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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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    Rusted,

    I'm leaning heavily with the Bosanova. One thing I'm trying to look in to that I can't find any info on is the Adjustable Threadless Stem System. Can you fill me in on that?

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    Texan,

    The handlebar height can be raised or lowered about an inch with a single allen key. I'm sorry I'm not up on the technical terms, I'll try to post a photo of this part on my Bosanova. This seemed like a great feature when I bought the bike, but once I got it where I liked it it hasn't moved.

    I just put up some photos of mine with the new 37mm tires and cherry fenders on the what did you do. . . thread. You might be able to zoom in on the stem enough to see the clamp in the broadside shot.

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    James adjustable threadless stem.

    Sorry the pictures are a little dark. The stem system has worked well, has not slipped, and leaves just enough room for my bell. Let me know if this doesn't answer your question.
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    I just ordered myself a giant fast road slr1.

    I ordered it upon a recommendation from my lbs, as they did not have any in stock. It was $1,150 $can less 10% - seems like the right price to me. It will be black and blue to match my rocky mtn.

    Ordered mainly because of the disc brake setup and I like the idea of bar ends. It will be nice to not be commuting on my 35lb mtn bike, and to have taller gearing........not planing on picking it up until April.....

    Have not taken it for a ride, so I have no commentary

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    The Fastroad is a great bike. It is a flat bar version of the Anyroad-- the best way to describe that would be a relaxed CX bike.

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    I need steel. I've finally narrowed it down to the Jamis Bosanova or the Fairdale Weekender Drop Disc.
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    I just got a Fairdale Weekender Archer. I love it. No complaints at all. Originally, I wanted the drop version, but its just more practical to ride upright with the family. Mine weighs 26lbs stock. The frame has that great springy feel to it and the Fairdale-branded components are much nicer than I expected. They use Odyssey linear slic brake cables which are very stiff, but give great feel to the brakes, even on the "lowly" Avid BB5s that mine came with. I imagine the upgraded brakes on the drop version would be even better. I've put about 50 miles of gravel paths on mine so far and have no remorse.

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    ^Congrats on the new bike. I was adamant about drops when shopping for the first commuter bike, found the Bosanova and have no regrets a few hundred miles in. When I went looking for a winter/ mud season bike I went with the flat bar, no regrets either after 75 or so miles. Enjoy the new ride.

    I commented above about the BB5s being fiddly, I stand by that comment. They are much less friendly than the BB7s on my Unit. That said, they have been effective in all kinds of slop and a major step up from rim brakes.

    Can you post a pic or two of the Fairdale, that's a brand I don't think I've seen in this neck of the woods?

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    Here are a few photos as requested:




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    My LBS of choice can't get the Fairdale, so I'll be going with the Bosanova. Plus, the Jamis has a sportier geometry, which isn't a bad thing. Now. I just hasn't to get that damn settlement check in.
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    bkiser, that Fairdale is a nice looking ride. I hope you are enjoying it.

    Texan, good luck with the check. Having seen the bike you are now riding (in other threads here), I'll be surprised if you don't love the Bosanova. The stock saddle and pedals are workable, but don't form too strong an opinion until you get some better ones mounted.

    Especially if you get the 2015 version, I'd love to see how the new color looks in the wild. The Ano Black on my 2014 has drawn many compliments in the real world, despite looking really dull on the Jamis website. I would expect no less from Ano Palladium.

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    Once I move back to Texas and won't have to drive across the state to try out a Fairdale, I'll be picking one up as well. But, for now, it's gonna be what I can get.
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