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Old 10-30-09, 11:01 AM
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FB Roadbike....will buy this weekend

OK, I am not comfortable with my current road bike. I am trying to do a lot of commuting on it and it just isnt working for me in traffic. I need to either convert my Specialized Ribouxe (sp???) or buy a new bike. Any suggestions on a good flat bar road bike? Would like to stay under $2K.
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Look at the higher side of the Trek FX line. 7.5 and above.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:29 AM
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Giant Rapid 0 gets good reviews. Looks like it has eyelets for rack/fenders front and back.

You don't think something like a Surly Long Haul Trucker might be better though? Personally, flatbars don't give me enough hand positions and they end up going numb, although I usually park my palms on the hoods. Surly LHT is only around $1100 and can take any attachment known to man.

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Old 10-30-09, 11:36 AM
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At that pice point thogh, a lot of nice frames that could be built up as a FB bike. I'd almost go with a nice geometry CX frame and do flat bars.
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Are you looking for speed or comfort?

Comfort: Masi Soulville 10


Speed: Masi Caffe Racer Doppio


Both awesome bikes with solid components for under $1300. My next bike is probably going to be a doppio to replace my current commuter.

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Old 10-30-09, 11:52 AM
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The Giant Seek 0 is a very nice ride.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:58 AM
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I thought this was going to be about facebook roadbikes
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Old 10-30-09, 12:06 PM
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I recommend a Schwinn Super Sport DBX. It has drop bars but you can convert it to flat bars. Its under $700 and its an all-rounder that lets you install fenders, wider tires, racks and it has the option of accepting cantis for legal CX riding and if you want to ride off-road, just install disk compatible 26" wheels and you're good to go. It has everything I want is an all around road bike for a sweet price. If you want to spend more, there's the Trek Portland.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
At that pice point thogh, a lot of nice frames that could be built up as a FB bike. I'd almost go with a nice geometry CX frame and do flat bars.
+1 billion

at that price range, figure out what works best for you and spec it to your needs.
if i was offering advice, which im not btw id say get a professional fit from a certified...um...fitter and find out exactly how you want the cockpit, along with the rest of the bike, laid out.
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Old 10-30-09, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
I recommend a Schwinn Super Sport DBX. It has drop bars but you can convert it to flat bars. Its under $700 and its an all-rounder that lets you install fenders, wider tires, racks and it has the option of accepting cantis for legal CX riding and if you want to ride off-road, just install disk compatible 26" wheels and you're good to go. It has everything I want is an all around road bike for a sweet price. If you want to spend more, there's the Trek Portland.
Hey did you buy a Schwinn Super Sport DBX recently or something?

On topic: OP if you aren't comfortable on a Roubaix I'd suspect something's up with your fit. Nothing wrong with wanting a flat-bar road bike, but outside some physical issues the Roubaix should be plush. If getting upright is your concern, maybe you could try some cross levers on the bar tops?
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Robaix is a good bike

dont get me wrong, I really like the performance and response from the Robaix...just hate the handlebars. I do have a specialized sirrus and it is great, but just wish I had bought a better version. How critical are disc brakes in a commuter bike? I love them on my mountain bike.
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You beat me to it m4!!! The Doppio gets my vote...when spring comes around and my landscaping biz picks back up I know what I'll be riding...
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Harbor Country Bikes still have them

Its a really good bike for the money at nearly off the listed retail price!
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Old 10-30-09, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
dont get me wrong, I really like the performance and response from the Robaix...just hate the handlebars. I do have a specialized sirrus and it is great, but just wish I had bought a better version. How critical are disc brakes in a commuter bike? I love them on my mountain bike.
Just curious what exactly do you hate about them? Is it hand positions, too far forward, bars feel too wide?
As for disk brakes. It depends where you are riding. If it's like snowing or raining heavily a lot I would go with disk brakes. Other then that rim brakes work quite well.

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Old 10-30-09, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by lambo_vt View Post
Hey did you buy a Schwinn Super Sport DBX recently or something?
I think he did, that's why he's trying to shill it everywhere Starting to wear a bit thin I'd say..
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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
dont get me wrong, I really like the performance and response from the Robaix...just hate the handlebars. I do have a specialized sirrus and it is great, but just wish I had bought a better version. How critical are disc brakes in a commuter bike? I love them on my mountain bike.
Out of curiosity, wouldn't it just be cheaper to convert the Roubaix to flat bar?
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Out of curiosity, wouldn't it just be cheaper to convert the Roubaix to flat bar?
The cost of riding the flat bar road bike he already owns would be $0.
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prolly right

yep, cheapest is to just ride the sirrus......and deal with the cheaper shifter, brakes, etc. but then I have this better road bike just gathering dust...so why not sell it, sell the sirrus and go with one bike?
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Giant FCR1 with Flats or 3 with upgrades.
Cannondale With Flatbars.
Surley with Flats.
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Well, sell em both and get this:

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Originally Posted by cyber_hawke View Post
dont get me wrong, I really like the performance and response from the Robaix...just hate the handlebars. I do have a specialized sirrus and it is great, but just wish I had bought a better version. How critical are disc brakes in a commuter bike? I love them on my mountain bike.
I'm trying to do opposite move on my hybrid. I'm just hate flat handle bars after 3 seasons on it.

Might be you just need additional levers from cyclocross? Like those:

 
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yeah I hate flat bars too...I'm swapping out my flat bar on my Scott SUB 30 real soon.

I'd suggest spending $20 on some crosslevers and enjoying that great road bike you have!
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