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Raliegh Rush Hour opinions: from those that own

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Old 08-09-06, 04:35 PM
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Raliegh Rush Hour opinions: from those that own

An Officer here at my command is considering purchasing a Raliegh Rush hour. His commute is short and flat, and he's not mechanically inclinded nor does he really desire to be.

I am requesting your opinions on this bike, what is good, or bad and any problems you've encounterted.

He doesn't really want to spend the coins to go up a step to a Bianchi Pista, and really, I don't know the difference between them or the other models in that price range, all the Fuji Track, etc.

Are there pre built alternates that are close in price and just as good?
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1 If he's an officer, steer him toward some thing with lots of titanium, carbon fiber and diamonds.
2 Tell him he will be a terrible rider if he doesn't buy ceramic bearings...etc
3 Tell him you can obtain these parts at reasonable prices.
4 profit !!!
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the bianchi pista was around the price here, but isn't an upgrade. its about the same, but doesn't come with brakes stock. i chose the rush hour because i liked the color better and the fact that i could remove all the decals (if i wanted, but i kindof like those too). i've been very happy with my rush hour.

other options are the giant messenger, specialized langster, or the schwinn madison (coming soon).
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Originally Posted by thelazywon
1 If he's an officer, steer him toward some thing with lots of titanium, carbon fiber and diamonds.
2 Tell him he will be a terrible rider if he doesn't buy ceramic bearings...etc
3 Tell him you can obtain these parts at reasonable prices.
4 profit !!!
He's the legal officer, a lawyer in uniform.

So, if I get in trouble (often the case) he is who balances what recommendation goes up about me. Or bails me out. The last legal officer (or rather two of them ago), bailed me out when I had inadverntly given a very very senior officer the finger ~ though I didn't know he was a Senior Officer. Though I did when I had bolted and led him on a very spectacular chase. And way, old Judge got me out of that tight spot, and I've had a soft spot for them ever since.
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The bikes have very different geometries. The rush hour has much more slack angles and is drilled for a rear brake, making it suitable to use a free wheel as well. Really he should ride both. It will likely be a matter of preference for the more relaxed fit of the rush hour or the more aggressive geometry of the pista.
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very different? does 1 degree in the seatpost angle make a something relaxed or aggressive?

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Are the Cannondale Capos out yet? What are they selling for?

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Originally Posted by zip22
very different? does 1 degree in the seatpost angle make a something relaxed or agressive?
They felt quite different in fit to me. There are more differences than seatpost angle. Some of the tube lengths are different by a cetemeter or two. Those differences added up to a different feel for me.
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the chainstays on the raleigh are 17mm longer and the wheelbase is 16mm longer. the seat tube and top tube are the same. i would think position in the dropouts could make up for the 0.6" difference in the wheelbase and chainstays. i dunno, i just don't see how you can call one aggressive and one relaxed.
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Old 08-09-06, 07:11 PM
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i've got a friend who quite likes his. it's a decent enough steel frame and would probably suit your buddy pretty well.
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I ride mine every weekday, and I love it. I agree with others that the Rush Hour has an agressive geometry, and I find it very fun to ride. Being that I think the bike is a blast, and I'd gladly spend the $550 again, I'll list the things that I think are an issue (but are not neccesarily unique to the Rush Hour in this price range):
+ The brakes suck (and all I am comparing them to are 105's) They work, but they don't grab well and feel like crap (BUT, the hoods are VERY comfortable)
+ My wheels went out of true quickly, but that's just $20 at the LBS
+ The saddle is very harsh if you are not used to a hard, SLR saddle
+ No provisions for fenders, if that is important. You'll need to use race blades (but they fit well if you don't follow the stupid directions). Get the One Way or 925 if you need an all weather bike (or, like me, a Rob Roy and outfit it with fenders yourself).
+ The gearing is harsh in a headwind (or uphill) if you are not fit. If he's passing PT and is riding with clipless or clip and straps, he should be fine.

Hope that helps. If he has any specific questions, feel free to PM.
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I ride one, I like it, tell him to go buy it or something.
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I got one for work, to beat on, and it dents like a mother****er.


it feels good though, so I dunno.
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Old 08-09-06, 11:30 PM
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i like mine so far. i picked mine up pretty cheap ($450) so it was really worth it.
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I would go with the Raleigh One Way over the Rush Hour. It has a more commuting-friendly setup (fenders, rack mount, clearance for big tires) and (unlike the Bianchi San Jose) comes with a flip flop hub so it can be run fixed. Like eaglevii said, the IRO Rob Roy would be a similarly priced option. So would the Redline 925. I just don't dig moustache bars personally.
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i really like my rush hour. it comes with a pretty wicked gear ratio though, (48x15), which is borderline too much for the street IMO.
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iro. someone had to say it.
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yeah, the gear ratio is a bit high for the street. im probably going to change out the chainwheel soon to something a bit more managable, because its currently too high for me to keep a good cadence and ive almost died starting up on a hill at a light.
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i would recommend the redline 925. it comes with fenders, a super stealth paint job, good levers, decent tires, a fixed and a freewheel cog...its an ideal commuter. those who dont like moustache bars havnt ridden them, and or dont have them set up right, which is easy to do cause 90 percent of most shops have no idea where to even put the levers.
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Hey, in response to one of these posts, I browsed Cannondale's site and found this. Looow gear ratio!

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/C...del-6MRFF.html
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i've had mine for about two weeks, and the only real quibble i have is that the drivetrain is very noisy so far; the lbs first tried to adjust the bb, and then when that didnt do anything put on a whole new bb. still sounds like a '68 DeSoto. also some noise in the, supposedly pretty good cartridge, front hub.
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Originally Posted by lala
Hey, in response to one of these posts, I browsed Cannondale's site and found this. Looow gear ratio!

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/C...del-6MRFF.html
Looks like vertical dropouts. Does that thing have an eccentric bottom bracket? The rear hub seems normal.
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Originally Posted by guerillaidiom
I got one for work, to beat on, and it dents like a mother****er.


it feels good though, so I dunno.

I have one ugly dent and I dont know where its from.
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I've had one for over a month now, and riding it nearly every day I've been very happy with mine. The geometry, while not as tight as a real-deal track bike, it is definitely quicker than many other bikes in this price range (San Jose, Steamroller, One-way, Fuji, Sputnik, 925, Bowery). It is a bit heavier than some of the other bikes I tried out, but it's not too bad (haven't put mine on a scale, so I don't know the exact weight). I do not particularly like the fork; it is heavy and honestly I think it's pretty ugly. The bike rides great, though.

I have replaced many of the components, but in most cases it was because I already had something better laying around. The wheels are as good as most others out there on sub-$600 fixies. If you or your LBS properly tensions and trues them they should hold up just fine. The cranks are also as good as any on similarly priced bikes. I like that they use the square-taper BB rather than ISIS.

I switched out the bars to bullhorns because I really didn't like the hoods. That may be because I was used to the Shimano STI levers on my road bike, though. The brakes are decent, and a switch to better pads makes a nice difference. I also noticed a big difference when I went from the stock levers to Cane Creek TT levers. I also replaced the saddle and pedals, but I never even rode on the stock equipment. They seemed a bit cheap but should get the job done. The only mechanical issue I've had was the headset, which came loose on me a couple of times in the first week or two. But after tightening it's been solid. Stock gearing is pretty tall for the street, but that's not too hard to change yourself. The removable decals are a nice touch, but I only took off the more annoying ones (size, national bike registry, made in taiwan, etc.) as I like their look.

Overall, I really like the bike and would recommend it. The frame quality and components are as good or better than just about any other bike for the money.
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Originally Posted by eaglevii

Hope that helps. If he has any specific questions, feel free to PM.
Thanks for that offer. Pretty much what the information you've given me as well as others has given me the perspective I needed. Thank you very much.
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