Flatbar Road Bike

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Flatbar Road Bike

Postby Trackspecialist » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:37 am

Just would like to have general view from the readers, which one do you think better and more ‘value for money’.
The bike will only be used for weekend or night rides, with avg speed 20 kmh for distance of 30km.

http://www.trekbikes.com/au/en/bikes/to ... /fx/7_5_fx

or

http://www.bicyclesonline.com.au/2013-p ... rbon-fork/

or

any other options (comfy is the key parameter & must be flatbar road bike, with budget of $1k)
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby ngalbrai » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:21 pm

Testride, only way to decide!

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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby vinski » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:05 pm

that Polygon bike looks pretty good for the specs and price! im also interested in upgrading my FBR so would also like some peoples thoughts on the above choices.

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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby jasonc » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:16 pm

what state are you in? someone may do a bikeexchange search
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby rangersac » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:43 pm

Components look better on the Polygon. Worth considering though that it's a more aggressive geometry, and has road gearing so take it for a test ride first to see if you are happy with the feel of it.

As an aside it's pretty cheeky of them to claim that it's a full 105 groupset when it clearly isn't!
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby DavidS » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:56 pm

Polygon looks to have aggressive geometry. Nice equipment levels at a decent price.

I recently bought a FBR to replace my broken Giant CRX. The clincher for me was getting geometry which suited my needs and preferences. I would look around online to narrow down the choices and then ride the ones you think are a possibility. You really do need to have a go on the bike yourself to see how it works for you.

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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby rangersac » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:25 am

One negative with the Polygon is there don't appear to be mount points for full length mudguards, or a rack if you think you might use the bike in future for commuting or generally shopping purposes. You can get clip on guards but I don't think these are particularly effective.

Since you list comfort as one of your main priorities I'd seriously consider getting something that you can fit long mudguards to. Otherwise any rain riding (or even night time trips with a heavy dew) will see you with wet feet, bum and a nice poo brown stripe from your hairline to your crotch.
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby vinski » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:49 am

Does anyone know the rough cost estimate changing from drop bars to flat bars? Much more range in the 'normal' road bikes to choose from.
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby RonK » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:58 am

vinski wrote:Does anyone know the rough cost estimate changing from drop bars to flat bars? Much more range in the 'normal' road bikes to choose from.

Now let's see - there are the bars, grips, quite likely a stem, brake levers, shifters, cables. Probably around $250 - $300, not including labour. You could add say one hour labour at bike shop rates.
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Re: Flatbar Road Bike

Postby rangersac » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:50 am

RonK wrote:Probably around $250 - $300, not including labour. You could add say one hour labour at bike shop rates


I'd say if you shop around for components, and are not too fussy about having a complete groupset, or anything too high end you could probably get away with $150 - $200. Also if you are switching over from a new drop bar you won't have to replace cables, but they will probably need trimming which is an easy job with a decent set of cable cutters ($20). The other point to note is that if you do switch from a drop to a flat bar, you should be able to easily sell your brifters (and potentially your drop bar) so that's quite feasably $100-$150 worth of cash to suppliment the budget.
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