Recommendations for a City Commuter/Bike Trail Fitness Bicycle-
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  1. #1
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    Idea! Recommendations for a City Commuter/Bike Trail Fitness Bicycle

    Greetings Boardies,

    Can anyone recommend a neat City Commuter / Bike Trail Fitness Bicycle with the following traits?

    • Aluminum Frame
    • Rigid Fork
    • 1x9, 1x10, 1x11 Drivetrain
    • Disc Brakes
    • Flat Bar

    The only bike I have found that fits the bill is the Diamondback Haanjo Metro.

    Diamondback Bicycles - Haanjo Metro

    I do like it conceptually, but I am not a fan of the component quality level. This bike is priced around $550, but I am willing to spend up to $2000 for a similar bike with better components.

    On the other hand I could get this one and upgrade as needed.

    What do you think? Know of any higher end rides that I might have missed?

    Thank you for your feedback!

  2. #2
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    Jamis Allegro Elite and Cannondale Quick CX 4, or Giant Seek might be options if you don't mind buying something 3x? and converting to 1x.

  3. #3
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    How about a belt drive with an 8 speed IGH? Breezer Beltway or Beltway Elite both come in under $2000.

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    Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc or Elite Disc
    Trek FX Disc

    Just no 1x drivetrain on those models.

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    Not much with those exact specifications.

    Buy something off-the-shelf and modify the components to suit you, or do a frame-up build to get exactly what you want.

    I built myself a drop-bar 1x10 commuter on a Salsa Vaya steel touring bike frame. Does exactly what I want. I probably have close to $2k into it.

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    I will add as a year round commuter I do appreciate a suspension forks ability to take some wear and tear off the body. Even if it adds weight its worth it. Also depending on the layout you can remove chain rings and lock out the front mech from going into certain gears for a poor mans 1x. A belt is nice but, in the event it breaks you can't mend it like a chain. I carry a sram quick link for easy chain repairs.

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    Maybe something like this, with a 1x conversion?
    V90f - Felt Bicycles

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