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    Raleigh Furley vs All City Nature Boy - Mainly Commuter

    I have my choices for a mainly commuter/beat around the Metro bike with a little gravel road/occasional single track on the side bike narrowed down...for now....to the Raleigh Furley and the All City Nature Boy.

    I'm curious if anyone had ridden both and can offer opinions.

    On the Furley side I like the fact that it is set up to convert to geared if necessary. I'm 47 years old and not getting any younger. I also like the fact that it has discs even though the particular brakes don't get great reviews. They can be changed reasonably.

    On the Nature Boy side....it's just a great looking bike. Simple, elegant.

    I would appreciate any and all opinions.

    Thanks much.

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    Have you looked at the All City Macho Man or Macho Man Disc? These will be similar to the Nature Boy, although the Zona version will have an even better ride. The Furley is a nice bike and a good deal, but he frame and build are pretty heavy. The ride on the frame is a little dead, where as the All City bikes are a little more lively as steel can be. I'm lusting over a Macho Man Disc...

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    I have a Furley. Nothing wrong with the disc's They are not hydro mtb brakes, but way better than canti. If you want a rack and fenders gears and any thing else furley can do it. I dont think the all city is as commuter ready.
    Great looking bike though. So it really comes down to which you like better

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    Raleigh Furley vs All City Nature Boy - Mainly Commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by The Kopish View Post
    Have you looked at the All City Macho Man or Macho Man Disc? These will be similar to the Nature Boy, although the Zona version will have an even better ride. The Furley is a nice bike and a good deal, but he frame and build are pretty heavy. The ride on the frame is a little dead, where as the All City bikes are a little more lively as steel can be. I'm lusting over a Macho Man Disc...
    I am also lusting after the Macho Man disc, but really want this to be a simpler bike that I can just jump on and go.

    I went and took a closer look at both this weekend and have pretty much settled on the Nature Boy. Need to go take one for a spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    I have a Furley. Nothing wrong with the disc's They are not hydro mtb brakes, but way better than canti. If you want a rack and fenders gears and any thing else furley can do it. I dont think the all city is as commuter ready.
    Great looking bike though. So it really comes down to which you like better
    Nature Boy has front and rear rack braze-ons. They are stealthy about it.

    I went through enough noise and vibration issues with the Avid Ultimates on my Stumphumper 29er that I'm going to stick with the old school variant this time.

    I appreciate the feedback though.

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    All City all day! A lot more craftsmanship in frames.

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    Raleigh Furley vs All City Nature Boy - Mainly Commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by Clobber View Post
    All City all day! A lot more craftsmanship in frames.
    I appreciate everyone's feedback. Picked up a 2012 Nature Boy tonight. WAY bigger fan of the black. Glad I found a shop locally that had one.

    Good stuff!

    Steve

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    Steve, please post some photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tiki View Post
    Steve, please post some photos.
    Here is a quickie. More later.

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    Very Nice!

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    Nice. I am liking this style bike more and more as I ride mine

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    Raleigh Furley vs All City Nature Boy - Mainly Commuter



    One personal tough added.

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    Touch.

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    Great looking bike, Steve! I live in the hills, and will be pulling a trailer on occasion, so I need gears. Trying to decide whether to hold out for the macho man disc, or get the current macho man and replace the brakes with mini-v's. Or some other bike entirely.

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    Raleigh Furley vs All City Nature Boy - Mainly Commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tiki View Post
    Great looking bike, Steve! I live in the hills, and will be pulling a trailer on occasion, so I need gears. Trying to decide whether to hold out for the macho man disc, or get the current macho man and replace the brakes with mini-v's. Or some other bike entirely.
    Go for the Macho Man Disc!!!

    I live on the Minneapolis side of the Twin Cities Metro. I don't remember what a hill even looks like. 😄

    First real ride tonight. Excited.

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    What did you pay? I found one on closeout & am close to pulling trigger. This one has upgraded free-wheel, bars, tapw & stem. Special build but guy ended up with a Vaya instead.

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