I got to test rode the Lager at a local dealer, I pretty much love the style of the bike and the ride, except the brake levers could be on the end of the bull horns. I am coming from a 27 speed Fuji silhouette '05. I desire something Much simpler to run parallel, and a more fun ride every now and then. I still want to keep my Fuji the way it is.
I have been searching on these forums and according to others the SST and Lager are pretty much the same. However the SST lacks a flip flop hub and has the brakes already on the ends of the bullhorns. This makes me believe that they are NOT the same, except maybe the frame.
So the part i need help deciding... Which one?
Pros in favor of the lager 2009 ($495)
I can test ride BEFORE I buy
Local dealer will full fill warranty
free adjustments and truing for a year
free assembly (hey, why not)
has a flip flop hub, so if later I can try fixed gear.
Different styles available ( I do plan on getting it powder coated later on)
Pros in favor of the SST
almost $200 cheaper
already has brake levers on the end of the bull horns.
Either one I choose, I am willing to spend an extra $100 for levers and tires. And I am prepared to replace the crank set later on.
It also appears that bike direct is out of the black 56cm and 58cm.