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I am looking for a bike around the $600 mark. I have narrowed it down to a flat handled road bike or sports hybrid. I am leaning towards the former. I am doing the Great Victorian Bike Ride and will use the bike to keep fit and to ride with my wife (she has a Jamis Coda). I am keen on the Kona Dew Plus but have also looked at Giant Cross City 3, Trek 7.3, avanti blade 3 and Giant Roam 2. The Kona is my first preference at this stage. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
All great bikes. I like flat bars others don't.
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I'd be passing on the Roam just because of the suspension fork, not needed for road riding.
+1 for test rides, tho' I don't blame you for thinking of the Dew, great commuter bikes.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
I was in the same situation a few weeks ago. The Kona Dew Plus is a great choice and I almost bought one myself but I got a great deal on a Kona Dr.Dew that I couldn't refuse. The bike is just a bit lighter than the Plus but I'd have been happy with either. I love riding the Kona, the geometry is very comfortable. One thing I found was that on the Kona frames I found the size up from the 'recommended' one was more comfortable ie. 56" instead of 53"
In general terms I agree that you should give the Roam a miss. For commuting purposes you want to get as light a bike as you can, while still having a decent enough frame to carry loads. Suspension forks or saddles just add weight and require extra, wasted effort. A simple frame means that all the power you put on the pedals is converted into forward motion, not bunny hopping
I got a Kona Dew Plus and that is a very comfortable bike to ride. Good gearing with triple cranks, and Deore/Altus groupset. Great for hills. Definitely recommend for long, slow rides. Saddle is quite comfortable. Hydraulic Disc brakes are handy in the wet and work well. Not overly heavy either.
2011 Kona Dew Plus (commuter)
2012 Focus Cayo 2.0 (road)
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