Anyone got a Specialized Langster?

Maz

Legendary Member
I was thinking of getting one of these on the Cycle2Work scheme for my commute - 7 miles, generally flat, with a couple of mild hill stretches.

What's your experience of the Langster as a commuter? Good bike? How did you find the gear ratioing? Any problems on the hills?

Thanks
 

Vikeonabike

CC Neighbourhood Police Constable
No,



But I do have a Kona Paddy wagon and love it, Langster is not a lot different, new steel one looks lush... Get one I'm sure you won't be disappointed. However do consider some of the others on the market..
Kinesis Decade Convert......mmmmmmm
 

redddraggon

Blondie
Location
North Wales
I have a Langster, it's alright, won't take proper guards (easily) but it will take a rack.

Gearing is easily and cheaply changed, so if the stock gearing isn't to your like you could always change it.
 

BentMikey

Rider of Seolferwulf
Location
South London
I have an old style Langster, the 2006 with a track frame. It's OK, a slightly twitchy and harsh ride given the track geometry frame and straight alu forks. It'd be awesome over 7 miles, perfect for ducking and diving through traffic.
 
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Maz

Maz

Legendary Member
Thanks for the replies.

Does the Langster have some sort of switchable hub so it turns into a fixed gear, if you want it in that mode?
 

threebikesmcginty

Corn Fed Hick...
Location
...on the slake
Keep it single speed Maz - much more civilised.



*ducks*
 

threebikesmcginty

Corn Fed Hick...
Location
...on the slake
Keep it as a single speed bike, with a freewheel mechanism to allow coasting as opposed to a fixed gear which has no freewheel so the pedals are in motion when the bike is in motion, Maz - much more civilised. :ohmy:
 

dondare

Über Member
Location
London
It's more down to the wheel than the bike. I believe that a hub threaded on one-side for a single-fixed and on t'other for a single-free is called a "flip-flop" by afixionados.
 

Vikeonabike

CC Neighbourhood Police Constable
threebikesmcginty said:
Keep it as a single speed bike, with a freewheel mechanism to allow coasting as opposed to a fixed gear which has no freewheel so the pedals are in motion when the bike is in motion, Maz - be a wuss. :biggrin:
Fixed that for ya 3BMc :angry:
 

ftf

New Member
I had a Langster... until yesterday. Some little %@#$^'s stole it from outside SOHO gym in Waterloo.

It is (was) a great commuting bike - easy to ride, light like you wouldn't believe and visually a good looking bike as well. I would recommend it for sure.
 
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Maz

Maz

Legendary Member
ftf said:
I had a Langster... until yesterday. Some little %@#$^'s stole it from outside SOHO gym in Waterloo.

It is (was) a great commuting bike - easy to ride, light like you wouldn't believe and visually a good looking bike as well. I would recommend it for sure.
Sorry to hear that, mate. What a first post to start off on CycleChat with! Welcome aboard. :biggrin:
 
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