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Old 11-19-14, 03:02 PM
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Anyone ride a Gunnar?

Looking at a Gunnar Sport. If you ride a Gunnar how do you like it?
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Old 11-20-14, 08:19 AM
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I bought a Sport in 2006 and it now has about 35,000 miles on it. It might be the most comfortable and versatile bike I've had. The way I built it it's about 21 pounds. I like different bikes so I have been riding my Seven for the last 2+ years but still take the Gunnar out sometimes.
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Old 11-20-14, 01:32 PM
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I've never ridden one. But, a friend had one built for him and it weighs 16 lbs. He will have no other.
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Old 11-20-14, 07:42 PM
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Me. Gunnar Street Dog, fourteen years old. I cannot say how many miles I have ridden this now, as I am a subversive who refuses to
use a cycling computer. Let's just say, a lot.

Do it. You will not regret the decision.
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Old 11-20-14, 09:29 PM
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my adventure bike is a Gunnar Crosshairs. I like it and I've ridden it all over the place.

I had mine built with the custom frame option because I have a hard time getting a good fit on a lot of frames. I don't think I'd do that again because if you let them, Gunnar guy get too conservative and made the frame stiffer than I would have liked in the vertical plane. That also made it a bit heavier than it would have been if it were the standard frame. It's not a huge deal but I'd do it differently next time.

You can do better but you are going to spend a lot more money. The paint jobs are really well done but tend to be a bit chippy - you need to be careful.

My wife also has a Gunnar Crosshair and really likes hers.

I think the Sport would be a terrific bike.

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Old 11-20-14, 09:30 PM
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I have Sport and a Roadie. I got the Sport after a GURU fit, and liked it so much I ordered the Roadie.
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Old 11-21-14, 04:47 AM
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Should have mentioned that although I don't have a Gunnar I ride a Guru steel that weighs 18 lbs with tool bag, pump, mirror and rear blinky light. It's a size 55 or thereabouts. I, too, love my steel bike.
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Old 11-21-14, 08:03 PM
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Have ridden a Roadie for four years. I have a very odd body shape very long torso and short legs so I went with custom geometry - fit is perfect. Ride and handling are great. The roadie is my favorite ride.
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I had a roadie for a few years. Ride was very good. Simply cannot climb with a good CF bike, such as my Scott Addict. I value climbing more than a soft ride. Sold the Roadie.
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Old 11-22-14, 07:02 AM
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Thanks for your responses. Need to decide on a fork now. Steel or CF?
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Old 11-22-14, 08:51 AM
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If you want to run big tires or fenders you can get their matching fork. I do not so I put on a Kestrel cf fork. There are many choices.
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The CF fork will even out the ride a bit and save you about a pound in weight. Gunnar forks are way overbuilt.

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Originally Posted by Torelli4 View Post
Thanks for your responses. Need to decide on a fork now. Steel or CF?
Steel.
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Old 11-23-14, 01:19 PM
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Steel. Then you have the matching color fork.
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
The CF fork will even out the ride a bit and save you about a pound in weight. Gunnar forks are way overbuilt.

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Gunnar was on my short list of bikes to buy a few years back, I really like them. I was going to go CF for this reason.
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Old 11-23-14, 03:17 PM
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Writing this reply just so I can follow this thread also. I'm also looking at the Gunnar Sport, versus a Surly Pacer and Cannondale aluminum Synapse, for long distance speed, with rack and fender mounts and a somewhat upright geometry. I think I'm going to spend the extra on the Sport. I'll already have a CAAD10 and Kestrel 4000 for speed, and a Surly 26" wheeled Disc Trucker with 2.1" for ultimate touring, and a Catrike 700 -- I just need something in between all those, lol. The Gunnar brand is something I've been reading rave stuff about -- I think the Gunnar Sport is calling my name. Beauty, to boot, although I don't buy machines for looks.

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Old 11-23-14, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GuNoKo View Post
Steel. Then you have the matching color fork.
Seriously? Fashion over function?

Anyways, a carbon fork will save weight. Both steel and carbon have their own feel. Researching via the internet is something to be done, plus the responses here. Me, I'm going with steel just because of front rack and fenders.
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Originally Posted by Torelli4 View Post
Thanks for your responses. Need to decide on a fork now. Steel or CF?
On the Roadie, I went with a Waterford curved steel fork. Have size 14/15 feet, Gunnar suggested the fork would do away with toe strike - it did !! Plus the ride is pleasant.
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Steel. Then you have the matching color fork.
Steel has nothing to do with it. They will paint a CF fork to match if you choose to buy one from them. That works out to about a wash in price. If you send them a fork they will paint it for $125.

The reason I know this is because I'm planning on replacing my Gunnar fork next season and looked at sending them a Whiskey or Enve fork and asked them.

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Old 11-24-14, 07:58 AM
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I have a Sport with the steel fork. I'm happy with it and appreciate the tire clearance. Be sure to check the fit tool on the web site. You might find that you can ride a size larger than usual and avoid a goofy spacer stack. The paint is a little fragile, as others have mentioned.
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Old 11-24-14, 08:13 AM
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I had owned two roadies one off the shelf and the other custom. Really happy with the ride of both always mated to carbon forks. The reason I sold both were the paint jobs, chips and peels much to easily, beware especially if you are in humid or wet climates. Strange since I don't see the same complaints on Waterford frames.
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It's all anecdotal of course, but three of my friends with Waterfords have had paint issues. I would not hesitate to buy a Gunnar/Waterford because of the paint but if I had a new one I would protect the ds chainstay and the headtube.
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Old 11-25-14, 02:38 PM
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I think it looks ok with a cf fork.

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