Looking for a road/hyrid bike! Don't know what to get but have some requirements.
I am looking for a light-weight, simple, but high speed road bike. My requirements are:
-68mm bottom bracket (i intend to put an electrical mid-drive motor on it)
-comfortable posiiton (i don't want to put in a forward-leaning position)
-700x38 (i want to have knobby tires for traction)
-disc-brakes (mechanical preferred, but hydraulic is fine too)
-good shifters (i saw some bikes had horrible shifters)
-don't care for how many chainrings it has because it will have to come off with my mod
-absolutely must use 8, 9, or 10 speed cassette in the rear and must have 11T cog
-must have internally routed cables.. only 1 cable can be externally routed at the downtube but MUST be wrapped
-suspension fork or carbon fork is preferred, rather not have solid fork
I've taken a look at the following bikes and eliminated some for specific reasons:
1. Trek FX series line - sleek looking bike but it doesn't have internally routed cables. the steel cables route towards the downtube and is not wrapped.
2. Giant Escape RX Composite / Escape - decent bike but it lacks disc brakes...
3. Specialized Cross-trail Comp Disc - was pretty much set on this bike until I rode it. The shocks rode like crap. Shifters are horrendous.
4. Specialized Sirrus Comp - great bike with carbon fork. But no disc brake. Brake levers are cheap chinese crap.
5. Specialized Sirrus Expert Disc Carbon - all carbon frame - but because it uses press-fit bb, I can't mount a mid-drive motor.
6. Specialized Sirrus Comp Disc - everything I like about #4 above, but now has the disc brakes. However, they removed the carbon fork!??! So now, what's the point?
Keep in mind, I'm looking for bikes somewhere in the $900-2000 range.
Awaiting to check out other bikes:
1. Diamondback Interval Carbon
2. Giant Roam 0 - looks like really cheap components on the bike though.....
Does anyone else want to chime in on any more recommendations?
Since you apparently are well-versed in bicycle technology - can spot "cheap chinese crap", "horrendous" shifters, "shocks" that ride "like crap" - I shouldn't think you'd have much trouble searching out a solution to your rather demanding and esoteric requirements on your own.
Ask in the electric bikes sub forum.
Virtually all of the models you mentioned are designed for on road performance and the couple I searched up came stock with 700x28 tires- getting 38's with knobbies to fit on those could be a problem. Speaking of your desired tire tread- are you going to be riding in mud or shallow snow? That is where aggressive tread comes in handy, otherwise slick(er) tires do just fine in about every other riding condition (save for ice and sand).
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