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Commuter / Touring Frame?(2 posts)

Commuter / Touring Frame?B2
Nov 2, 2002 8:37 PM
I'm looking for an inexpensive frame/fork made for 700c wheels that will take larger tires and fenders. The primary use would be a commuter (my experience says darkness, chuck-holes and skinny tires don't get along too good). I also would like to have the ability to mount some racks for panniers to do some touring as well.

The only frame I've found so far that meets the criteria (remember - inexpensive was one of the criteria) is the Surly Cross-Check or Surly Pacer at $329. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Bryan
Fuji SilhouetteKillerQuads
Nov 3, 2002 7:41 AM
At a nearby shop, I saw a really nice (and inexpensive) commuter bike. It is the Fuji Silhouette. It has a compact aluminum frame, drilled for front and rear racks/fenders, 700cc Ritchey wheels (off set rear rim), wide tires, V brakes (good mud and fender clearance), moutain bike flat bar, Tiagra 27 speed gearing, and Ritchey stem and seat post.

The price is $659 suggested retail, but my shop had it for $549. This is for the complete bike with Wellgo clipless pedals. The only thing I would change would be the pedals (I have Shimano M515's on all of my other bikes).

The frame is painted flat grey with some cool pinstriping. The bike is light (comparable to a road bike, and much lighter than a mountain bike). The wheels and tires look tough enough for poor road conditions.

This bike looks like it would be fun to ride and would be much faster than a mountain bike on the road. It does not look as delicate as an expensive road bike. The tire clearance and rack mounts make it very versatile.

The only reason I have not bought one is that I already have five bikes and not enough storage room.