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    Just pulled trigger on a cafe century carbon flat bar hybrid

    Thought it would make a good lightweight hybrid tourer with a carbon frame. For 900 its hard to beat I think. Lol at the labels and boring grey letter design..



    Hopefully labels can be removed!

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    Specs seem great though for the price but was wondering if the shimano r500 wheel set are considered tough and durable? Main attraction was the road geometry being maintained but the ability to fit larger tires. Would like to do some road rides as well so maybe a cheap Chinese carbon wheelset on the side and some drop bar attachments when faster riding is desired.

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    Congrats! I hate boring flat bars... at the price, a nice Nitto Bosco cruiser bar would really emphasize the cafe racer character of the bike. Very nice fast bike - if I didn't already have a 29er, I'd be sorely tempted...


    It looks like this:

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    I have had one for a month or so now. Good bike much lighter than my old 1980's vintage hybrid. One oddity is the labels make it look dusty in the sun. Goes along with my theory on black cars, they look great but get dirty easy, haha. My wife has a Cafe Sprint Disc and likes it.
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    I have a bike from BD showing up this afternoon, can't wait.

    BD bikes are largely well recieved by most people, let us know what you thinkg when you get it. I'm not sure about the wheels but I think the R500 set is Shimano's entry level wheel, so probably not the best quality but should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbike4ever View Post
    I have had one for a month or so now. Good bike much lighter than my old 1980's vintage hybrid. One oddity is the labels make it look dusty in the sun. Goes along with my theory on black cars, they look great but get dirty easy, haha. My wife has a Cafe Sprint Disc and likes it.
    Pics? Do you know if the labels can be removed? Would prefer no labels.

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    I have a bike from BD showing up this afternoon, can't wait.

    BD bikes are largely well recieved by most people, let us know what you thinkg when you get it. I'm not sure about the wheels but I think the R500 set is Shimano's entry level wheel, so probably not the best quality but should work.
    They are? Did not know that. Always thought they were kind of a weird odd ball mail order company. I hate the letter design already. But I'm thinking it can be removed or maybe have some custom paint done over it...or maybe a frame bag would cover it up. Its not the motobecane name that bugs me its the solid plain stenciled out letters that make it look a bit out dated. I'll let you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
    Pics? Do you know if the labels can be removed? Would prefer no labels.



    They are? Did not know that. Always thought they were kind of a weird odd ball mail order company. I hate the letter design already. But I'm thinking it can be removed or maybe have some custom paint done over it...or maybe a frame bag would cover it up. Its not the motobecane name that bugs me its the solid plain stenciled out letters that make it look a bit out dated. I'll let you know.
    Well, BD owns the Motobecane name along with many of the others they sell. I'm just saying they have a good rep among most people that have actually owned one of their bikes for giving you a good value for the money and many times you get better components on the their bikes than you get with your typical LBS bike of the same price.

    Yeah, some of the lettering/asthetics are lacking on some of the bikes but I'm willing to overlook it given the price.

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    I expect the decals are under clearcoat and can't be removed without great difficulty(if they can be removed at all.) Probably better to paint over them. Or maybe fill in the letters for a black on black look.

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    I have a feeling that bike may not be as light as you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Congrats! I hate boring flat bars... at the price, a nice Nitto Bosco cruiser bar would really emphasize the cafe racer character of the bike. Very nice fast bike - if I didn't already have a 29er, I'd be sorely tempted...


    It looks like this:

    Hmmm....tempting. What do you think about the Jones loop bars? Was thinking of using those for light touring on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    I have a feeling that bike may not be as light as you think.
    Not 18 to 20...?

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    The $900 one says 19.9-21.9 lbs. without pedals & reflectors. I bet it makes that weight. Looks like a nice bike for the $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
    Hmmm....tempting. What do you think about the Jones loop bars? Was thinking of using those for light touring on this.
    Could work. The idea should be to be comfortable. An MTB flat bar has its place but doesn't feel at home on an urban bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post
    The $900 one says 19.9-21.9 lbs. without pedals & reflectors. I bet it makes that weight. Looks like a nice bike for the $.
    Which is about the same as a good aluminum flat bar road bike. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The carbon frame will likely have a better ride. Just disappointed they couldn't throw in a carbon seatpost and handlebar to complete the deal--but you can always get that afterwards. I personally dislike the triple crankset and the old style square taper bottom bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    Which is about the same as a good aluminum flat bar road bike. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The carbon frame will likely have a better ride. Just disappointed they couldn't throw in a carbon seatpost and handlebar to complete the deal--but you can always get that afterwards. I personally dislike the triple crankset and the old style square taper bottom bracket.
    Ya I was hoping carbon would give a better ride. That's why I paid more for carbon. But the weight of other carbon hybrids are probably about the same from what I have seen...but then again those have disc brakes I think. And I don't think there is a carbon hybrid close to this price range. I was looking at the sirrus carbon but price was a bit much.

    Looked into carbon chinese and even those are not that cheap...usually around 500 for the frame set usually...and if something is wrong you pay to ship all the way to China. I was leaning towards this option for a while but that's a project piecing everything together. With this bike I just upgrade whenever.

    I actually hate vbrakes but along with the lame decals it's something I will live with if need be. I'll be adding a broooks saddle so weight should go up unfortunately. Does the square taper bb limit what crankset I can install? I wanted to upgrade to a 105 or ultegra crank right off the bat.

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    Why? Most people like an MTB crankset. Is there any reason you want to downgrade to a road bike crankset?


    And if you want to move to drop bars and STI brifters, it'll be prohibitively expensive.

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    You don't want a carbon seatpost from BD. As other posters have pointed out, the "carbon fiber" seatpost is an aluminum seatpost with carbon fiber sheet glued on. I think that's a nice bike for the money. The weight is what one would expect for a road bike in that price range: 20 lbs. Many hybrids are 25+ lbs.
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    Can you take a pic of your bike, not the BD shill photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Why? Most people like an MTB crankset. Is there any reason you want to downgrade to a road bike crankset?


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    I'd be more concerned with the chain stay clearance, but I was wondering why you feel a 105 or ultegra (road) crankset is a down grade? Gearing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    I have a feeling that bike may not be as light as you think.
    Guarantee that is is lighter than my 80s steel hybrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    Why? Most people like an MTB crankset. Is there any reason you want to downgrade to a road bike crankset?
    MTB cranksets are geared for MTBs. People who will use their hybrid on roads will want a road crankset. My old hybrid had a 48 crankset the Century has 50. Other MTBs will go as low as 42. Don't know why I would ride roads with that low a crank. The "hybrid" term encompasses a lot of range from bikes closer to MTB and bikes closer to Roadies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
    Ya I was hoping carbon would give a better ride. That's why I paid more for carbon. But the weight of other carbon hybrids are probably about the same from what I have seen...but then again those have disc brakes I think. And I don't think there is a carbon hybrid close to this price range. I was looking at the sirrus carbon but price was a bit much.

    Looked into carbon chinese and even those are not that cheap...usually around 500 for the frame set usually...and if something is wrong you pay to ship all the way to China. I was leaning towards this option for a while but that's a project piecing everything together. With this bike I just upgrade whenever.

    I actually hate vbrakes but along with the lame decals it's something I will live with if need be. I'll be adding a broooks saddle so weight should go up unfortunately. Does the square taper bb limit what crankset I can install? I wanted to upgrade to a 105 or ultegra crank right off the bat.
    Surprisingly, after seeing many complaints on BD saddle's I am finding the one on the Century fairly comfortable. I rode it 37 miles one day and while sore nowhere near as bad as I have experienced before for that distance. 30 miles has always been that point where pain kicks in for me.

    My old bike had center pull brakes and they were ridiculously easy to maintain. Not enamored with the V-Brakes had to fidlle with centering for a while to get it right but I did get it.

    The decals could be worse but after looking at mine I guess they could be removed, how hard it will be depends on if they stay together during removal.

    Will try to post a pic tomorrow if I remember to take one tonight. The only pic I have now is on the rack when I was putting it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbike4ever View Post
    Surprisingly, after seeing many complaints on BD saddle's I am finding the one on the Century fairly comfortable. I rode it 37 miles one day and while sore nowhere near as bad as I have experienced before for that distance. 30 miles has always been that point where pain kicks in for me.

    My old bike had center pull brakes and they were ridiculously easy to maintain. Not enamored with the V-Brakes had to fidlle with centering for a while to get it right but I did get it.

    The decals could be worse but after looking at mine I guess they could be removed, how hard it will be depends on if they stay together during removal.

    Will try to post a pic tomorrow if I remember to take one tonight. The only pic I have now is on the rack when I was putting it together.
    So you are saying the decals are above the clear coat? If so then it should be easily removed I would think. How did it ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
    So you are saying the decals are above the clear coat? If so then it should be easily removed I would think. How did it ride?
    Yes, the decals appear to be above the clear coat. It rides and accelerates better than my old steel frame and forked bike with similar tires but steel rims. Having the tires at 90 psi will give you some jolts though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbike4ever View Post
    Yes, the decals appear to be above the clear coat. It rides and accelerates better than my old steel frame and forked bike with similar tires but steel rims. Having the tires at 90 psi will give you some jolts though.
    Awesome. Glad they can be removed. Jolts? Care to elaborate..did you get a defective wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafe View Post
    Awesome. Glad they can be removed. Jolts? Care to elaborate..did you get a defective wheel?
    90 PSI in narrow tire makes for a harder ride than lesser PSI in fatter tires. Happens in cars too, I replaced some wheels and tires on my Honda with lower profile tires and rims and noticed instant ride difference.

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