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Old 06-18-08, 05:28 PM
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cyclocross or mt bike for year round commuting?

If you had the option of buying a super sweet Gary Fisher Mt Tam 2-9 for the same price as a Kona Jake cyclocross would you do so? Or would a race-ready mt. bike be overkill for commuting needs and weekend riding?
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Old 06-18-08, 05:48 PM
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I would buy neither for die hard commuting.
Having ridden a Jake, the bars are to low, no fenders ect it didn't fit my needs. Its a cross bike and its good at that. Not good for turning your head to look at what cars are doing behind you.
I wouldn't want to be pushing anything with a suspension or MTB tires on my commute. Not efficient enough for my taste.
But if I had to buy ONE of these I would buy the Jake and swap on some street tires and a higher bar. Still no room or mount for fenders up front though.
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Old 06-18-08, 05:56 PM
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thanks

Thanks for the response. Is it possible to put straight handlebars and mt. bike shifters on a cyclocross frame or is that just a silly idea?
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Old 06-18-08, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by jstein07 View Post
Thanks for the response. Is it possible to put straight handlebars and mt. bike shifters on a cyclocross frame or is that just a silly idea?
In my opinion drop bars are preferable, especially if you have a longer commute. You can certainly look behind you with drop bars but it takes some practice to be able to do it without weaving.

To me a cyclocross bike is an ideal year-round commuter, but if the jake won't take a front fender with 35mm studded tires then I'd be looking at a different cyclocross bike (or at least a different front fork).
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Old 06-18-08, 07:09 PM
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Since when is practiality a silly idea? There's a guy in NV who has spina bifida. He converted a Kona Jake into a 1 x 9 with a flat bar. You can read about it at bikecommuters.com, enter Kona Jake into their search field, his story is the first one. (Sorry, I'm technologically incompetent and don't know how to post links...)
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Old 06-18-08, 07:38 PM
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cyclocross or bust.
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Old 06-18-08, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
In my opinion drop bars are preferable, especially if you have a longer commute. You can certainly look behind you with drop bars but it takes some practice to be able to do it without weaving.

To me a cyclocross bike is an ideal year-round commuter, but if the jake won't take a front fender with 35mm studded tires then I'd be looking at a different cyclocross bike (or at least a different front fork).
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I think some people see drop bars and think you ride in the drops all the time. i ride on the hoods 70% of the time, the drops 20% of the time, and the flat part 9% of the time. (the other 1% of the time i'm riding hands-free flipping off a car in each direction.) On my old commuter, I only have flat bars, so I have to do 100% of the time what I only do 9% of the time now.

Drops for commuting, even if you work at the end of your driveway.

(But, of course, ride what you like.)

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Old 06-18-08, 09:14 PM
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I wouldn't use a mountain bike either. Mountain bikes to me are for trails only. If I was going to buy a bike for commuting or road riding, I'd buy a cyclocross bike, but not the Jake. Like others have said, get something that's versitile and has the mounts you need. Many to choose from. Take a look at some touring bikes also. They do a great job as well.
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Old 06-18-08, 09:21 PM
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>I think some people see drop bars and think you ride in the drops all the time. i ride on the hoods 70% of the time, the drops 20% of the time, and the flat part 9% of the time. (the other 1% of the time i'm riding hands-free flipping off a car in each direction.) On my old commuter, I only have flat bars, so I have to do 100% of the time what I only do 9% of the time now.

Oh, well said. Probably same for me, except coming home it's more like 50% drops, since it's mostly downhill. You ride the drops because you want to, not because you have to.

(To answer OP, cyclocross is the answer to every question, and especially 'what bike to commute on'. You can always cable tie fenders on if that's your only issue...)

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Old 06-18-08, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jstein07 View Post
If you had the option of buying a super sweet Gary Fisher Mt Tam 2-9 for the same price as a Kona Jake cyclocross would you do so? Or would a race-ready mt. bike be overkill for commuting needs and weekend riding?

I have a Trek 4300 that I use both for commuting and weekend rail-trail riding. It is a compromise but I have a short commute and uneven and pothole-riddled pavement is not the only surface upon which I ride.
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+1 CYCLOCROSS!!! I am biased as you can see from my "signature."
My Specialized Tricross Sport is perfect for my 11-mi commute and just about any other riding endeavor I'd want to take. I haven't "Freddy Fender-ed" it, but I do have the rack set and a trunk. The Borough stock tires aren't too nobby, almost like a touring tire.
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Old 06-18-08, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
I wouldn't use a mountain bike either. Mountain bikes to me are for trails only. If I was going to buy a bike for commuting or road riding, I'd buy a cyclocross bike, but not the Jake. Like others have said, get something that's versitile and has the mounts you need. Many to choose from. Take a look at some touring bikes also. They do a great job as well.
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Old 06-18-08, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Road Ferret View Post
+1 CYCLOCROSS!!! I am biased as you can see from my "signature."
My Specialized Tricross Sport is perfect for my 11-mi commute and just about any other riding endeavor I'd want to take. I haven't "Freddy Fender-ed" it, but I do have the rack set and a trunk. The Borough stock tires aren't too nobby, almost like a touring tire.
You think you're biased? I've got 2 Tricross models. Comp and Sport
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Old 06-18-08, 10:19 PM
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CX with some slight mods will work great. If the stem is too low, flip it! If the Kona isn't quite right, the Fuji or Redline stuff might work. Jamis does a cross bike too, I think. I ride a mountain bike summer and winter, but it has 700C wheels, road bars, fenders and disc brakes. It is effectively a cross SS but with better tire clearance.
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Old 06-18-08, 10:20 PM
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You can commute on either. You can commute on either easily if it's 10 miles or less each way.

If your "weekend riding" consists mainly of dirt roads, roads, and tame singletrack get the Jake, if it's mountain biking you want to do, get the GF.
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Old 06-18-08, 10:28 PM
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ya'll rock! Thanks for the feedback.
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