This would make a nice commuter

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boostuv
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If it was a little smaller I’d consider picking it up.

~1″ of rear suspension travel, disc brakes, and CX frame geometry seems like a pretty winning combination for commuting in PGH.

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/2555057663.html


BradQ
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While a nice looking bike, I don’t think it is worth anything near what he’s asking, especially given the paint situation he’s created.


Kayla
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…until it breaks.

That has been on there for a few months now. He started out asking $450ish.


Lou M.
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There doesn’t seem to be any point of rotation at the BB or at the dropouts to allow for the movement of that shock. Seems like Kayla is right, only a matter of time until it breaks.


dmtroyer
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+1 Brad & Kayla


orionz06
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I don’t believe you are gonna get the full flex. I also think that some of the newer aluminum framed bikes (Cannondale Synapse) could come close enough.

ETA: That is not to say the Synapse is the ideal commuter, but it does have that specific feature.


that guy
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It just got re-listed on eBay for the same price, too. Another one with original paint sold for $200 or something. I’d gladly give him $150 for it, but his price is so far off it’s not even worth negotiating.

It’s an interesting bike though. It’s a pivot-less suspension. The chainstays flex a little bit to give you the suspension. Seen on the Cannondale Scalpel or Salsa Dos Niner too.


BradQ
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It isn’t going to break because of the suspension design necessarily. Pivotless suspension frames have been around for some time, KHS has done a number of them. Moots is probably the most well known maker, but all sorts of companies have done it at one time or another.


eMcK
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I had one of these, rear “shock” never worked well because the frame alignment was way off.

Gave it away to a friend who isn’t using it either.

It was pretty darn strong though, toured on it with a rack p-clamped to the seat stays, used it with an Xtracycle attachment, drilled and tapped the dropouts for full fender use, it was none the worse for wear, although it rode like crap in all it’s various configurations.


dmtroyer
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lolz, it’s back.


Mick
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I have a Bianchi Avenue that had curved seat stays.

It always rode like a dream – the curved seat stays and fork seemed to act as shock absorbers (at least in my head, they did).

But then it had a cro-moly steel frame too.

That was a contender for ideal commuter – it’s a shame they don’t make them anymore.


steve k
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re: soft tails breaking.

see the amount of frame flex when you stand up and pedal up a hill or hell, grab a v-brake on any frame without a brake booster. there’s a LOT of movement there.

really, there’s nothing to worry about here.

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