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Old 06-15-05, 12:51 PM   #1
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thought I had a new bike Felt sr71

Put money down... got a call from the LBS that Felt is done making and shipping this series this year. I liked it, it had a lot of road type components, lightweight, with upright handlebars.

Anything else I should consider, or any clue how I might find one? They tell me their rep is "looking", whatever that means (LBS that is)

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Old 06-16-05, 08:01 AM   #2
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Madison isn't all that far from Chicago. You might try looking for a dealer in Chicago or Evanston. Evanston is a college "town" which usually means lots of bike shops.
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There are lots of bikes comparable to the SR71.

Jamis Coda
Giant FCR
Specialized Sirrus
Trek 7X00
Novara Express/Forza
Cannondale Road Warrior

After riding all of the above, I bought the Giant last year because it rode the best as is. I really liked the Grip Shifters, and still do. Plus, I got it ridiculously cheap. The Jamis is steel and has excellent components as well as disc brakes, but it does weigh 5 pounds more than the SR71 and a few more pounds than the Giant (I bought the $600 MSRP version, not the more expensive one)

Another avenue you might consider is to have a bike built up. Since the SR71 is $1099 list, you could get a sweet light steel bike built up for the same $. Check out the Soma Smoothie frames.

Yet another avenue you could consider is to find a drop bar road bike you like and do 1 of the following:

1. Keep the drops and shifters and have them put on flat bars, flat bar shifters and flat bar brake levers. This should cost no more than $100. It could be done cheap and sweet at Performance: $30 carbon fiber flat bars on sale; $10 Performance Forte brake levers on sale, $45 SRAM Attack Shorty or R440 Shimano shifters . Those all work with road brakes and derailleurs, though they might have to switch out the stem too (should be free). This way, you could switch back to the drop bar setup down the road if you want to.

2. Have them trade out the above. This should actually save you some money, as drop bar shifters/brakes alone are usually more than the 3-4 things you need switched out.

Make sure you buy a bike that has geometry that lends itself to flat bars.
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There are lots of bikes comparable to the SR71.

Make sure you buy a bike that has geometry that lends itself to flat bars.

What does this mean? My husband has a Trek 2300. He thinks I should get as light as possible, aluminum. He does't think steel is light enough. He thinks I should get road geometry, but with flat bars. Does that geometry not go with flat bars? I ride the bike paths and prefer a more upright position, with shifters and brakes at my finger tips.

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There are lots of bikes comparable to the SR71.

1. Keep the drops and shifters and have them put on flat bars, flat bar shifters and flat bar brake levers. This should cost no more than $100. It could be done cheap and sweet at Performance: $30 carbon fiber flat bars on sale; $10 Performance Forte brake levers on sale, $45 SRAM Attack Shorty or R440 Shimano shifters . Those all work with road brakes and derailleurs, though they might have to switch out the stem too (should be free). This way, you could switch back to the drop bar setup down the road if you want to.

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I'm doing the above. Question on the shifters, what is the difference between 8 and 9? I have a triple crank, with 7 gears (?) not sure what to call that in the back. For the stem, can I buy an adjustable one? and, what do I have to watch for in size for the stem? I'm going to buy all the parts then pay the LBS to put them on. I found all the parts under Mountain bike parts, right?

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Old 06-22-05, 11:21 AM   #6
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Most parts will be under mountain, but you need to make sure the brake levers will work with the road brake calipers. If you are having trouble finding 7spd (the number of cogs/gears in back this applys to 8 and 9 you ask about above as well)) parts on-line check Yellow Jersey on state street/johnson? or Budget Parts. You should be able to get everything put on to the bike leave the cables losse the take it to the bike shop and have the tighten every thing up. you can use an adjustible stem no problem.

Note: most of the shops in madison have discounts for different cycling organization ask when you take the bike in. If the shops have a long wait PM me I could do this change over in an evening for you. I work downtown.
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In hindsight, I wish I had gotten the SR71. I bought a Cannondale R800 with drop bars but found that I prefered the flat bars for my commute (28 miles round trip). I set up my Cannondale for the weekend rides but if I had purchased the SR71 first, I would have been perfectly happy to use it as both my commuter and weekend trainier. It does both very well. It is a great bike, and when I was looking, I didn't see anything else out there with a Dura Ace rear derailleur for the price. (except possibly one of the Fuji models) I've had my bike for 2 months now and I am really happy with it. If speed is a prime concern, then get a bike with drop bars (converting to flat bars is a relatively expensive proposition). But if you want a light bike that is responsive and comfortable (although the upright position of flat bars means more wind resistance), then I'd wait to get the SR71. I think you'll also like the adjustable stem on the SR71 since you can experiment with many different positions until you find the one that works for you.
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