Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
Bikes: Norco CCX1, GF HiFi Plus, Dawes SST AL
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If you want to use it as a fitness bike don't be so quick to ditch the drops. The drops with brake hoods give you so many more choices on where to put your hands and are IMO much more comfortable than flats/risers. Check out the SST AL thread a little further down this page, I've written a good bit about mine.
If you're absolutely determined to flat bar you might as well get a model that comes with a front brake. The Hour comes with a rear and it is not factory installed I believe.
Front brake is significantly more important than rear. If you're not going to use a brake... well, good luck.