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Old 08-14-19, 05:49 PM
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Higher performance cruiser bikes

I have two Trek Rail cruisers, I consider these high performance cruisers, unlike the vintage steel bikes, they have aluminum frames, rims, hubs, etc. they came standard with Bontrager tires capable of handling a whopping 75 psi pressure! Properly setting your saddle height and handlebars for ergonomic efficiency definitely narrows the gap between “beach cruisers” and other performance bikes. Anybody have an opinion or input on this?
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Hi Performance would negate the cruiser aspect of cruising? Who high performances cruises? It's not cruising. Cruisers have gone in the direction of hybrid cruising, not beach cruisers. Why do you need to speed on the beach? Give me Bullhorn handlebars anytime.
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For those that can't cruise on the beach, having a "cruiser" that is multi-purpose is worthwhile for people like myself. It's the reason my 21st century Schwinn Jaguar was a 7 speed. I could go slow or I could go fast. Yes, I did change the bars, set them lower, and raise the seat on that bike to suit my riding preference.

The thing was heavy though at 40 lbs. with the 1-piece forged crank, fenders, lights, and thick tires. At least it did have alloy rims, which really were for the rim brakes I imagine. The thing is, I never noticed the weight until I got my first alloy bicycle, which started out at 30 lbs. until I added some things to it which brought it up to 36 lbs.

Having an alloy frame and modern bottom bracket with alloy crank arms would have shaved 5 to 10 lbs off that Jaguar, I'm sure. The biggest advantage to me would have been that it would be easier to carry into my garage between the cars, then hang from the ceiling hooks. I don't have to climb hills here, so . . .
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Originally Posted by Code Zero View Post
I have two Trek Rail cruisers, I consider these high performance cruisers, unlike the vintage steel bikes, they have aluminum frames, rims, hubs, etc. they came standard with Bontrager tires capable of handling a whopping 75 psi pressure! Properly setting your saddle height and handlebars for ergonomic efficiency definitely narrows the gap between “beach cruisers” and other performance bikes. Anybody have an opinion or input on this?
By the way, you ought to peruse the thread below when you have time. There are some "performance" oriented "cruisers" sprinkled within.

Show me your cruiser.
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@Code Zero, is this what your bike looks like?

https://bicyclebluebook.com/value-guide/product/10461
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I liked the Trek Sawyer. It's more a MTB with cruiser frame, like ye olde Klunkers.

Merlin is once again making a similar rig, the Newsboy.

https://www.merlinbikes.com/latest-n...merlin-newsboy

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I have two Trek Rail cruisers, I consider these high performance cruisers, unlike the vintage steel bikes, they have aluminum frames, rims, hubs, etc. they came standard with Bontrager tires capable of handling a whopping 75 psi pressure! Properly setting your saddle height and handlebars for ergonomic efficiency definitely narrows the gap between “beach cruisers” and other performance bikes. Anybody have an opinion or input on this?
Looks like they're crank-forward design. Those are pretty nice, like halfway to riding a recumbent.

I rode the Marin Stinson a lot when I worked at performance, they're another pretty nice crank-forward cruiser. Well the frame was pretty nice anyways.
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@FiftySix No, mine is a “Rail three” and my other is a “Rail one step through” both are 2005 models, as is the CNC model that you referenced. They were all discontinued shortly thereafter. Thanks for your interest
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A high performance cruiser is a beach racer.

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@tyrion Ahhh, I don’t think that I would consider that a beach cruiser, more like a road bike with fat tires. Maybe I used the term “high performance” a little out of context, perhaps I should have said “more efficient”. Clearly my bikes fall closer to a “vintage steel cruiser” than they do to “beach racer”. My bad
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@tyrion Ahhh, I don’t think that I would consider that a beach cruiser, more like a road bike with fat tires. Maybe I used the term “high performance” a little out of context, perhaps I should have said “more efficient”. Clearly my bikes fall closer to a “vintage steel cruiser” than they do to “beach racer”. My bad
You might focus on new tires for your existing bike. Lighter weight, more supple, folding tires would be noticeably more efficient and better riding.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...rat-trap-pass/
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Yeah tires, like I mentioned in my original post, my bikes currently run Bontrager “Hanks” and I’m very happy with them. I also have a new pair of “Big Apples” as replacements. I think that I will order a nice set of folding tires for my El Mirage project bike. Thanks for the tip!
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I just ordered myself a Specialized Roll . After reading about them , they seem to be what I would call a performance Cruiser. I ordered the seven speed entry level bike that has V-brakes . 650X2.3” street tires . BMX style handlebars and Cruiser seat . Pedal forward technology.
Should be a great bike for me to cruise the local cart paths and the rails to trails “ Silver Comet “ trail about an hours drive from me .
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Old 08-16-19, 08:41 PM
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A guy here by the name of "Coyboy" got one & really likes it.
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Here's a long video review that I found on youtube:
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