Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Help me decide on a bike?

Old 11-04-14, 03:37 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Help me decide on a bike?

I'm interested in buying a cyclocross bike for commuting, riding on trails, longer-distance road riding and maybe some actual cyclocross racing. I haven't been on a bike in probably 10 years but apparently one never forgets how...

I'm looking at the Marin Lombard Elite (the shop I was in told me that my price would be around $1300CAD) and the Kona Jake. I can also get Brodie, Opus and Cannondale locally but I haven't looked too closely at any of their lines yet. I like the idea of the internal cable routing on the Jake but the Lombard has a carbon fork and I think the SRAM X7 is a step up from the Shimano Tiagra on the Jake.

I'm leaning towards the Marin, but is there anything else I should consider between the two of them? Should I look closer at any other manufacturer?
shydroxide is offline  
Old 11-04-14, 06:22 PM
  #2  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,598

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,359 Times in 865 Posts
Lots of bikes in that sector ..I have no idea about what is in the shops where you live {none you list are sold Here-] did you test ride it/them ?

If you have a Shop with a QBP account they distribute Ridley of Belgium (though they too probably get Asia to make the frames )
fietsbob is offline  
Old 11-11-14, 07:31 PM
  #3  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 457

Bikes: Redline Conquest Pro, Kona Cinder Cone, Trek Fuel EX8(RIP) Pivot Mach 5 frankenbike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Since you are in Canada, how about Norco, also consider other PNW brands like Raleigh or Redline. The important point is how it feels and rides rather than the paper spec sheet and for a cross bike the test ride should include some dirt. When I bought my cross bike I had choice of a Fuji with nicer paper spec and a Redline with a better ride, I took the Redline because the Fuji felt harsher on the grass and didn't handle as securely.
SlowJoeCrow is offline  
Old 11-11-14, 07:36 PM
  #4  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
sounds like you are in the same boat as me. I have been considering the Cannondale Caadx tiagra disc and Trek Crossrip Elite. I like the looks of the Trek, but I can get more bike for the money w/ the Cannondale.. I'll check out the Martin Lombard as I'm not familiar with that.
chippah is offline  
Old 11-11-14, 08:39 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,803

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 528 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3272 Post(s)
Liked 4,004 Times in 1,478 Posts
I love my (2013) Kona Jake. The Tiagra components are actually pretty decent. I'd say it's more a matter of whether you prefer Shimano or SRAM. Ride both and think about the differences in the way they shift. It's a personal preference either way.

The internal cable routing isn't all that it's cracked up to be, IMO. I had a shifting problem after about 1500 miles that I'm pretty sure was caused by the cable wearing a groove in the frame where it exits. The LBS put a piece of PVC-type wrapper on it that fixed the problem and it's been fine for over 2000 miles since, but I don't know that the internal routing really gets you anything but a cleaner appearance.

If you have the budget for it, a Kona Jake the Snake would be a big step up from the base Jake, is still plenty capable of commuting, and would be better for CX racing than either the Jake or the Lombard. It also has replaceable plates at the cable exits (which are there to make it Di2 ready).
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bombardier
Commuting
44
03-27-14 09:29 AM
englishdallas
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
5
01-01-14 12:17 PM
boogiewith
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
18
10-18-13 12:55 PM
dkyser
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
24
04-10-13 05:50 PM
Nigel33
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
6
07-01-11 12:48 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.