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new hybrid - cyclescheme - ridgeback

mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
edited April 2010 in Commuting chat
folks

looking for your advice

currently doing a 28 mile round trip commute to work on mtb with slicks, mixture of tarmac trail, light dirt trail and road

work is statring the cyle to work with cyclescheme

thinking of updating to a hybrid, lbs has recommended a ridgeback, with the flight series being the most expensive

http://www.irvinecycles.co.uk/acatalog/flight.html

not sure what model to go for??????? dont mind spending £600 ish

or any other recommendations you have would be appreciated

thanks

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  • WesternWayWesternWay Posts: 564
    I ride in on a Ridgeback Flight T1, which they no longer make. I have been very pleased with it.
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    I was looking at the 01 or 02, as I couldn't justify the next jump in pricing just for what appears to be disk brakes.

    However the 04 does have hub gears but it's still too much mony for a hybrind IMHO.
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    much differnce between 01 & o2?

    Ridgeback Flight 02 2010
    Online Price inc uk delivery: £649.99 •Frame - 6061 Heat treated Aluminium
    •Fork - Carbon
    •Shimano - 27 speed

    •FRAME: 6061 Double Butted Heat treated Aluminium
    •FORK: Carbon
    •SHIFTERS: Shimano SL-R440
    •REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Tiagra GS
    •FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano FD-R453
    •CHAINSET: Shimano Sora 50cm/39/30
    •HUBS: Shimano RM60
    •RIMS: Alex R450cm 32 hole w/CNC sidewall
    •TYRES: Continental Contact 700 x 28C
    •BRAKES: Tektro RX3 Mini-V
    •HANDLEBAR: 6061 Aluminium 540 mm
    •STEM: Alloy Ahead SL
    •SADDLE: Ozone SL
    •SEATPOST: SL Aluminium 27.2 mm
    •PEDALS: Road w/clips & straps


    Ridgeback Flight 01 2010
    Online Price inc uk delivery: £499.99 •Frame - 6061 Heat treated Aluminium
    •Fork - Carbon
    •Shimano - 24 speed

    •FRAME: 6061 Heat treated Aluminium
    •FORK: Carbon
    •SHIFTERS: Shimano ST-R225
    •REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Sora GS
    •FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano FD-443A
    •CHAINSET: Sugino XD 2000 52/42/30
    •HUBS: Shimano RM30
    •RIMS: Alex R450cm 32 hole w/CNC sidewall
    •TYRES: Continental Contact 700 x 28C
    •BRAKES: Tektro RX1 Mini-V
    •HANDLEBAR: 6061 Aluminium 540 mm
    •STEM: Alloy Ahead SL
    •SADDLE: Ozone SL
    •SEATPOST: SL Aluminium 27.2 mm
    •PEDALS: Nylon street with mini clips
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    If you look at the wheel hubs, chainset, front and rear mechs then yes there is a bigger difference than between the 02 & 03.

    Even then I thought them both expensive, so I bought a cyclocross instead.

    Now just hunting for a frame to build a bike up using the hybrid components and possibly a new set of wheels.
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    thanks for the reply mate, i agree wont be going for the 03, but i meant between 01 & 02
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    sorry mate, misread your post, thanks for the reply

    its between a 02 and an 03!!!!!

    decisions!!!!
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    for me 02 if money's no object and you want disks then 03 but then I'd be a little worried as the disks will make it stand out and be more attractive to the tealeafs.
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    its on the c2w scheme so ill prob go for the 02, only works out about £350
  • I had a Ridgeback (2003 Velocity) and it was a great bike. Well built and reliable. Enjoy
    Pain is only weakness leaving the body
  • SimonLyonsSimonLyons Posts: 203
    My commute roundtrip is 35-40miles roundtrip.

    First c2w scheme the company I work for I chose a Ridgeback hybrid. At the time I was pleased with it but...

    3 years later - next cyclescheme I chose a road bike which could take mud guards and a rack. If I had chosen a road bike the first time round I wouldn't have bothered with the scheme the 2nd time.
    Its far less tiring to ride than the hybrid - lots more positions for your hands.

    Ridgeback Flight will be a good bike but if I were you I would look at road bikes - quite like the look of the Ridgeback road bikes actually.
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    Could always fit drops to the Flight but then you could also get hold of the Ribble audax for less money with better components.
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    i fancy the idea of a road bike, but most of my commute is on a cycle path
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    A lot of my commute has a cycle path by the side, doesn't mean you have to use it !
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    i much prefer the cyle path
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    Each to their own: nasty bumpy things in my experience, also have a tendency to have pedestrians on them
  • SimonLyonsSimonLyons Posts: 203
    I have a road bike and I use bikepaths and tracks - basically go anywhere.
    Where the tracks are really bad then you just go slower than if you are on a mtb but then you make up for that on the fast stretches.
  • El DiegoEl Diego Posts: 440
    Good call on the Ribble or get a Cyclocross!
  • mcowan77mcowan77 Posts: 560
    is it really worth it spending £600 on a hybrid

    would this be suffice for a 26 mile commute?

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec016929
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