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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    There's a couple of forum folks that have Jamis Renegades all of whom are super happy with them. Komorebi has one with sweet fenders that makes me jealous.
    I love my Renegade. Versatile enough for just about anything (mine has been through through snow, sleet, rain, gravel, dirt, and mud), almost as fast as my road bike, plenty of clearance for fenders and wider tires, and an all-around comfortable ride.

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    The Volagi Viaje makes a great adventure bike. They were the first road bike with room for wide tires and fenders and disc brakes. I never miss a chance to plug their bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    The Volagi Viaje makes a great adventure bike. They were the first road bike with room for wide tires and fenders and disc brakes. I never miss a chance to plug their bikes.
    No one buys Viajes anymore. They're too popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmj7gh View Post
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    I'll be in the market for a gravel/touring/adventure bike soon. I also want something that won't be too out of place in an occasional fun 'cross race, and I'd like the experience of building a bike from a frame. ...
    Unfortunately, I'm 5'11", so probably a bit too tall for the 54 =(
    I have almost settled on building up a ti "adventure bike" with couplers (travel frame), which will replace my commuter so l am probably going to sell my Habanero 'Cross frame in a couple/few months. It's a 59cm, so maybe too large, though (?)


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    Personally, for a steel frame and in your price, the Fuji Touring with a good set of Vittoria Voyager Hyper 35MM tires fitted and at propper pressure is by far your best choice. And you have to consider the savings of $50 or more for the rack... The stock rubber on it will give a ride impression of a mediocre bike when you test ride it so keep that in mind.

    Good luck!

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    Salsa Warbirds

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Salsa Warbirds
    Yes. ALL the Warbirds.
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    Also works well for cyclocross (however, if I were going to race this full time for cross instead of full time for gravel -which is what I bought it for- I would change the gearing):
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    And... Also works well for Team 10 beer rides:
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    I test rode the mid range Sequoia a while back and really really liked it, and right now it's #1 on my list for my next bike. I'd recommend giving one a spin if you have a chance. It felt more nimble and faster than my aluminum Scott hybrid (sub30) even though it is steel and has bigger tires, so obviously the ride was smoother too. It was a superior feel to the Trek Crossrip, Scott Sub10, and Marin Muirwood which I've ridden too, but those are just a few more unfair comparisons really. More comparable would be the Spot Wazee that I tried but was a little scared off of by the salesman cause he kept talking about things that needed to be upgraded on it (brakes, wheels) which seems silly to me for a $2200 commuter. I'm waiting for a 2017 BadBoy to show up in the shop around the corner from me.

    I've got to try out a few more bikes though because my test riding experience is very limited. There aren't any Salsa vendors close enough to me for my taste, which is too bad. I guess I should try a Renegade but I'd feel like I was cramping Komorebi's style.
    JJ - when you test ride some of those models you posted, I'd like to hear your impressions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    No one buys Viajes anymore. They're too popular.
    Oh hush, just you wait and see what I've got in store. Until then this can hold us over:

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    I don't think you can go wrong with any of the bikes mentioned.

    For my taste, the Kona Rove ST and the Soma Wolverine (in XO-1 orange) look terrific, especially for tire clearance. The matte black Sequoia is too hormonal for my taste, but the 2x9 drivetrain is practical. I'm baffled by the Sequoia's seat tube angle ... 75.5 degrees for the 52cm frame? Too-steep seat tubes are a fact of life for shorter folks shopping for production bikes, but I must be missing something else.

    On a sidenote, I wouldn't leave any of the bikes mentioned here locked up on the street or at a Metro station for very long, regardless of lock quality. Especially if it has disc brakes, which say "this is an expensive bike" to would-be thieves.

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