Flat Bar Options

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  1. brettem

    brettem New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a flat bar road bike for general cross training and commuting. After going through all of the specifications and trying a few of the options I've narrowed the list down to the CRX 2, Felt SR91 and either the Norco FBR1 or Mirage. I haven't seen much on the Norco bikes but they seem well specced for the price. Has anyone actually got much experience with them?

    (I deleted the Jamis Coda serious, which I really liked for the steel frame, but it isn't available at the LBS or even in the State by the looks of it).

    Cheers
    Brett
     
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  2. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    I guess its what is available in your local area, my short list was Felt SR#, Avanti Blade #, Specialised Sirrus, Giant Perigee, but with the new Giant CRX becoming the replacement for the Perigee, the CRX then took 2nd spot. So, for my first FB Road Bike I chose the Felt SR81.

    I also had a FB MTB with slicks, my spare bike, until Thursday. I am replacing it with a new small frame bike, the choice is down to a Felt SR81-650 and a CRX2 XS size, it will be ridden by two short friends. :) (not on the same day)
     
  3. brettem

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    As of 9:30 this morning the decision was made (I've been looking for a month or more). And the winner is .... the CRX 2 with a Stelle Italia aaddle and Shimano wheels.[​IMG]

    The LBS selling Felt wasn't prepared to deal at all even though they had a SR81 in my size that I would've taken for cash (dollars not card) :confused: but the LBS with the Giant was. Norco would have meant waiting for at least 5 days and that was no longer an option (My old road bike has a cracked frame and the rear derailer is bent).

    So I took my nice shiny bike home and even though it was raining decided to try it out. It's not as shiny anymore, since slicks, rain, concrete and dumb drivers :mad: don't go together. Very slow speed fall into the weeds.

    Summary....Bought new bike, had first ride and first crash all within 3 hours.:D
     
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    gclark8 New Member

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    Well done on the Giant CRX 2, Felt dealers will have to learn not to be so greedy, there are only so many dollars in Aus. :)

    Sorry about the fall, you must be ok if typing, no damage to the bike, I hope.
     
  5. brettem

    brettem New Member

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    Very minor. Just ran out of room an tried manouvering in a concrete car park. Fortunately I wound up in a turfed strip. Kind of slowed down in a hurry (mud) and very slowly toppled over before I could clear the pedal.

    If I was in the car I would have laughed.
     
  6. WiseSal

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    :D Congrats on your CRX2. I bought a CRX1 from my LBS 3 weeks ago and am having a ball! The only reason I went for the 1 over 2 is that weight is a real issue with me. I need the lightest bike to lift in and out of cars and carry up railway station steps ect. I have had to have the brakes adjusted because of my small hands and I wish my left thumb was a tad longer to change up, but apart from that I find the bike wonderful. Light, responsive, fast and loads of fun. Touch-wood no falls yet! :eek: I hope you enjoy your new bike as much as I enjoy mine!
     
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    flatbarfanatic New Member

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    Man pity about the crash... i love my crx 1 and hope u enjoy yours !!! Ben
     
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  9. WiseSal

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    Go for it!! I use my son's mtn bike for off rd and love the fact that I lose my husband on our morning fitness ride, whereas on my old bike we were pretty much the same.
     
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