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trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

13 May 2015 09:43
+1 Was going to suggest that as well
illwill
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4029 posts since 17/5/04

13 May 2015 09:44
The Genesis is a bit of a classic and very highly regarded but I'd go for the Kona Jake out of that lot. Better groupset and it's very pretty.

swede
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8839 posts since 21/3/09

13 May 2015 09:47
agreed on the kona. sounds like youre after a more CX sort of bike. cannondale caadx??
mtthrvy2
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1901 posts since 8/11/10

13 May 2015 10:23
does the kona have rack mounts?
Seventyfour
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8986 posts since 6/10/05

posted 13 May 2015 10:30, edited 13 May 2015 10:30
Well I was looking at hybrids as I'd prefer a more upright position, I really like the adventure / cx bikes in particular this bmc http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bmc/granfondo-gf02-disc-105-tiagra-2015-adventure-road-bike-ec072430
(I've got a bit of a hard on for bmc atm Laughing out loud)
But I have dodgy lower back and I'm fat, my intention was to get the hybrid get into some kind of shape then go for the drop bar cx bike next year.
I don't want to buy something feel uncomfortable on it and end up leaving it in the garage to rust (like I did with my Fuji track a few years back)
illwill
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4029 posts since 17/5/04

13 May 2015 10:42
A hilly 8.5 mile ride isn't a distance to be sniffed at. You will be making things much harder for yourself on a upright bike.

I suggest trying to wangle an extended demo of a cx bike with drops. You will be doing yourself a favour in the long run.
Seventyfour
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8986 posts since 6/10/05

13 May 2015 10:53
Really my work mate does the same route with another 6 mile on top and he reckons I'd piss it. I kinda doubt that though Laughing out loud
I'd only be doing it a couple of times a week too I work 4on4off and drive
mtthrvy2
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1901 posts since 8/11/10

posted 13 May 2015 11:12, edited 13 May 2015 11:12
a croix de fer wouldnt put you that low, with a stem with a lot of rise and spacers you could get a fairly upright position. You would then be able to drop the position as you get more comfortable and not have to buy a new bike.

I dont think an upright position would really make a massive difference over 8 miles, especially commuting. Maybe a few mins slower..
mtthrvy2
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1901 posts since 8/11/10

13 May 2015 11:13
or fit whatever bars you want

Seventyfour
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8986 posts since 6/10/05

posted 13 May 2015 12:59, edited 13 May 2015 12:59
I prefer the Kona to the Genesis but prefer this bmc to both I think if I was going to buy one I'd just have to spend the extra and get the nice Matt red one Laughing out loud

I read a review of the BMC GF02 and it said it could do anything, even light mountain biking!
That and all the CX bikes mentioned above all have road groupsets, and pretty fragile looking seat stays



Would they really be more suited off road than the Ac02 deore? which looks sturdier to me, has 37c tires which could be swapped for cx tires and a mtb groupset.



If this really is the case I better go order some more bikes, I'm pretty sure Evans are sick of me all ready Laughing out loud


illwill
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4029 posts since 17/5/04

posted 13 May 2015 13:14, edited 13 May 2015 13:14
Sturdiness has little to do with it. You aren't going to snap a frame going down a towpath. The point is that the AC02 is designed for stiffness whereas the CX bikes are a balance of rigidity to make them fast and efficient over the road and compliance which gives you a degree of control and comfort off road.
mtthrvy2
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1901 posts since 8/11/10

13 May 2015 13:23
im only mentioning the genesis as its a bike im considering. The Ac02 is probably more suited off road but id rather the genesis for canal paths which you could almost do on a standard road bike anyway.
Seventyfour
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8986 posts since 6/10/05

posted 13 May 2015 13:24, edited 13 May 2015 13:24
@illwill Ah ok I get you, I didn't think the Ac02 was as stiff as the 01 though
swede
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8839 posts since 21/3/09

posted 13 May 2015 15:45, edited 13 May 2015 15:45
croix de fur looks Ubercool Ubercool

if you want to be even comfier check out fairdale, this is the weekender.


sort of want to build up something similar… shame im running out of space
Entropic
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294 posts since 1/4/12

posted 13 May 2015 16:12, edited 13 May 2015 16:12
always end up building daft niche bikes like that with way too nice parts and never riding them
DuffMan
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14378 posts since 21/2/07

13 May 2015 16:48
I have an old early 90s mtb frame that is getting turned into a canal cruiser ala that fairdale when I can be bothered
Matt_payne202
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221 posts since 16/4/12

13 May 2015 17:10
I love the bmc ac01, I rode the spec with the belt drive and it's a super nice, fast ride. It will put you in a good position and the tyres it comes with are big enough anyway. just reduce the tyre pressure if you know you're going off-road.

Did any Fukers do this? http://pages.rapha.cc/events/ride-report-raphas-hell-of-the-north-vi
Did it last year on 23's and this year on 25's and have only crashed once not even due to traction problems Laughing out loud
illwill
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4029 posts since 17/5/04

posted 13 May 2015 17:30, edited 13 May 2015 17:30
Matt_payne202 wrote: I love the bmc ac01, I rode the spec with the belt drive

Thats the spec I wanted. It's mental money and only makes sense if you're riding locked garage to locked garage. If you're in town and might leave it outside the pub or the shops then in just isn't smart Evil
Matt_payne202
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221 posts since 16/4/12

13 May 2015 17:49
Yeah that's it Will. I borrowed it off a colleague for a week and had safe places to put it but yeah I wouldn't buy it myself.
Jesus
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5996 posts since 7/10/08

13 May 2015 22:59
Planet-X London Road frame is reduced to £149 in Silver, all sizes available,

with these wheels

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/WPSHOEMRX05/shimano-wh-rx05-road-disc-wheelset

would make a great basis for a bike,

had an email for a cheap Tiagra groupset this week as well, Ribble maybe although you dont need the calipers as its disc