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Focus Paralane Alternative?

Old 05-19-17, 04:44 PM
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Focus Paralane Alternative?

Hello everyone,
This is my first post on these forums and I'm hoping someone could help me out. I am extremely interested in the Focus Paralane AL Tiagra model. The problem is that it's practically impossible to source one to the USA. My question is: Are there any alternatives to this bike that are available to USA residents? The specs I'm looking for are:
-Endurance geometry
-Rack mounts
-At least a 35mm tire clearance
-At least Sora level components
-Disc brakes, mech or hydro is no matter

I was looking at the BMC Roadmachine 03, which ticks a lot of those boxes but is overpriced. Another possibility is the Whyte Sussex. Again, hard to source to the US. I am hoping to get something around $1000.

Thanks
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Cannondale Synapse, their aluminum frames have mounts I believe.
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Old 05-19-17, 05:07 PM
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Son of a B, that might have been the one. Except I don't think I could fit into the 53cm frame which is the smallest they have
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Son of a B, that might have been the one. Except I don't think I could fit into the 53cm frame which is the smallest they have
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Originally Posted by cretzloff View Post
Son of a B, that might have been the one. Except I don't think I could fit into the 53cm frame which is the smallest they have
Those are very different bikes by the numbers. If you think you know what you want, you should be sure to take a look at their geometries.

By the way, the Paralane is a pretty sweet bike; is there a model that's "around $1k?" I thought they were spendier than that.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Those are very different bikes by the numbers. If you think you know what you want, you should be sure to take a look at their geometries.

By the way, the Paralane is a pretty sweet bike; is there a model that's "around $1k?" I thought they were spendier than that.
I probably don't know for sure what I want. Some days I want a gravel bike, most days I want an endurance bike. In the end I want a fast endurance bike that I can commute with, ride on the weekends and go wherever my wife's hybrid can go. Something like the Ribble CGR, but I can't get past the color. Again, the Whyte Sussex ticks all the boxes but just impossible to find.

In terms of price, I would be willing to pay more than the $1000 range to get the Paralane since it's exactly what I need. In reality, something exactly like the Paralane but with lower specs and not hydro brakes would be perfect as well.
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Originally Posted by cretzloff View Post
I probably don't know for sure what I want. Some days I want a gravel bike, most days I want an endurance bike. In the end I want a fast endurance bike that I can commute with, ride on the weekends and go wherever my wife's hybrid can go. Something like the Ribble CGR, but I can't get past the color. Again, the Whyte Sussex ticks all the boxes but just impossible to find.

In terms of price, I would be willing to pay more than the $1000 range to get the Paralane since it's exactly what I need. In reality, something exactly like the Paralane but with lower specs and not hydro brakes would be perfect as well.
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Originally Posted by cretzloff View Post
I probably don't know for sure what I want. Some days I want a gravel bike, most days I want an endurance bike. In the end I want a fast endurance bike that I can commute with, ride on the weekends and go wherever my wife's hybrid can go. Something like the Ribble CGR, but I can't get past the color. Again, the Whyte Sussex ticks all the boxes but just impossible to find.

In terms of price, I would be willing to pay more than the $1000 range to get the Paralane since it's exactly what I need. In reality, something exactly like the Paralane but with lower specs and not hydro brakes would be perfect as well.
That Whyte Sussex has some sporty geometry; I bet it is a blast to ride.

Take a look at the Breezer Inversion Pro, which is around $1.8k:

Breezer Bikes - Inversion Pro - Bike Overview
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