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Old 01-28-12, 12:53 PM
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Bikes: 2012 Motobecane Fantom CXX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX, 1997 Bianchi Nyala, 200? Burley Rock 'n Roll

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I'm not sure I can recommend a specific bike at your price point, but I have come to the conclusion that cyclocross bikes are the best thing going among road bikes. The geometry is more relaxed than most road bikes and they tend to be very versatile. They do mostly have cantilever brakes at your price point, which are plenty strong but can be tricky to set up right to reach their full potential. A lot of cross bikes seem to have very similar geometries, so I would look at some others locally to find what fits and then compare geometry tables to see if your potential BD bike will work for you.

I bought a Fantom CXX from BD a few weeks ago, and I'm happy with the bike and buying experience. The geometry is exactly like the Surly Cross Check (at least in my 56 cm size - didn't compare for other sizes).
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