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    North American Scum hudsong's Avatar
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    Swobo Sanchez II

    Hey,
    I saw some guy riding a fixie down the street a few weeks ago, asked if I could take for a go, and I've wanted one ever since. I'm just using it as a form of main transport (I try to use my $400 car as little as possible) and my friends around town have picked up some Pistas, and one of em has a Swobo. Comparing the Pista to the Swobo, I like the feel of the Swobo more, it seems tighter or something, more ready to go (higher gear ratio?). I can pick up a stock one at the local shop for $525... I hear retail is $600. Good deal?
    Thanks for the input
    -HG
    Edit
    Just ran across this..
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm
    That looks like a lot better deal. Any opinions on the Mercier vs the Sanchez?
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    get the mercier.

    /end thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by andre nickatina View Post
    the guy must have been like holy ****? this kid on a fixie is killin it without engine motors.

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    Is it the galvanized sanchez or the one painted to look like it's galvanized. I'd consider it if it's actually galvanized, if it's just painted then it's not worth it.

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    It's galvanized. I'm a broke student so the cheaper the better to be honest. I really can't imagine the Mercier is even close to the Sanchez based on the price...

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    use the search function.
    Quote Originally Posted by andre nickatina View Post
    the guy must have been like holy ****? this kid on a fixie is killin it without engine motors.

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    The sanchez is made by a small company pushing relying on image to sell the bikes. The quality of the two bikes is comparable. The mercier is made by a big company making bikes as affordable as possible. I personally would rather have the sanchez just because I think the galvanizing is a great way to finish a frame. That thing will never rust and it should be damn near impossible to scratch.

    The Kilo is a good bike though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conor View Post
    use the search function.
    Yeah, sooooo true. We wouldn't want to take valuable board space away from the endless white people/condom threads that are so ss/fg related.

    The Sanchez is a good bike. I've seen some around SF, and the owners seem happy enough. The up charge over the Mercier is moot if you get the support of a good LBS, and better parts.

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    Thanks
    And for the record, I used search, and I just saw people complaining about how Swobo is getting on the "fixie fad" train with the Sanchez, and nothing about it's actual quality.

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    Swobo was urban cycling before there was such a thing. The fact a bunch of noobs don't approve of them entering the pool that they just jumped into makes me want one even more.

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    I agree with sfcrossrider in a way but $525 for a very low-end bike when the guy says cash is tight doesn't make sense. The Kilo TT is low-end but is superior to the Sanchez II and cheaper.

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    Cool.
    Just found this thread:
    Mercier...Too good to be true?
    Answered most of my questions (since my buds have Pistas, it sounds like the Mercier is on par and better in places).
    Thanks!

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    Erin rides a Sanchez. And Erin is hot.

    Need more reasons?

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    The mercier begs for a new everything when you buy it, the swobo has some decent components on it.

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