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    I've narrowed down to...

    My next bike will be for commuting 24 miles round trip, hopefully 2-3 times per week. 1 mile on each end will be a 4% hill, 2 miles of city and 8 of highway. I know that carbon is all the rage but I am just not comfortable riding on it for any serious riding. The closest to the perfect bike I've found is the REI Novara Express. It's light, fast and handles well. The problem is the carbon fork. I test rode it through the parking lot and cringed when I came upon a speed bump. Irrational, maybe but that's the way it is.
    No drop bars, flat bars only.
    The three are these:
    Scott Sub 20
    Trek 9th District
    Bianchi Camaleonte 3
    I know Trek is a 9 speed but for what it would take to give it a triple ring it would be the same price as the other 2.

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    My 2 cents.

    So if you are against carbon - the bianchi has carbon rear stays - so should be out for you. But otherwise a great bike.

    The other 2 are very close ( except for the 9 speed issue. )
    I'd Choose based on which bike shop is more convenient to you.

    An alternative idea - when i chose a road bike I didn't like aluminum feel. And was afraid of durability of carbon fiber. So I rode some older chromoly - steel bikes. I actually preferred that for the feel and durability.
    Find a chromoly bike. Not sure if any new ones available. I ended up getting a vintage Bianchi.

    A side note - I used to ride a 12 mile loop on busy streets. I could ride it in almost half the time & energy on my road bike vs a hard tail mtn bike. Thinner tires...most of the difference. but I preferred the option of going off road if the feeling arose and the more upright riding position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxthedog View Post
    So if you are against carbon - the bianchi has carbon rear stays -.
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    It says the frame is Alum. No mention of carbon. What am I missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk9 View Post
    It says the frame is Alum. No mention of carbon. What am I missing?

    My bad.
    The other 2 Bianchi bikes on the page say carbon fiber stays.
    But the one you picked doesn't.

    I think the bianchi may have a slight edge over the other 2 bikes.
    But they all 3 are very close. And all look great on paper.

    I think the choice for me would be :
    Have you riden them all ? Which feels best ?
    and which one fits the best? Get advice from the shop on fit.
    And closest shop to you.
    And are any post sale adjustments included ?

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