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New road bikes w/ downtube shifters and straight top tubes?

Old 10-13-20, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Speaking of....

Franklin bicycle

One could easily "upgrade" to DT shifters.
Amazing how much better a bike can look with pro photos and a fancy crankset...

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Originally Posted by holder66 View Post
That State bike pictured in the previous post has a straight fork, without the bend which acts like a spring and contributes to the comfort and pleasure of riding a steel frame.
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Nothing in this world is perfect. Some focus on the 98% while others focus on the 2%.
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So true! Every bike is going to have something that isnít ideal. Even a custom bike will have compromises surely. Just get one you like and enjoy it!

First, I agree. The straight fork is NOT a deal breaker. That might be a lot of bike for $550 for someone who likes it's semi-classic style. Or it might not, depending on how it rides.

Second, there is no data to show that a well-designed straight fork necessarily deflects less than a well-designed curved fork. Please see these actual data, which show that the "straight forks don't bend as much" hypothesis is probably a bunch of nonsense: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/..._forktest.html

Bottom-line: Assuming the fork was well designed, a straight fork can have equal flex to a curved fork. The fork isn't mounted at a 90 degree angle to the ground like a pogo stick. It clearly has considerable rake (and room to bend upon hitting a deformity in the road). The bigger questions are "How does this fork actually ride?" and "Was this bike well designed with thoughtful tubing diameters to give good ride quality"? I can't say, but if the tubing was well chosen, it looks like a potentially compelling option for the price.
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Take a look at the pre-sale on the Crust Romanceur.

Lots of positives. imho


I also like the Nor'easter, but it's a disc model.




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I have to believe you can find a frame for a whole lot less than I'm seeing posted here. While the Surly Pacer isn't made there a lot of them out there. CL is full of reasonably priced vintage bikes. Now that winter is coming you shouldn't have a problem finding something.
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I know it doesnít have a horizontal top tube or downtube shifters, but I totally love the Public R18

As someone who really prefers vintage bikes this nonetheless really does it for me.
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