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  • Premier Icon stufield
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    Anyone got one of these:

    Kona Sutra
    Genesis Croix De Fer
    Cotic Roadrat Short

    Looking to move some bits from my old dawes to build commuter / general riding with kids bike and was wondering whether to save myself the hassle and consider one of the first 2?

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Tick.

    I’m fed up of the mini V brakes on my Tricross, so I’m looking for a disc compatible road frame that will takes racks and fenders.

    druidh
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    Sutra?

    What do you want to know?

    druidh
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    Oh – there’s one for sale in the classifieds (not mine)

    Premier Icon Halfbike
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    I have a Roadrat short (in fact I had the first Roadrat short – not much of a claim to fame I guess!), and I love it – not amazingly light, but really fun to ride and I use it all winter as my nightride bike. Its properly quick, and although the brakes are a pain the arse to set up right (the front one particularly), once you get them right, you won’t go back to cantis. Ever.

    More piccies here:

    Roadrat6.jpg

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    I like the look for the Croix de Fer, but it gets proper panning in the roadie reviews 🙁

    Another option is the Kona Dew with Drops.

    Premier Icon Halfbike
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    If you win the lottery, or have a granny you can sell, you could always consider one of these:

    Web blurb here:

    http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/bikes/cyclocross/pure-blood

    Best looking cross bike ever?

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    stick a basket on the front for t’whippet an’ I’ll take it!

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Actually, I’m really liking the Gunnar Fastlane. If it was aluminium, it would be perfect.

    druidh
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    There’s a new Marin out this year – can’t remember what it’s called.

    I love my Sutra, but she’s a heavy old bird. While this is great for stability, I’d probably be looking for something a bit lighter if I was buying now. The Dew Drops would be worth looking at.

    Premier Icon billyboy
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    456’s have rack mounts and will go places drop handlebars will not take you. Granted you won’t go as fast on road but that might just increase your lifespan.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    druidh, do you mean the Toscana from marin? That looks quite interesting. Am I allowed to say that about a Marin in here?

    druidh
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    Aye – the Toscana. Looks nice (in photos at least)

    james-o
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    “I like the look for the Croix de Fer, but it gets proper panning in the roadie reviews”

    where? we’ve not had one reviewed yet?

    CountZero
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    I agree with druidh, I’ve got a Sutra, the first preproduction one that came over for the bike shows; crap paint and a BB shell that was oval! Great bike, but as has been said, pretty heavy. It is designed as a tough tourer, so that’s not surprising. I’ve singlespeeded mine, hand sprayed it Hammerite black, and put on a pair of Profile Aerobars, with bar-end levers and Crosstop levers, Maxxis CX tyres and mudguards for winter use. It’s been brilliant, the amount of salt put down on the roads collects in the cycle lane I use to get to work, and the Sutra has been ideal, I even put a Taya galvanized chain on it. Just an excellent hack bike, and the discs are awsome. I actually rode it on part of the Conti Route in Wales in original spec, and it coped fine.

    james-o
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    just had a dig about and you may be right geoff – the CTC forum collective doesn’t like it / get it.. so no real news there 🙂

    elma
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    Planet x uncle john’s are cheap and would fit your requirements.

    Moses
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    Wiggle’s flogging 2009 Focus Meres for £700 this week, a cross bike but looks interesting

    cmyk
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    i second the uncle john.
    fantastic bikes.
    mine is currently undergoing a change from disc braked, speedcity wheeled to cantilever brakes and road wheels!

    ericemel
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    Are all of these running cable disc’?

    cmyk
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    mine is/was. avid bb7 roads.

    grumm
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    Not sure how you would run hydraulic discs with the STI road shifters.

    Premier Icon stufield
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    Moses – thanks for the heads up on the focus, looks interesting, shame about the lack of mudguard / rack mounts but quite a deal

    CountZero
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    They have to run cables, nobody does hydraulic flippy shifters, and as for running two pairs of levers on aerobars like I do…

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    James – yes sorry, the CTC thing isn’t really the roadie press or a review. Rather opinions of a few roadies – I should have been more specific / qualifying.

    I’m a big fan of your bikes. I have two iOs (one is alfined) and junior has a Ridgeback 16 MX which I really rate. I’m considering the criox de fer for my next cyclescheme purchase 🙂

    mr frosty
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    Salsa do one 😆

    james-o
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    no probs Geoff, just had to check as you never know what lurks somewhere online! )

    maybe we should have a repeat-buyer deal for those that own more than one of our bikes?! seems like iO owners in particular have often got more than one of our bikes now, it’s great to hear.

    Kinesis are doing a fast commuter frame called the “Tripster” as part of the new decade range. This will take disc brakes and has mounts for full mudguards and rack

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