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Old 04-05-16, 05:29 PM
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Urban Bike under $1000usd.

Looking at the following two bikes for city/urban leisure riding and one that hopefully doesn't attract prying eyes when chained up.

BMC Alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio: $999usd
alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio ? lifestyle ? BMC Switzerland

Marin Muirwoods 29er $749usd
http://www.marinbikes.com/us/bikes/d...6-muirwoods-29


Any thoughts on the specs welcome. Any alternatives also welcome.
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Old 04-05-16, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanjungle View Post
Looking at the following two bikes for city/urban leisure riding and one that hopefully doesn't attract prying eyes when chained up.

BMC Alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio: $999usd
alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio ? lifestyle ? BMC Switzerland

Marin Muirwoods 29er $749usd
http://www.marinbikes.com/us/bikes/d...6-muirwoods-29


Any thoughts on the specs welcome. Any alternatives also welcome.
They seem overpriced.

For example, for $539 you can get the Jamis Coda Sport, which is pretty damn close to that Marin in specs (OK no disc brakes), and is a really great bike (I own one).

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Originally Posted by urbanjungle View Post
Looking ... at one that hopefully doesn't attract prying eyes when chained up.
Matte black paint is no deterrent; any thief is going to recognize a $800-1000 bike. If you want to buy a nice bike and lock it up in public, get a GOOD lock. It still might get stolen though.
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Old 04-05-16, 07:02 PM
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Thanks. I will check out the Jamis range.
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A grand for that BMC with Alivio? Oh hell no.

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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Motobecane Omni Strata gets my vote!
Nothing beats this deal!


But out of the first 2 choices it would be the BMC / Alivio.

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Old 04-06-16, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by urbanjungle View Post
Looking at the following two bikes for city/urban leisure riding and one that hopefully doesn't attract prying eyes when chained up.

BMC Alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio: $999usd
alpenchallenge AC02 Alivio ? lifestyle ? BMC Switzerland

Marin Muirwoods 29er $749usd
http://www.marinbikes.com/us/bikes/d...6-muirwoods-29


Any thoughts on the specs welcome. Any alternatives also welcome.
The Marin is steel, and more of a mountain bike. The other options I see listed here are not so off-road biased in terms of standover and tire clearance.

I have a 2013 Muirwoods. It has that smooth steel ride. I have some higher end steel frames and have ridden steel constantly for years and that bike is one of the smoothest rides I've ever tried. it lacks the high end steel "snap," but the soft velvety ride is there - even with 28c tires. Tire clearance is larger than normal for hybrids so it is very off-road biased. Muirwoods was a MTB model since way back so this should be no surprise.

Its a great bike for "urban MTBing" with a familiar geometry for old school MTBers. The tire clearance makes for a verastile frame, the geometry makes for a fun handling ride, and the smooth steel makes it comfortable to ride all day. The 2016 has been redesigned so it may be a totally new bike.

I also really like Jamis, they've been pumping out nice steel bikes when all the big brands gave up on the material.

The Muirwood's main features is the steel frame and tire clearance
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Old 04-06-16, 08:31 AM
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Thanks. I currently have a 2007 Muirwoods and looking to replace that. Likely I won't be on anything other than urban streets. Looking for something sturdy for jumping kerbs but able to break a sweat on when going around a road loop in a park.
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Old 04-06-16, 09:56 AM
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I just bought a Priority Eight with belt drive and internal gear hub. Price right now is $799. Not sure I'd recommend it as a curb-slamming bike though. You may want a 29er for that purpose. Something like the Surly Ogre, maybe.
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Neither of those bikes is really an urban bike. To me an urban bike is an Amsterdam bike. Usually based on old Raliehs. Single speed or internal gear hub with fenders and a chain guard.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
Neither of those bikes is really an urban bike. To me an urban bike is an Amsterdam bike. Usually based on old Raliehs. Single speed or internal gear hub with fenders and a chain guard.
Yep,
Simple, utilitarian ,roadworthy, and under stated.
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Old 04-06-16, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
A grand for that BMC with Alivio? Oh hell no.
To me, having Alivio isn't so bad, but that aluminum fork kills it at this price.
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Old 04-12-16, 07:00 PM
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I have the Marin Muirwoods - its basically a rigid 29er with a neutral geometry but thanks to its mountain bike-tough frame you can ride it anywhere. The stock 700 X 42 tires can be upgraded to 29 X 2.0, giving you a true 29er machine. A great value for the dollar.

My other rig is a GT Eightball - marketed as an urban bike that I reconfigured into an adventure bike by swapping the stock slicks for threaded 42 c tires. It too can go anywhere and where my 29er has a plush ride, the Eightball is lively and fast. Basically, its a flat bar road bike with a Shimano Alfine 8 speed IGH hub that can be outfitted with wider tires. Also a great value.
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Originally Posted by FrozenBiker View Post
To me, having Alivio isn't so bad, but that aluminum fork kills it at this price.
One gets used to it. I've found with a triple spring saddle, you stop noticing bad roads and fire roads after the bike becomes second nature.
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how about a mini velo?


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First impression: BMC and Marin are known, top names and these bikes could be mistaken for more expensive models.

The BMC is all-aluminum. The Marin is all-steel. The BMC will be lighter. The Marin will ride better. If you have hills, or are out-of-shape, buy the BMC. If it's relatively flat and you're in okay shape, buy the Marin.
Or, check out the less-expensive Raleigh Cadent at $699.00: Raleigh Bicycles - Cadent 4
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If you like an urban 29er, Giant's ToughRoad SLR is also worthy of consideration.

There's a thread dedicated to it on the Hybrid Forum.
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Nashbar Trekking Bike

Nashbar trekking bike. Altus/Acera for $350, or $280 if you wait for their weekly 20% sale.
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Cheers. I hadn't checked those particular GT bikes out. I am favouring the Muirwoods or a Jamis Coda. Think a steel frame is the way forward.
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Nashbar Trekking Bike

Nashbar trekking bike. Altus/Acera for $350, or $280 if you wait for their weekly 20% sale.
Thats a lot of bike for not much money.
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I don't understand the question or else I don't tend to leave town with my Schwinn Cruiser SS, Rollfast middleweight or lightweight.

Prices, GIFT, $50 and still building Rosa, my latest Rollfast, maybe I'm just counting the purchased prices but I've got maybe $300 into that.

Then again my mom and I used to find frames in bike junkyards, boy was that fun.

The object of my single speed bikes is to keep myself going up the Hospital Hill without visiting the place. Look for Tempest The Grey Bike Grows Up in Alt Bike Culture as I'm going to finish one of two of them this summer and then maybe retire the thread.

I once was given the opportunity at a thrift store to buy a Univega mixte and save it from scrap and it went to a BF member...I have a broken Roland TR-808 drum machine for the same amount and arrangement, so I'm cursed with finding bargains.
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any other suggestions folks? The Jamis Coda looks best value to me especially since I can't source a Marin Muirwoods in NYC.
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any other suggestions folks? The Jamis Coda looks best value to me especially since I can't source a Marin Muirwoods in NYC.
Did you check Chelsea Bikes? They carry Marin, should be a natural to have a Muirwoods in stock
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