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Complete Steel-Frame Commuters (Pref. Flat Bar)

Old 10-13-17, 08:19 AM
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The Handsome Devil has a very short top-tube for using with flat bars so look into that measurement carefully to be sure it will work for you.

You didn't specify a budget but the Salsa Marrakesh and Surly Ogre both might fight the bill. I converted my 3x drivetrain to a 1x with no problems and I'm running it on my Karate Monkey, which is almost identical to pre-2017 Ogres.
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Old 10-18-17, 01:40 PM
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So just an update on this:

I ended up going with the All City Pony Express. I was able to find one to test ride, and I just immediately had fun on it. The only surprise is that I ended up fitting on a smaller bike than I expected (55cm vs expected 58cm), but that's all fine and dandy, because now I can share it with my wife if I need be.

Now my only problem is that it looks like my new commute is going to be too short to really cut loose.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by wisened_mule
So just an update on this:

I ended up going with the All City Pony Express. I was able to find one to test ride, and I just immediately had fun on it. The only surprise is that I ended up fitting on a smaller bike than I expected (55cm vs expected 58cm), but that's all fine and dandy, because now I can share it with my wife if I need be.

Now my only problem is that it looks like my new commute is going to be too short to really cut loose.

That looks like a nice bike and the All City bikes have good write ups. It was on my short list to look at, but I couldn't test ride it. I hope you have lots of fun and safe miles on it.
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nice bikes, if a bit expensive.
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Originally Posted by wisened_mule
Alright--

So I think I've narrowed this down to 3:

-- surly -- Flat-bar crosscheck
-- all-city -- pony express
-- handsome -- devil (city 8)


All three of these bikes have the features I'm looking for, and should be able to be purchased in my area when I move. Both Surly and All-City are QBP brands, so I can order them through a lot of bike shops, and handsome offers direct retail.

I'm moving to a really dry place, so I figured that the advantages of disc brakes in some conditions aren't going to outweigh the advantage of knowing how to work with cantis.
i use tektro 720's and love them. i ride in the rain a lot too. tektro 559 long reach calipers are also badass.
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the brakes on that pony express will stop on a dime! i have an allcity space horse in 55. excellent bike.
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