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Disk brakes. They work better than canti's in the rain and snow. Another option I looked at was the REI safari but, I prefer drop bars, steel frames, and 700c wheels. I paid $995 not a lot of money compared to other bikes out there. The Trek Portland has disks and costs about $1550. Can't put a front rack on it or a big tyre. Sojourn is still the best bike for me. Stable and comfortable and stops on a dime.
What the dealer told me was the first shipment mostly went to dealer pre-orders. I paid for mine up front and got one from the first shipment. The next lot should be arriving soon. Probably not going to get a deal on one as they will sell out. It is a great bike heavy, but I like the fit and comfort. I have about 400 miles on the bike now with no issues. I have a Jandd rack on the front and puchased bags from Rivendale. Baggens bags these are a little big for everyday use but, they squash flat when empty and look great. No zippers to fail and so far water proof. Buy according to top tube length not seat tube or stand over.
The ability to run large tyres helps in smoothing out the streets too. I almost bought this bike but bought the Raleigh sojeurn. I really had to have the disk brakes and like the longer stays. Although the bags I use most often will work fine on this bike with no heal strike. They are Baggins bags from rivendale.
Like to see the pictures the compleat build. Thier web site shows alot of spacers on the front. Probably safe but ugly. The rest of the bike looks great though well thought out much like a Surly crosscheck.Like the color and all the braze-ons.
$501-$750 Think I'd pass on this one there are so many other bikes in this price range that are more than a bike path cruzer. I have to say somthing nice about it I like the internal geared hub. This bike is a fine example of what people think is comfort and buy and after a brief ride or two quit riding and use it for a clothes hanger. Save your money and buy a real road or mountain bike. Not a dumbed down version of a bike.
I ride to work everyday and there is another commuter that has one I see often. His is set up with I think an upside down three speed bar. Fixed gear about a 42x17 as our cadence is about the same. In the summer he rides with 23c and no fenders, winter it is transformed with fenders and 32c. The control he has in the winter fixed is better than my canti rim brakes. Think about that a bit. This is a very versitile and well thought out bike. If you have spare parts around could be built very cheaply. My boss had one built with a free wheel it was very light. Cool bike.
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I have about 6500 miles on mine mostly commuting miles. A few fun rides though I did a century ride on it last fall. It was my only bike at the time with fenders and it rained most of the day. I also have a front and rear rack mounted on it. The front is a little nashbar job that works great holds a six pack perfectly. The back is a blackburn a trunk works fine but the chain stay is a little short for panniers. My small front ones all the way back work fine. I also replaced the seat with my personal favorite and changed the bars too. Italia flyte gel and the bars are the on one midge's. And of course pedals. This is a very versitile bike and very low maintanance.
Got mine about a week ago. So far so good. Some say disks are overkill commuting. I bought this bike because of the disks. Stopping in the rain and snow are much better now. I am calling this bike the caddy. Like a caddy it is heavy, generaly driven by a more mature person, and comfortable over the long haul. The fenders are as good as my planet bike cascadias actually a little better. I am waiting for my front rack after I get it I will be able to balance my daily load and really compare it too my other bikes. It looks like without the fenders a really large tyre could fit in the front and the rear mabey a 45c. Later this summer I will probably try this out for camping and trail use.
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