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Old 02-02-17, 03:47 PM
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Bike Replacement Recommendations

So unfortunately my Trek Crossrip Elite was stolen this weekend. Thankfully my renters insurance should cover it since the u-lock was cut in my building's garage. Now I am in the market for a new bike. I could go out and replace the crossrip, but since I am back in the market I figured I'd explore my options.

When I got the crossrip, I pretty much went to one LBS and the trek was all they had in the commuter / light touring category with rack and fender mounts. This time I want to do a bit more research and find a bike that fits my needs well. The bike is primarily for commuting, which varies from 3-10 miles each way. I also occasionally do grocery runs and load up the rack. I really only have interest in owning 1 bike so this will also be my weekend rider for 40-50 mile rides and not get left behind. Pretty much my only set requirements for the bike is decent tire clearance, fender and rear rack mounts, and disc brakes.

I've looked into a few bikes, but was hoping to get some recommendations or suggestions:
  • Crossrip 2 - Replacement for my elite, slightly better components
  • Specialized Diverge Elite DSW - Seems very similar to the crossrip, but haven't heard as much about it for commuting / light touring
  • Salsa Vaya Deore - Tested this bike recently. Really comfortable ride but doesn't feel quite as nimble given the geometry
  • Surly Straggler - Haven't ridden this, but seems very popular for commuting and light touring

I don't really have a preference on steel vs AL but would be curious to hear if one suits my needs better. Thanks in advance!
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Diamondback Haanjo Metro - at $700, nice value-priced urban commuter:



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I went plastic, but I also really liked the way the steel Jamis Renegade bikes rode (Expat and Exploit). They're also very versatile and practical. Kona also introduced a bike below the Roadhouse called the Wheelhouse, will still offering a pretty sweet Reynolds 853 steel frame. I haven't ridden the Wheelhouse, but the Roadhouse felt fun and fast, while still offering decent practicality and tire clearance. I'd also take a serious look at the All-City Space Horse Disc. They didn't have a disc version when I test rode it, which is why I passed, but otherwise I thought the bike felt fantastic and it has a really classy aesthetic.
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Cycles Toussaint Velo Routier would be my choice if I were in the market for one bike to do everything.
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If you liked your Trek, then that is the one to purchase. Less chance of surprises.

Personally I like the look of the Surly. Steel and horizontal top tube are my preferences.

Any of the four would be good choices.
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My problem when I test rode the Diverge is that it was a very boring ride. It's fine, but boring.

If you liked your Trek I'd lean towards getting another Trek.
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