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Mountain/Cruiser Newsboy look alike?(8 posts)

Mountain/Cruiser Newsboy look alike?one_ocelot
Sep 14, 2002 9:51 PM
Hello all,

Perhaps someone can help me. During my life as a cyclist, I have encountered several cruiser/mountain hybrid bikes. I've seen different types, but they all have had sleek, curvy frames. Most have had aluminum frames, but some have had steel. I've seen some with internal gearing systems and drum brakes - perfect all-weather commuters. Some had the extra cruiser tube that bridges the gap between the seat and down tubes and others didn't.

I've seen a few that look like the Merlin Newsboy. I know that they didn't cost $3000 because normal people were riding them.

I'd like to get my hands on one of these bikes. Can anyone help me out; point me in the right direction? I know that these bikes aren't traditional cruisers; they're light, fast and have mountain bike-like geometry.


Nashbar used to sell those ...cory
Sep 15, 2002 3:30 PM
Saw one set up as a singlespeed in the High Sierra Century yesterday, in fact--right near the top of Waterston Summit, a 12 percent climb to about 7,500 feet, the guy went honking by me.
Nashbar used to sell a frame that looked like those--I think they started at $439 and then came down to around $200 because nobody bought them (I would have, but they were too small). Don't remember when I saw them in the catalog last, but you might check--they rotate stuff in and out a lot, so they might have one around.
re: Mountain/Cruiser Newsboy look alike?peter1
Sep 15, 2002 5:11 PM
Gary Fisher made one about 8 years ago. It came with a Brooks saddle, I believe. The idea was to commemorate the "Repack" style cruisers. Came with flat pedals, maybe Shmano LX gruppo. Don't know the model name, but remember reading a review by Richard Cunningham. Maybe e-mail him at Mountain Bike Action?

Also, I think Kona made a similar bike within the last 5 years. It also had a Brooks saddle, and the color scheme was cream/brown. If it wasn't Kona, it was another company from the Northwest. I've seen a bunch of these around, but for the life of me can't remember what it was called. This may have had an internal hub.

And the previous poster is correct that Nashbar sold them. I'd try to track down the Fisher or Kona? first, though.

Titanium frame newsbike?Walter
Sep 16, 2002 5:13 AM
I actually threw an afternoon local paper from my bike when I was in Jr. High. I'd have been alot faster on that Merlin but as I recall I'd make about 25-30$ during every 2 week collection period so it might have taken awhile to pay off the loan. Btw you'd be amazed at the stories adults would give a 12 yr old kid to avoid paying a $1.50 or so for a local paper but that's another story.

As it was I started with my banana seater and later used my father's Huffy copy of a Raleigh 3 speed Roadster with the big baskets front and back.

The Merlin does look better but where would the baskets go?
Titanium frame newsbike?Inhighgear
Nov 20, 2002 6:44 PM
Don't konow if anyone will read this,. But I remember some of those multi trips to collect and hearing the stories. Or the guys who were also carriers saying lets go to eat and everyone heading off to collect a few overdues to get the cash to go.

Up and down hills everyday with 40-50 pounds of papers on the bike for three years, I didn't even realize how good of shape I was in. and I have a spare frameKenS
Sep 17, 2002 1:04 PM
Electra bike makes a variety of single-speed and nexus internal gear cruisers that look like the newsboy. I have one that I ride a couple of times per week. The steel on the frame is on the soft/heavy side compared to vintage road bikes. I like the Nexus system because it shifts under load and provides you with 7 distinct gears but there is internal drag that is appreciably stronger than a derailleur system.

As a matte of fact, I have a new, never built up, electra frame. It is from an unfinished project (couldn't find a cheap Nexus wheel set). It comes with frame, fork, (single ring) crank set, seatpost, and chain. Let me know if you would be interested. (And I will send Gregg $2 if I sell it this way.)

re: Trek Clydetremblay
Sep 18, 2002 9:40 PM
The 2002 Trek Clyde looked almost identical to the Merlin Newsboy, except it wasn't intended to be a mountain bike, and it was painted flat black. Very cool. Instead of a full derailleur set, it had a Shimano 4 speed hub. Like most mountain bikes, it had V brakes, a riser bar, an MTB seat, and hybrid tires. Essentially, it was a city cruiser without the big springy seat and old school handlebars.

But, if you want the more old school look, the 2003 Clyde has all that and a 7-speed hub. They took off the V brakes, put on a coaster brake, installed a springy retro fork, affixed retro bars, slapped on a springy old style seat, and totally revamped the frameset for the new model year. I suppose mixing the MTB saddle and bars with a retro frame didn't sell. It looked DAMN cool though. It was very slick, as it looked like a mountain bike with a cruiser frame. The new model just looks like every other cruiser. Too bad.
Sep 20, 2002 5:08 PM
I have a Madwagon, and while it is lighter than an old cruiser, I wouldn't call it fast. The parts spec is no name and a bit cheap, but for the 99 semolians I plunked down for it and the free shipping I'd say t'was worth it. I plan to "hop it up" in the future. That will be a fun project.