Ok, so I'm heading off to college in a few weeks and I'm needing a bike. I want to go fixed, but it needs to be a dual purpose bike. So I'm trying to decide between an IRO Rob Roy - a sweet do it all commuter that I could also race some cross on, or some comparable $500-800 track bike that will commute well but I can also take down to the velodrome and race some track. FWIW the cross racing is gonna be much closer to me, and probably what I'm leaning toward. Obviously nothing too fancy with that budget, but I want something that can hold it's own. The other option is a 2006 Gary Fisher Triton for ~$500. You tell me.
For what it's worth, if you think you're going to do more cyclocross, perhaps the Rob Roy would be more to your liking. If you check out the thread I posted, check out Gyeswho's bike to get an idea of how functional the Mark V really is (love that guy's bike).
Also, you may want to wait a week to see pics of the Phantom Cross Uno from bikes direct. According to him they should be up next week:
Originally Posted by bikesdirect_com
Should have those next week
It's supposed to be a singlespeed cross bike. May be worth checking out.
If you're going far from home/don't expect to visit your parents at all you might as well wait until you get there. Shipping times for IRO/Bikesdirect are pretty long (longer than 2 weeks) and colleges reject packages until kiddos are actually moved in.
I loved mine when I rode it cross. Held up like a ****ing tank, and was quite responsive. The wheelset has taken abuse I never expected it too.
It's also a great commuter, and does great on the road with the right tires.
For the money I got mine for I was very impressed. Although I did change out the stem first thing for something a tad shorter, and with out a rise or drop.
It's a totally unhip bike though and you will get mocked by the cool hip kids on their cool hip bikes that are obviously hipper than you on your unhip bike.
There aren't any bianchi dealers near me. But I do like the san jose. I already have some parts for the build that could go either way, so I was looking more at just the frameset options.
And sorry DH no $ for teh pista concept arrospok combo. #1 cool kid bike everywhere.
Serotta Colorado III Track (Renyolds Ouzo Pro Aero Fork, Dura-Ace to Mavic CXP-14 wheels, Sugino crank, Thomson and 3T the rest), Steelman Cyclocross (Campy Record 10, Deda Newton & Thomson stuff)
Originally Posted by Frunkin
The steamroller looks pretty good. I could get that really quick too.
Anybody know what size tires it will fit with fenders?
With fenders you'd probably have to stop at 30s or 32s. They say 38s with fenders, but that'd be pushing it a bit. In the rear you can just pull the wheel way back and be fine, but in the front a brake would start to get in the way if you run one. It's an awesome bike with big tires on it...