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Flat Bar Road Bikes(6 posts)

Flat Bar Road Bikeslevs
Nov 12, 2003 4:59 PM
After exhaustive searching, I have narrowed my choices for a good flat bar road bike to those listed below. Please review the prices and specs and offer any and all suggestions or advice. They are all pretty close, but do any stand out as obvious choices (assume they all passed the test ride).

Thanks in advance.

1) Raleigh C700 LBS $685 tax included
Sizes 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cm
Colors Satin Black
Frame Atomic 13 R 7005 Aluminum
Fork Carbon Cross w/fender eyelets
Headset OS Alloy Threadless
Crankset Truvativ Elita Triple
Bottom Bracket Truvativ ISIS GigaPipe SL sealed cartridge
F. Derailleur Shimano R443
R. Derailleur Shimano 105
Shift Lever Shimano R440
Cog Set Shimano Cassette 12/25t 9spd
Chain SRAM PC-49
Hubset Alloy 28h w/sealed mechanism
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Alex R-450 Machined Sidewall 28h
Tires Vittoria Randoneur 700x35
Brakes Shimano M420 V-Brake
Brake Levers Tektro Tenera w/TPE insert
Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
Handlebar Ritchey Alloy Riser
Grips Avenir 2-Density
Stem Ritchey Comp 6°
Seatpost Alloy w/Micro-Adjuster
Saddle Selle Italia Onda
Extras Rack and Fender Mounts, Watter bottle Mounts, CatEye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owner's Manual

2) Motobecane Cafe Noir--Online Sale only $650 delivered, no tax + assembly cost of about $50
Frame Handmade Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly with Rear Rack Mounts, double water bottle mounts
Fork MWings Kinesis Comp Carbon Fiber
Crankset Shimano 105 HollowTech Octalink Triple 30x42x52
Bottom Bracket Shimano 105 Splined Octalink Low Maintenance Sealed Cartridge Unit
Pedals Alloy road with toe clips and straps
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 Special Black Finish
Shifters Shimano ST-R660 Precision Shifting (Top-of-the-Line/Multi-Ball Bearing Action)
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano Hyperglide 12-25 9 Speed
Hubs Ritchey Comp 28H/28H with Quick Release
Spokes Stainless Steel
Rims Ritchey Aero Comp, 700c Black anodized with Machined brake track
Tires Kenda Racing 700x28
Brakes Dual Pivot Aluminum Alloy Polished Black Finish
Brake Levers Tektro PowerV Aluminum Black Polish Finish
Handlebar Kalloy Black Finish Aluminum with Comfort bend
Stem Kalloy Adjustable Black Polish Aluminum threadless
Tape/Grip Velo Dual Comfort Density
Saddle Velo Comp Comfort Shaped
Seat Post Black Polished Aluminum Alloy Micro-Adjustable
Seat Clamp Ultralite Aluminum Alloy Black Finish
Sizes 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm, 64cm
Colors Black Silk

3) Jamis Coda Comp from LBS $763 including tax
FRAME Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes, double tapered cromo stays, forged
dropouts w/ eyelets.
FORK Kinesis Crosslight, aluminum unicrown, low rider braze-ons, double eyelets.
HEADSET Dia Compe SAS Aheadset, 1 1/8".
WHEELSET Ritchey-built Aero wheelset, 700c, 32/32H, w/ Ritchey Aero Comp rims & hubs, 3x front & rear.
TIRES Hutchinson Excel, 700 x 28C, black skinwall.
DERAILLEURS Shimano Deore XT rear, Shimano R443-A bottom pull front.
SHIFTERS Shimano SL-R660 for flat-bar, 27-speed.
FREEWHEEL SRAM PowerGlide II 7.0, 9-speed, 11-32.
CRANKSET TruVativ Elita, 52/42/30, 170mm (16-17.5"), 175mm (19.5-23").
BOTTOM BRACKET TruVativ BB-03-SPL-SL, 68 x 118mm.
PEDALS Wellgo full alloy platform type w/ single sided clipless body.
BRAKESET Avid Single Digit 5 direct pull brakes w/ Speed Dial 5 levers.
HANDLEBAR Ritchey Comp, 6061 T-6, 0mm rise x 580mm
STEM Ritchey Comp threadless, 105mm x 10°(16-17.5"), 120mm x 17° (19.5-21.5"), 140mm x 17° (23").
GRIPS WTB Dual Compound.
SEATPOST 1X Road suspension, 300mm x 27.2, alloy clamp w/ QR seatpin.
SADDLE Selle Royale Look-In, #2007 w/ gel, Xsenium top and cromo rails.
SIZES 16", 17.5", 19.5", 21.5", 23"

COLORS Polished
WEIGHT 24.75 lbs

4)REI/Novara Express From REI $783
fill me in...george_da_trog
Nov 12, 2003 7:38 PM
Why flat bars?

fill me in...levs
Nov 12, 2003 8:40 PM
Ah, for me, the greatest thing to happen to road bikes. For aging backs, strong stable riding position, ease of shifting. Bar ends recommended to allow changes in position. I have one now and wouldn't buy anything else. Unfortunately, options are still pretty limited, but they are growing year by year.
fill me in...torquecal
Nov 12, 2003 8:57 PM
"Bar ends recommended to allow changes in position."

Why not a normal road bike with a more Rivendell approach to set up (i.e. higher bar, less, none or positive, seat to bar drop, wider handlebars)? Seems like this kind of setup gives many more hand position possibilities than flat bars, even with bar ends.

Bar end shifters and cross style extra brake levers also seem like good options.

Not trying to be judgemental here so excuse me if I sound like I'm nitpicking at your intentions. It's just that I hear a lot of potential riders complaining that a "racing bike" would never be comfortable for them just because they are dealing with LBSs that aren't willing to work with them for a really comfortable, non-racing, fit. For my 2 cents a flat bar really limits your hand positions whereas a comfortably set up cross bike or touring road bike can really give you so many options you'll probably never use them all.
re: Flat Bar Road BikesBarton
Nov 13, 2003 6:19 AM
For older riders like me (60) flat bars are very forgiving on our backs. I changed the stem on my Jamis Eclipse to an adjustable, and it made riding much more comfotable. Oh yeah - I'm a Jamis fan (nice bikes, great value) so I would look hard at the Coda.
Cannondale BadBoy Ultra...HAL9010
Nov 13, 2003 9:48 AM
Cannondale BadBoy Ultra.

This is a bike I own and love. It is a bit more$ than the ones you listed but do check out it's features. The Headshock w/ lockout may very well be the piece that fits your puzzle(that you didn't even know was missing).