Thinking of a new commuter build. I’ve been using a Genesis Equilibrium for the past few years which has been great. However this year suffered a bit of a shoulder injury and the the riding position is no longer suiting me. Recently I’ve been using my 29er hardtail instead as I’m finding it a bit more comfortable with the upright position.
So, been thinking that a Roadrat might be a good compromise. Slicks, full length guards etc with flat bars and a mtb style position might work quite well. Has anyone else owned one? Thought it was the dogs danglies or not so good? Or are there any alternatives worth considering?Posted 1 year agojohnnersMember
I’ve had one, but wasn’t keen on it. Not sure why tbh, just didn’t gel
This was my experience too. I was a big fan of the MTBs, was excited to build it up but as soon as I threw my leg over it I just hated it. Hard to say why, it just wasn’t for me. See if you can try one though, the Roadrat’s got plenty of fans. The integrated mech hanger/chaintug idea was daft, I hope they’ve dropped that at least!Posted 1 year agosharkattackMember
I’ve got a roadie mate who hated his Roadrat. He said the forks were horrible. I’m not sure how a rigid road fork can be so bad but I know a couple of people who have switched to carbon and report much improvement.
I’m also a Cotic mtb rider and was browsing Roadrat’s and Escapade’s but he put me off. He loves his Specialized AWOL though. I like the look of the Kona Sutra.Posted 1 year agowobbliscottMember
Well that is exactly what the RR is for. I really like mine – got it in pub bike/gravel bike config at the mo – drop bars (with short stem), Tiagra drive train, BB7 brakes, 35C tyres. Rides great, efficient enough for long rides, but rugged and quite relaxed too, not as twitchy as a proper road bike. Keep meaning to put some mudguards and panniers on for winter commuting, but never seem to get round to it. The horizontal dropouts and combined mech hangar/chain tug is indeed a PITA, but I think the latest ones have proper mech hangers.
I guess alot of this is personal preference in terms of if you like the way it rides, I like the way it rides, very much an MTB feel with all the benefits of a road bike too and it is a properly rugged bike, so when you’re on a rough trail I have no worries about riding over rough rocks or even small drops.Posted 1 year agoBen_HSubscriber
I had an Escapade, which I ran with drop bars (as intended) and (in its last incarnation) with flats.
The Surly Ogre that replaced it is a lot heavier and only really happy when loaded with luggage. I’d imagine that the Roadrat would be the opposite.
If for any reason I needed to replace my Ogre now, the Roadrat and Escapade would be top of my list.Posted 1 year agoxherbivorexSubscriber
i had a flat bar SS roadrat with V brakes, for short (10 mile round trip) commutes a few years ago. it was absolutely perfect for it, i thought. as maintenance-free as it gets, nice steel frame and on 28mm marathon plus rubber i never had a single puncture in 3 years of riding it in grim south manchester roads.Posted 1 year agoswanny853Member
I like mine- original model, at least third hand to me from Northwind of this parish.
I’ve used it flat barred, drop barred and it’s currently got woodchippers on it. Mostly run as a singlespeed for commuting but it’s had gears on it now and then to go touring. Tyres vary from 28s to 40s with need.
It is very much a jack of all trades, but also very much a master or none- i think cotic nailed it with the original slogan of it being for everything but mountain biking. You could build it as a cross bike but I wouldn’t want to race it, a tourer provided you don’t overload it or a road bike if you’re looking for a cruiser rather than a crit bike. I like mine somewhere in the middle.
The old fork is brutally stiff though. I thought they’d lightened up the tubing on the new ones.Posted 1 year agomundedSubscriber
Love mine, run it with drops as commuter, tourer, winter road bike and still bike I’ve put most milage on, over 5000 since started using strava 3 years ago, and owned it for 3 before that. Not best thing in the world with loads of luggage, and rear dropouts can be slight pain with hanger/tug design of old. Run with 42c marathons down the 28c duranos and works great with all.Posted 1 year agotootallpaulSubscriber
I am just in the process of returning mine to standard format for sale- its a Large Alfine 8 version I used for a year for commuting. Great bike, but now unused.
In great condition- has mudguards and rack fitted, and brakes have been upgraded to Shimano Deore Hydro’s.
Shout if interested.
PaulPosted 1 year ago
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