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Gunnar Sport



I spent years riding off-the-rack bikes. There's nothing at all wrong with that, but I always found something in the manufacturer's spec I didn't like---either the components weren't all "nice", or the saddle was wrong, or the bar was too narrow. I have carpal tunnel syndrome so I need a high bar bike.

My LBS is a Gunnar dealer. I considered a Waterford but Gunnar is much more affordable. The price with upgraded paint was $1100 for frame/fork, which is a SCREAMING deal for a US made steel frame and fork. Gunnar is excellent to deal with, and there's a good chance you'll speak to Richard Schwinn when you call.

 It's durable as well. I was hit by a truck last year and the bike escaped with only a paint chip. A trip to Gunnar for a repaint and it was good as new.

Downside? It's too nice. I built it as a commuter but I hate to ride it in the rain. If I do I have to spend an hour detailing it when I get home. I know people who believe that a commuter should be one's nicest bike, because it gets ridden the most. I disagree. Riding a super nice bike is a hassle when it comes to doing anything but commuting to and from work. If I'm on the Gunnar and I want to stop somewhere, I'm fearful. Fearful of theft, vandalism, and paint damage in the rack.

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My bike is set up Rivendell-style. Shimano 105 deraileurs, Ultegra long reach brakes, Sugino XD crankset, 46cm Nitto Noodle bar, Cinelli cork tape, SKS fenders, Brooks B17 saddle, a Tubus Vega rack and Carradice Kendal panniers. Nothing flashy or super high tech, but nice solid components that will last forever.

The bike rides like a dream. The True Temper OX Platinum tubing absorbs lots of road buzz, and the steel fork is just as plush as carbon.

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Size: 480 500 520 540 560 580 600 620
Seatmast: 410 415 490 510 530 550 570 590
Wheel: 650C Specific 700C 700C 700C 700C 700C 700C 700C
Top Tube (Theo): 500 515 530 550 560 570 580 590
Seat Angle: 75.0 76.0 75.0 74.0 73.5 73.0 73.0 72.5
Head Angle: 71.5 71.5 72.0 72.5 72.5 72.5 72.5 72.5
Fork Rake: 45 48 48 45 45 45 45 45
Trail: 56 64 61 61 61 61 61 61
Chainstay Length: 415 430 430 430 430 435 435 435
Headtube Length: 120 102 119 137 154 171 191 212
Bottom Bracket Drop: 50 80 80 80 80 80 80 80
Avg. Standover (mm): 684 708 752 770 788 805 824 842
Avg. Standover (in): 27.0 27.9 29.6 30.3 31.0 31.7 32.4 33.2
Wheelbase: 972 1001 1004 1008 1014 1024 1034 1039

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August 2, 2008
Nice rig, Mike. I've had a Crosshairs for the past few months and really like it. It makes a pretty good commuter, too.

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