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    Looking for new commuter bike

    Last week I was hit by a car and my daily commuter has since been unridable. I haven't yet received an offer from the drivers insurance company, but I have two estimates on repair costs from two LBS. So, I'm looking for a new daily commuter with some specifics in mind.

    Steel frame. I've been in love with steel for years, and every time I stray, I find myself regretting it.

    Disc brakes are a must. If it doesn't have disc, I'm not looking at it.

    CX/relaxed geometry. This isn't a must, but it is preferable.

    These are what I have in mind so far.

    Jamis Bosanova - this is the highest in the list. I've rode Jamis for years, and have somewhat of a loyalty to them.
    Surly Straggler - because it's awesome.

    KHS Urban Xtreme - this is pretty low on the list. Price is good, but components are eh.

    What else can you think of to add to the list? Thanks!

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    Soma Double Cross Disc, but the Bosanova is a much better deal if you are going for a complete. Take a look at the Salsa Vaya and Specilaized AWOL as well.
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    I have and love a 2014 Bossanova. It is not light but, with the Axiom rear rack, it is as nearly perfect for riding in sun and rain as anything I have found. The only thing I have changed is the saddle, the only thing I expect to change is the handle bars. The drop bars work well even if my added brake levers do eat up some space on the dashboard. I would like a wider spread at the bottom of the drops so that my mirror could see around my knees.

    The discs on the Bossanova are a little more fiddly than I would like. They have never failed to stop and give plenty of feedback when I don't want to skid, but they need regular attention to not rub in the first few hundred miles. The Aurora Elite was another option for me when I got the Bossanova, had better (?) discs and a slightly longer touring frame.

    If you are serious about the Jamis bikes, it is well worth checking with the lbs on last year's models. Mine was almost $400 under msrp as a lot leftover ordered through the lbs. The only difference I see in the model years is paint color.

    Surly straggler is a nice piece of equipment. I drooled over one for quite a while. In the end, the Surly logo seemed more like an inducement to theft and the Jamis was much cheaper.

    I also spent a lot of time debating between the Bossanova and a Kona Rove Aluminum. The Kona was a little cheaper with fewer gears and an aluminum frame. The test ride made me smile for days. Rove, Sutra, and Rove AL might be worth a look. The steel versions are more spendy than the Jamis competition, but pretty enticing all the same.

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    on one kaffenback 2. Flat or drop bar compatible. My pompino has the same "compact" geometry . It fits really well .


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    Kaffenback looks cool. But may be out of budget, especially paying for customs and shipping.

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    it can be bought from planet x in the US or on one in the UK. The shipping is totally affordable from the UK. Heck it could even be free

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