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IRO Rob Roy - Anyone Have One?

Old 02-02-06, 02:27 PM
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IRO Rob Roy - Anyone Have One?

Yes, I've tried the search function and other than, "I love it" by someone who sold it less than a year later, I haven't found anything substantial. Unless that's my clue not to buy it, I'd like to get some more useful feedback before I make my final decision.

I'm looking for a bike to commute on, and do some 3-4 hr rides. My priorities are comfort over speed, durability and low speed handling and maneuverability for getting around in traffic. Mostly urban use that includes curb hopping and some small stair jumping/climbing.

If you can offer your opinions & experiences w/ the Rob Roy, it would be greatly appreciated. I've also emailed Tony w/ the same questions, but I'd like to get user responses as well.

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it would be my opinion that it's worth the extra cash to get a surly crosscheck. not only will you get a much better range of tire size options, but also the ability to do gears, if thats what the future brings you. the resale value on the crosscheck will be much higher if you decide it isn't right for you.

sorry i don't have much to say about the rob roy specifically.
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it's aluminum, however forgiving, but still aluminum...for long street rides steel (read Mark V or Angus) might be more suitable.
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angus? would that be colonel angus? anyone for colonel angus??
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Originally Posted by No_Minkah
it's aluminum, however forgiving, but still aluminum...for long street rides steel (read Mark V or Angus) might be more suitable.
IRO's site says the Jamie Roy is aluminum and the Rob Roy is cro-mo. I agree steel is real.
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I'm also trying to decide between the steel Rob Roy and the aluminum Jamie Roy (I'd get the optional cf fork on the JR), so am interested to see what owners of those bikes have to say.

BTW, I already have a Soma Doublecross, so Crosscheck suggestions will surly be in vain.
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except that the doublecross has vertical dropouts, so SS/FG becomes hassle-filled.

thumbs up for the pun, though.
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The Vdrops on the DC aren't an issue. I intend to keep that bike as my all weather pickup truck / commuter, and the fixie will be for nice days when I don't need fenders and all that crap.
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aiight. i have a jamie roy and am totally diggin' on it. put around 65+ miles a week on it. it's the only bike i've had since my schwinn g**** picker when i was little so i can't really tell ya anything 'bout comparin' it's ride to steel. but duder i'm very happy with it. the rob roy i guess is more for off-road looks to me like. i like light road bikes so i got da jamie roy. (where'd tony come up with those names anyway? is he scottish or somethin'?). get an iro and you'll be happy!

throw some bullhorns on it and you can climb anything.
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I have one, it is bent to hell now after getting hit head on by a SUV. I liked it a lot and put a hundred plus miles on it a week. Ran 700x35 snow tires all winter with fenders and there was still decent clearance. It was comfortable on thirty plus mile rides and handled well in traffic and so forth. I will be buying another one as soon as the insurance company pays me. Oh one more thing to add in this jumbled ass post.. Do not be afraid to beat it, I beat the **** out of mine and never had a problem.
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BTW, I already have a Soma Doublecross, so Crosscheck suggestions will surly be in vain.
nice pun.
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I have neve ridden either, but I think the Rob Roy frame is proabably more comfortable. The weight difference on the complete bikes is 2 lbs. which is not much (though a carbon fork would make the gap a little bigger). The Rob Roy has a slightly shorter top tube than the Jamie Roy, potentially giving you a more upright position which is better for urban riding. If you aren't going to run a rear (or front for that matter) brake the cantilever boss(es) and the cable guides might look weird.
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Originally Posted by stuckey
Do not be afraid to beat it, I beat the **** out of mine and never had a problem.
Thanks, I don't plan on being kind to it. It's gonna be my everyday bike so it's gotta be able to take anything I throw at it.
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I loved mine (rob roy) but sold it so I could buy a geared cross bike, which I'm now selling to take a frame building class. it never ends.
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I loved mine (rob roy) but sold it so I could buy a geared cross bike, which I'm now selling to take a frame building class. it never ends.
Alexi, how was the low speed maneuverability on it? Also, any problems when riding it for hours at a time? And can I jump a small set of stairs, say 3-5 steps?
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well it was going down stairs that dislocated my shoulder, but jumping stairs should not be a problem. I found the maneuverability to be superbe, I rode it durring the cmwc in NYC for hours then biked back to manhatten on it and I felt fine, I rocked moustache bars on it which helped with the comfort. I wish I had more pictures of the bike.
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Thanks for the info and good luck on building your frame!
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So my IRO Rob Roy arrived by UPS today and didn't look like it was horribly damaged so I was happy. It's my first fixed gear so I have a lot to learn like skipping, skidding, the Kevin Bacon dismount and the triple axl. Here's my first impressions:

Rants
- The rear wheel is slightly out of true. I noticed this when I was adjusting the rear brake and it kept rubbing in the same spot against the pad. I guess UPS banged it up enough. I'll mess w/ that later after I get a real spoke wrench.
- My wrists and palms hurt after riding it w/o riding gloves. Risers may be in order if I don't get used to it.
- My butt's too wide for the saddle. That's getting replaced first. No numb nuts, but it felt like the saddle was making a bee-line for my colon.
- I seriously suck at riding clips. Felt like I was fumbling around in the dark trying to get my foot jammed in the toe clip all while pedaling. I'll have to practice more in the hallway.

Raves
- I took a test ride around Central Park and my legs weren't on fire going up hills. It didn't exactly ride itself up there, but I didn't have to apply much force either. In fact, it climbed much better than my mtb w/ less effort.
- It smoothed out the bumps and crappy streets pretty good. I still felt it, but it didn't make my teeth chatter like my rigid mtb does.
- Smooth and silent. All I heard was the wind.
- It's good looking. A roadie that kinda looked like the lead singer for the Spin Doctors gave the bike some props.
- Got home and didn't feel tired. I barely felt like I did anything for that matter. That's a pretty good feeling.
- I didn't use the brakes at all.

Conclusion
I seriously like this bike and once I get more used to it and replace the saddle and maybe handlebars, I may like it even more. It rides nice and smooth, accurate steering and only 2 lbs heavier than a Mark V and about 15-20 lbs lighter than my mtb. This one's a keeper.

BTW, I'd post pics, but I don't have a digital camera. Needless to say, it looks just like the Rob Roy on IRO's website except w/ blue deep V's.
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yeah **** clips pick up some egg beaters, that baby is a cross bike and only suicidal loosers who listen to the cure would attempt to ride clips off road. and you better take that thing off road it's where it excells. I think moustache bars are the bars to rock with that baby, or dirt drops.
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i miss my rob roy...
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Congrats.

What was the upcharge for the deep V's? Do they use the same color powder for the frame as the deep V's?

How do you like the stock cranks?
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I ended taking the clips off when I got to CP and just rode around on the platforms. I tried skidding, but w/o clips that didn't work. I'm thinking I'll go for another ride. It's calling to me I tell ya!
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Congrats.

What was the upcharge for the deep V's? Do they use the same color powder for the frame as the deep V's?

How do you like the stock cranks?
Thanks! From what I can tell, about $70 for the upgrade to the deep V's. YMMV so best check w/ Tony. The color doesn't match the frame cuz the rims are a more metallic looking blue and the frame's powdercoated a flatter blue if that makes sense. I wasn't expecting them to match anyways.

As for the stock cranks, I haven't had much time on a fixed gear so I have nothing to compare it to. They look pretty hefty and chunky compared to a Sugino 75. They do the job though and there's no noise coming from the drivetrain so they're pretty good.
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i feel like saddle replacements are always in order. same with handlebars. fiddle with this **** endlessly! that's what's holding your weight, and how a bike holds your weight goes a long way in determining your comfort, which also determines your performance. glad you like it!
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