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Old 08-27-12, 10:29 PM   #1
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Big Block or Langster? Need a dual purpose bike

I know both bikes are made from different materials, but i think they have similar geo. Have ridden both, both felt pretty good to me. But I'm going to test ride again before buying.

I want a bike that will allow me a few things 1) exercise (a given with any bike), 2) a means of commuting to work a very short distance away.
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Old 08-27-12, 10:33 PM   #2
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The criteria you listed pretty much includes every bike known to man.
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Yeah, you're gonna have to be more specific with your needs buddy.
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You want one with wheels though, right?
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which one will stand up to being locked up?


I'm not sure what else I need out of a single speed bike. solid frame that fits well, decent components, priced at or under $800? honestly can't think of anything else. anyone with experience with either or both bikes care to chime in on how they hold up over time?
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Kilo TT then.

save money.
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Old 08-27-12, 10:50 PM   #7
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Kilo TT then.

save money.
not interested in BD bikes. I want to buy from a local shop, go through the fit process, etc.
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Old 08-27-12, 10:55 PM   #8
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Big block, no question. The top tube is a bit longer on big blocks for clearance reasons. As far as I know it will barspin a 25c.

Langsters are ugly...
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well, as long as it barspins!
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well, as long as it barspins!
yeaahhh...

could care less about bar spins. will have drops or pursuit bars on it any way.
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But, barspins! Not being able to barspin is definitely a reason to choose one bike over the other.
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Langsters are ugly...
+1 not to mention overly flashy to easily grab the attention of hoodlums.
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also the big block is a whole metric **** ton of fun.
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As for the Lock up criteria the Big Block wins over the Langster on name obscurity....Speciaized says STEAL ME!!!!! All City says HUH??
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love my big block, can't barspin
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I also love my Big Block. Really well designed frame.
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Really, with your criteria choose which ever bike looks better to you and the one you think you will like more. Specialized sure has a reputable name in the bike industry, but the Big Block is one nice bike.
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Sizing on the Big Block seems a little odd, to me. I test rode a 55 or a 56, can't remember which size. Im typically a 58. But their 58 has too long of a top tube, IIRC
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The top tube is a bit longer on big blocks for clearance reasons. As far as I know it will barspin a 25c.
FWIW - the 53 and 55 we've got in the shop won't barspin.

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Sizing on the Big Block seems a little odd, to me. I test rode a 55 or a 56, can't remember which size. Im typically a 58. But their 58 has too long of a top tube, IIRC
Must've been a 55 - they don't come in 56cm.
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steel is real, mang
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