you have now and I don't think you would use it often. It would sit in the shed and go rusty. Perhaps not where you live but I think you know what I mean. The bike is not to your style on several points and would probably have to be adapted to get right for you. Would you ever use a triple? The gears are not the make that you would prefer and the mudguards would be coming off pretty quick once you realise they are not necessary. I just get the feeling that with a bit more looking- something more suitable could be found.

Saying that- I like the bike. Steel does give a ride that is ideal for the casual rides- The disc brakes are great and almost completely maintenance free and they will stop in any conditions. You are a roadie so would probably suit you better than a Flat bar bike. It can take the racks for use as a Local trip bike and shopping. For the use it has been designed it looks a pretty good example but would it be right for you?

And as you have said- there are other bikes out there that would work just aswell. So think about this one-
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Disc brakes are great...if you NEED them. Otherwise they are a noisy pain and the ONLY (IMHO) disc brakes worth using are those that can be adjusted from both sides like BB7. Given where you live I think this bike isn't well suited to your location. Just an opinion worth what you paid for it.
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Would love......love to have that bike for commuting. That bike is almost perfect for western Oregon. Replace the BB5 for BB7's and it's a home run.

Hey, my birthday was yesterday, would really appreciate this bike as a belated gift!
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There is no "may be" involved, you're infected with N+1. Enjoy the ride!
I have to agree and the particular strain is infectious I am suddenly feeling the urge to check one of these out.
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Maybe you could get a Gunnar Fast Lane frame and build it up with whatever components you like.

BTW, N+1 is not an infection, it is the natural state of being. And triples always run smoother without the extra "p".
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Old 08-10-12, 07:30 AM   #15
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I read recently that upwards of 35% of the population walks around daily with an asymptomatic infection of one kind or another. At least yours has symptoms.

For fever, take two aspirins and re-post in the morning...
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