Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Fremont, CA
Bikes: Ti Sports roadie, Cannondale CAAD 3, Tern Cargo Node, Helix (soon)
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For any BF, if it's not tricked out but very plain-jane, I'd go for their regular $700 bike unless you specifically want a Crusoe. One difference with the custom models is that they come with bigger headsets (1 1/4" as opposed to 1 1/8"), but the Crusoe seems to have the same thinner seat stays as the Pocket Tourist. Because of this, I'd view it as a wash since you're not getting the beefier seat stays of the NWT anyway. With a new bike, you also get the lifetime frame warranty.
Or you could just offer the guy $700. The worst he can say is "no."