Here's my tale of my experiences with 2 lagers and a fuji track.
A little background, I'm almost completely new to biking (at 31 years young). I'm also overweight (400lbs+). So I had to get a bike that was sturdy, and modify parts of course.
None the less, first bike purchase (and first bike I've ever owned) was a 2013 Lager. It was able to hold me up (which was most important at the time).
I ended up selling the frame to a friend because tried, and had liked another bike. Here's the lager. I also started reading about Chromoly vs Hi-ten. And it seems the 2013s were the only model of Lager that were hi-ten.
Then I had an opportunity to purchase a (2007?) Fuji Track Classic from my buddy for a good price. I rode it and noticed it was significantly more nimble. I ended up riding this to and from work (6 mile round trip, nothing crazy at all). Some parts replaced:
This past week, a friend started getting into Single Speeds. We found a good 100% Chromo Lager from (looks like a 2011) so I bought it. Then after calculating the cost of building a bike, my friend backed out and decided to get a new bike. So here I was with a Lager frame. I swapped over fuji parts (rear brake calipers arms were too short, gotta get another one later).
The Fuji and the Lager basically had all the same parts except crankset and frame. From observations, the Fuji Frame felt lighter and was able to achieve a faster overall speed. But it's also twitchy, compact, and I was able to feel everything on the road.
The chromo Lager was slower, but was easier to start, easier to maintain a cruising speed, and absorbed a ton of road bumps. Maybe that's due to the lower position of the threadless adapter, and the 46t crankset (vs the 48 on the fuji).
But I'll be damned if I still didn't consider going back to the fuji. However as a fat commuter, the Lager will serve it's purpose just fine.
Side note: I'm extremely impressed with the C17 Brooks Cambium. I can't ride slim road saddles for obvious reasons, so I bought one of those giant plus seats (seen on the 2013 lager). Though comfortable, I bent that thing six ways from Sunday on my two commutes to work. It was still very comfortable, just looked weird.
Anyway, I bought this brooks and I've put 60 miles on it, and not a ding on the rails at all. Still perfect and comfortable out of the box. So if anyone who's big is considering a non pillow saddle, this is it.
Thanks for reading along this long!