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Mid-Range All Around Road Bike

Old 04-20-10, 08:05 PM
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Mid-Range All Around Road Bike

I'm looking for a stock, all-around road frame. Something I can do road rides with, pull my kid in a trailer with, etc.

I want something fairly low end, but I'm just looking at different price points. What other frames would fill in this list?

$$$$. Rivendell Roadeo
$$. Soma Smoothie / Soma Smoothie ES
$. Surly Pacer
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Something from Jamis?
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Cannondale Cyclocross CAAD8.

The clearance allows for fatter tires and is compatible with fenders and luggage racks. I currently have GP4000S tires on it and I'm using it as a road bike. It's 21 lbs with the road tires on it and 21.9 with cyclocross tires.
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Don't get a Rivendell. I like the Cannondale suggestion.
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What about this bike: http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale/

The price seems almost too good to be true.
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Probably want to get a cyclocross bike. Steel and disc brakes would be a plus, but obviously aren't necessary... But you can pull a trailer with a road bike...

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The Masi isn't bad. It's got some nice components to add with the full 105.
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Originally Posted by PanicDog View Post
What about this bike: http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale/

The price seems almost too good to be true.
The Masi's are nice. I've seen the Speciale CX and Speciale Randonneur at Counterbalance Cycles; haven't seen the particular model you highlighted.

Another option would be a Salsa Casseroll (more relaxed) or a Salsa Pistola (more aggressive). If you want something beefier, there is the new Salsa Vaya, more of a dirt-road touring bike, though.

In the 'cross vein, don't forget Redline Conquest or Specialized Tricross, both popular Seattle commuter/winter bikes.
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