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Entry Level FG for Short Rider

Old 12-09-08, 10:12 PM
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Entry Level FG for Short Rider

Hey all,

I'm pretty "vertically-challenged" (48 cm is too big) older rider who wants to try a FG. So far I've found only two FGs that I have a chance of getting to fit: The Fuji Track 650 and the IRO Heidi. Both use 650C wheels, and have a 50 cm top tube (a little shorter than my old Trek road bike). Though the IRO is listed as a 46 cm, while the Fuji a 43 cm, they have similar standover heights (27" for the IRO, 27.5" for the Fuji), probably due to the shallower seat tube angle on the IRO (74.5 deg vs 76 deg).

One of the big pluses for the Fuji (at least in my mind) is that the Fuji is carried by my LBS (at least they said they'll get another one in soon), who is willing to work with me on swapping out stems, cogs, chainringgs, etc. The IRO on the other hand is available in choice of colors, and the wheels can be "upgraded" to custom colors (though I think they're still the same hubs/spokes/rims for an extra $100).

So, does anyone have opinions on the pros/cons of one vs the other? I realize the IRO is about $200 more than the Fuji, but what does this buy me? A "better" frame (or more/less responsive), or better components (or neither)? I'm not necessarily looking for something that I can ride on a velodrome (though I might eventually give it a try), just something I can ride around a bit, maybe get back to commuting if I really like it.

Thanks for any opinions.

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Old 12-09-08, 10:42 PM
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Between the fuji being 200 cheaper and you being able to switch out stems, cogs, chainrings, etc., with your bike store (I assume they'll do this at a discount), it sounds like a much better deal. If you're going to be riding for pleasure, not racing, and possibly commuting, having quick access to a variety of stems, seatposts, and other components that will add to the comfort of your fit and, therefore, ride, will be a huge advantage IMO.
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Old 12-10-08, 09:28 AM
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Second for the Fuji. Seems like it's a better deal all around.

However, I'm a big fan of IROs. It's not a bad second choice by a long shot.
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Old 12-10-08, 09:37 AM
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I think it just becomes a question of style.

I love IRO bikes ... they make a very quality bike that is a joy to ride ... personally, I would pay the extra $200 because I know the custom colors and part swapping would make me happy.

But that isn't as important to everyone as it is to me, so take that with a grain of salt.
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