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Townie Path 9D vs 27D

Old 11-23-19, 07:33 AM
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Townie Path 9D vs 27D

Besides the obvious 18 additional gears are there any other real differences?


The price for the 27 is cheaper than for the 9 which seems backwards to me and makes me think there might be other differences.


The LBS has a 9D which I rode and liked but considering ordering the 27D


The 27 would have an extra post welded to the frame for the front derailleur correct?


The Lectra website says the 9D has an alloy fork and the 27D has a high tensile steel fork. High tensile steel would be an alloy but I am not sure they are actually the same.


Is the frame geometry the same between the two? The 7D seems to have a more foot forward geometry than the 9D,
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Old 11-23-19, 08:12 AM
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I have a 21d, it was cheaper than the 7D at the time and is still cheaper. The 27d I suspect is cheaper because more people prefer the single derailer on the rear. The market has decided that a 9 speed is more in demand. When I rode the 7d it felt like a good all around bike. The 21d had more range of gears that I could use, but was more complex to operate. I loved both bikes.
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Old 11-23-19, 08:24 AM
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I have a 21d, it was cheaper than the 7D at the time and is still cheaper. The 27d I suspect is cheaper because more people prefer the single derailer on the rear. The market has decided that a 9 speed is more in demand. When I rode the 7d it felt like a good all around bike. The 21d had more range of gears that I could use, but was more complex to operate. I loved both bikes.
Thanks for the reply. It does make sense and single front chainrings seem to be more and more common. Both have 9 speed cassettes. Just that the 7d cassette goes up to 36 and the 27d up to 34.

Do you think I could put an even lower geared 9 speed cassette on the 9D?
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Do you think I could put an even lower geared 9 speed cassette on the 9D?
Definitely do-able. That's quite a bit of money to spend for a relatively small change in your easiest hill climb gear.
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Got 7D a few years ago to be my beach bike.
Have ridden it a lot since, not just at the beach.
it is more than the sum of its lower spec parts,
did not want to mess with a front derailleur.
After riding it a short while, i ruined a stock tire.
replaced both with Fat Franks, swapped out the
original pedals with MKS metal road and replaced
the seat with a Brooks B68- comfortable to ride for miles.
doubt the 21D version would have really been a benefit.
should something happen to my 7D, would get the 9D
And not worry about any price difference.

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I ended up buying the 9D today. Back to back to back to back long test rides at REI.

It was a tough choice between the Path 9D and 7D.

I like the 7D better as far as comfort. The pedals are further forward on the 7D, but I didn't think the 9D was uncomfortable.

In the end it was the disk brakes, taller wheels and better shifters that pulled me toward the 9d.

I wish they made the 7D frame with some upgraded components.
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Originally Posted by B.E. Coyote View Post


The Lectra website says the 9D has an alloy fork and the 27D has a high tensile steel fork. High tensile steel would be an alloy but I am not sure they are actually the same.

When I hear ALLOY in reference to bikes, I think Aluminum, but that's just my interpretation.
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When I hear ALLOY in reference to bikes, I think Aluminum, but that's just my interpretation.
Aluminum tubes will have welds about the diameter of old fashioned cotton clothes line rope. Steel welds will be much smaller. One of my pet peeves is the common use of the word "alloy" as a synonym for "aluminum".
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