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Old 02-23-09, 10:32 AM
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Huh...wonder if they're able to move a lot of these and if people are actually buying lower end commuter specific rigs?
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Old 02-23-09, 10:57 AM
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Yes, they are buying them. I see 3 of those a few times a week on the bus/bike racks.
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Old 02-23-09, 07:15 PM
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Scary. Better then seeing dual suspension wal-mart specials.
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hunh...
Good for the people buying these! It may not be the most satisfying experiance but give them some credit for giving it a commited shot! I'd rather see streets full of cheap-o bicycles mostly following the rules than just a few DA/Rohloff, VC snob, fat wallets. Its a good place to start anyway...

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I don't know about the components, but I betcha Giant is making that frame.
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Old 02-23-09, 09:06 PM
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There seem to be a lot of new commuters out there. They have to ride something...might as well be this.
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That bike could be worth buying just for the parts.

A friend of mine bought one of those "comfort" bikes recently. I tried it. It was Gawdawful to me, but he loves it. So good.
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I don't know about the components, but I betcha Giant is making that frame.
How can you tell? Or is it a secret known only to librarians?
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How can you tell? Or is it a secret known only to librarians?
1) Giant is the largest manufacturer of bicycle frames in the world.
2) I used to own a Giant Cypress DX, and the frame looks awfully similar.
3) Meet the Giant Transend DX:


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Honestly, that doesn't look significantly different than my Giant Cypress, which I am close to 17000 miles on currently and have no interest in changing.

What I had to do to the bike:
1) rear wheel was not up to the conditions on my route - I broke 20 spokes before building a new wheel
2) The Giant didn't come with rack or fenders, I had to add those.
3) After many hard miles (extremely rough gravel road, washboarded and potholed) at about 15000 miles, the rear axle broke. It was a freewheel axle so not as strong as a freehub. It's now a freehub axle.

Those are the only major issues I really have had with that bike.
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I own a similar bike, a "gazelle dutch" from Cycle Spectrum (Bikes Direct retail). It has served me well commuting 8 miles round trip for about a year. Rock solid, actually. I'd rather be the one guy on a bike like this in a building of 1500 drivers than in a car waiting to save for a snob-worthy bike.

I actually LOVE the twist-shift.
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I hope they are selling well. it'll just be the start of the Bicycle acquisition syndrome.B.A.S.
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It's $200. So, basically, that $20/mo commuter benefit could pay for that and a cheap but CPSC approved helmet and blinky set. Zero financial risk is not a bad way to get folks to do something.
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It's $200. So, basically, that $20/mo commuter benefit could pay for that and a cheap but CPSC approved helmet and blinky set. Zero financial risk is not a bad way to get folks to do something.
Yeah, true.
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I commuted for years (decades even) on cheap wally-world bikes. You can say what you want about the retailers themselves, but a bike is a bike, and when you have little or no disposable income, them cheap bikes have value (even more so if you have basic wrenching and maintenance skills).
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Looks kinda like the Mongoose commuter you can get at Wally World. Honestly, for the price, I think I'll stick with something that doesn't have geometry like that. ick.
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That bike could be worth buying just for the parts.
Hmm... maybe? Guess it depends on the kinda parts you want.
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