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Old 04-08-11, 10:44 AM
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What would be best choice for me? 19er or CX bike for commute+trails+keeping up w/...

Let me just start by saying I am 6'5" 250# with long legs. Not a tiny dude, so wheels suffer and I need 21 or 23" frame on 29er or 63cm+ frame on a CX bike.

Since I have killed my beater MTB, I am ready for a new bike.
I want to start commuting on a bike (through Boston's horrendously potholed streets), hit some of the bike trails here, and keep up with my wife, when she is riding her road bike. A tall order indeed.

Would a 29er work for me on slicks, or should I stick with looking for a CX bike?

My budget is under $800, so my top choice in CX bikes Kona Jake is a no go ('10 models are all gone in 63cm and '11 models are $1050). I paid double what I wanted to pay for my wife's road bike. I need to stick to my budget this time. All advice I have gotten so far would take me above my budget. Can't do that, no matter how good the alternatives are.

I am looking at some Motobecane bikes (Phantom Cross and Cross outlaw). But there is nothing is stock for me in CX bikes.
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You may want to check out Jensen usa. I believe, I saw a while back that they were selling a new brand (Focus) that the prices seemed to be OK.
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If you are comfortable on a drop bar bike, a "CX-like" bike (to distinguish between a racing-specific CX bike and one which is more geared for general use and commuting) would work really well.

A 29er is a definite option - a hardtail with lockout fork or rigid. Putting slicks on it would make it into a roadworthy bike. My son is 6'4 and 320 lbs and this bike suits him. He rides the 21" (largest) frame.

The Trek FX series is another option.
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