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    Who makes this commuter?

    Looking for a commuter with the following attributes:

    steel frame
    700c wheels
    1 x 8/9 drivetrain (non-gripshift)
    cant brakes
    upright bars
    fender and rack mounts
    will accept 35-38 mm tire width

    Found a few things that are close, but no exact matches.

    Any suggestions?

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    I'd say pick a frame and build it up yourself... seems like lots of frames would fit these criteria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zirkel View Post
    Found a few things that are close, but no exact matches.
    Sounds like you have bike builder's disease and the only way to cure it is to... build your own to your own specifications.

    Perhaps the Pake C'mute? or Surly Trucker or Crosscheck?
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I'd say pick a frame and build it up yourself... seems like lots of frames would fit these criteria.
    that would be my recommendation too. I like the New Albion privateer for this. Mine is a svelte 22 lbs as a 1x10 or single speed.

    That said, this a great deal that ticks off al the OP's boxes except for canti brakes and bars but is cheap enough that swapping to straight bars would be cost effective:

    Charge Plug Sora - 2015 - Performance Exclusive

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    A 90s Trek 700 series Multitrack or Metrotrack is exactly what you need.

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    Excuse me for asking, but why wouldn't a commuter want disc brakes?

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    Rivendell still uses canti brakes. As well any older mt bike or hybrid. Used, older Surly? Most anything new these days will have disc mounts. My choice? Get an older road bike frame that took 27" wheels, should fit the bill. The 700 wheels are slightly smaller. Might need longer reach brakes, esp in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Excuse me for asking, but why wouldn't a commuter want disc brakes?
    I think this depends on your area. If you live in a temperate area with not a lot of moisture, rim brakes are just fine.

    Me personally, disc is where it's at.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Excuse me for asking, but why wouldn't a commuter want disc brakes?
    Exactly. Ask Rodar this question. I can't figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Excuse me for asking, but why wouldn't a commuter want disc brakes?
    B/c a rim brake is a disc brake. A really big disc brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogbie View Post
    B/c a rim brake is a disc brake. A really big disc brake.
    here we go...

    I'm not biting... it's just too easy of an argument
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    The Privateer is looking like a winner. Just spoke with the guys at American Cyclery in SF about building a 1 x 11 Privateer with cantis. They might be able to work within my budget. Thanks for all the input.

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