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Old 03-11-08, 05:15 PM
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Discuss this bike.

https://ucycle.com/bikes/item.php?nam...r&cat=urbanite

Looking at about 1350 for it once I pay the taxes on it.

What do you think about it? Good deal? Anything extra it should need?

I like the fact that its local, and it has everything I need on it.
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looks like surly has someone to sue. 132.5 OLD spacing??? Thats blatant. Add lowrider mounts to a crosscheck and devolve the steer tube to 1" and you've got yourself an 'urbanite'
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That bike has been around for years. Longer than Surly, I believe.

I have never seen one, but if you search the archives you can find posts like this..

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...light=urbanite
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Why would you make a bike like that and not put 2 eyelets on the fork?
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good point. i guess form follows function.
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Originally Posted by digitalbicycle
Why would you make a bike like that and not put 2 eyelets on the fork?
Explain this for me please.
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i thought his point was that there are only so many ways to make a touring bike... ie, of course its going to have eyelets. maybe not, and he really is asking a quesiton.

does anyone else think that using the split-difference/ gnot-rite spacing or whatever its called is borrowing a little too heavily? or did this bike builder (shop?) come up with it?
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh
looks like surly has someone to sue. 132.5 OLD spacing??? Thats blatant. Add lowrider mounts to a crosscheck and devolve the steer tube to 1" and you've got yourself an 'urbanite'
Nothing wrong with it. It's fairly common practice so you can use either 130mm road hubs or 135mm mountain bike hubs. It's pretty smart.

It's also longer in the chainstays by an inch then a Cross Check. Overall a pretty good touring bike with a few warts.
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Originally Posted by digitalbicycle
Why would you make a bike like that and not put 2 eyelets on the fork?
I don't think it's a big deal. The fenders attach to the rack. The Tubus uses the same set up. I kind of like the arrangement. Double eyelets on the front can end up being useless.
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Originally Posted by digitalbicycle
Why would you make a bike like that and not put 2 eyelets on the fork?
No worries about eyelets, it all depends on what you (the buyer) want. Order the frame and Urbane will work with you on virtually every component.
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I've seen this bike here before. It seems like a good tourer. The proof is in the riding though. I'd search for reviews or testimonials by owners. One thing that swayed me towards my LHT was the glowing reports by people who had actually toured on one.
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I have seen several of these on the road loaded and touring. I went to their store in Toronto to check them out when I was looking at new touring bikes last year. They are a very solid bike and you can get it built up with almost anything that you want on it. The people at Urban Cycle are very friendly,know about bikes and carry of great selection of components for touring bikes. Sadly to say they didn't have a frame my size. Went from there down the street to Duke's Cycle ( before the fire ) and test rode a Cannondale T2000, I now own the T2000.
I think that if you get the Urbanite you will be very happy but be sure to at least look at some of the other great touring bikes.
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Yeah. It looks solid, and it is fully equipped. 1250 is a little much for me, and I wish I could get it down to 1,000 dollars. But they don't seem to be willing to negotiate.
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Looks like it would be fine/ But the price is equal to a Trek 520 isn't it? Heck, check them both out
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I called today, and I told them no seat, no pedals, and to put on down tube shifters instead, and they said 950+6% tax was cool with them (Normally I would have paid 14% tax.)

Looks like a sweet deal to me.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Overall a pretty good touring bike with a few warts.
Would you mind enumerating what the warts are in your opinion? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by ryansexton
I called today, and I told them no seat, no pedals, and to put on down tube shifters instead, and they said 950+6% tax was cool with them (Normally I would have paid 14% tax.)

Looks like a sweet deal to me.
Geeze! It must be really slow for them for you to get such a great deal! Make sure to come back with a review!
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Geeze! It must be really slow for them for you to get such a great deal! Make sure to come back with a review!
Yeah, some how the drop bars with fancy shifting systems cost that much more than downtube shifters. I really don't care for shifting gears all that much anyways. I will probably ride in three gears the whole time anyways: Mashing, Headwind/Uphill, and Tired. I don't need to be changing gears.
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Would you mind enumerating what the warts are in your opinion? Thanks.
A little short for my taste (I prefer a full 18" chainstay), a 1 1/8" headset would be better since replacement 1" forks are hard to find, as are stems, and I not a big fan of straight blade forks.

Nothing real bad but just nit picky stuff.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
A little short for my taste (I prefer a full 18" chainstay), a 1 1/8" headset would be better since replacement 1" forks are hard to find, as are stems, and I not a big fan of straight blade forks.

Nothing real bad but just nit picky stuff.
Ohh ok...thanks! Yeah, I wasn't too thrilled with the chromed forks but they are willing to change everything on it (except for the frame) that you want.
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From my small knowledge of touring bikes, I've always considered this one to be a pretty good deal. If they're local for you, and support their work and their customers, like it sounds they do, then I'd think it was a very good deal.

Too bad the American dollar is so lousy right now.
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Yeah, they are about an hour drive from my city. The LBS in my city is all about Giant. Do Not Want.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
I don't think it's a big deal. The fenders attach to the rack. The Tubus uses the same set up. I kind of like the arrangement. Double eyelets on the front can end up being useless.
Are you talking about racks that have a threaded hole drilled in them near where they attach to the fork eyelet? Those are great, but not all racks have them, and they're made unnecessary by dual-eyelet forks.

If you mean that the fenders attach to the rack in some other way, I don't think I'm familiar with that system.

Dual eyelets can end up being useless, but can also end up being useful, and on a dedicated touring bike I think they're a good feature, but I'm getting sort of nitpicky here.
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Yeah, it does seem kind of odd not to have it, but I think it is mostly because they order the same fork for all their bikes.
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That bike looks SWEET!!!!
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