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Old 04-30-09, 11:54 AM   #1
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Specific Bike Setup?

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I was wondering if anyone knows any bikes out there that feature drop down handle bars, top mount brakes (on horizontal portion of handle bars) as well as the ones on the drop downs themselves, and disk brakes?

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The Motobecane Fantom Outlaw has that if you're willing to buy from BikesDirect.com.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane/outlaw.htm

The brakes are Avid BB5, which I personally would want to upgrade to BB7, but that's easy.
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http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Fo...09/5360037601/

Also as mentioned before it is easy enough to put the top mount brakes on after you buy the bike - or get a bike shop to do it, and there are so few that come with them already you would be wise to widen your search.
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The Motobecane Fantom Outlaw has that if you're willing to buy from BikesDirect.com
Why wouldn't you?
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Why wouldn't you?
No LBS relationship, no established warrantee system, strange builds that lead to "upgrade-itis" for some. It's not just a name brand pride thing, if I'm not buying used, I would pay a bit extra to have a relationship with my local bike shop on that bike.

But yeah, just get any disk compatible bike, and inline levers, if you get the bike from a shop they'd likely install them for only the price of the levers, and even if you get something else it's something you can do yourself, not even any need for new housing or cables, you just need four extra ferrules. The built in cable adjusters on inline levers make disk brake set-up a cinch.
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Also no test riding if you order online. For me, I NEED to test ride a bike!
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I saw the new Brodie Ronin the other day. steel for 2009 with discs and a Tiagra setup with cross levers on the flat part of the bar and Tiagra brifters. Looked like a nice price-point too at about 1650.00 Canadian. The steel frame looked sweet - know that Proprad is no more this is good alternative?

http://www.brodiebikes.com/2009/bikes/ronin.php

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No LBS relationship, no established warrantee system, strange builds that lead to "upgrade-itis" for some. It's not just a name brand pride thing, if I'm not buying used, I would pay a bit extra to have a relationship with my local bike shop on that bike.
Yeah, that. Plus only numbers to judge sizing, incomplete/uncertain assembly.

I was trying to convince myself today that I could buy one of their $300 singlespeeds to get the wheelset and sell the parts for $250, but I'm not sure I could.
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