Flat bar Road bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by marcg868, 9 Nov 2018.

  1. marcg868

    marcg868 Active Member

    Looking at Purchasing a flat bar Road bike. Will be for quiet country road jaunts, ride to the pub and a small section of canal which is smooth tarmac for 5 mile. I have tried drop bars in the past and just didn't like them.
    It will be for casual road use as I'm a Mountain biker at heart.
    Seen two bikes I like the look of,
    Btwin Triban 520 flat bar
    Cube Road Sl
    Both are similar price wise but I do prefer discs on the Cube.
    Any other options?
  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    VFM you can't beat the Triban. Lifetime frame warranty too.
  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Try them out
  4. OP

    marcg868 Active Member

    Tried the 520 it's nice but the cube has discs, slightly nicer colour and matches my mtb a Cube Stereo 120 Race.
    I'm swaying more to the cube as it will take 35mm tyres.
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Sorted then :okay:

    Personally, I find btwin bikes rather dull aesthetically
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  6. A few company's do a flat bar road bike, the specialized sirrus and giant rapide spring to mind.
  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Whyte R7 range too, Merida, Trek etc etc
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  8. OP

    marcg868 Active Member

    They are Hybrids basically then? Boardman 8.6 Hyb any cop?
  9. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I'm a big fan of Boardman bikes (I've got two) and would say it's well worth a look. Generally you get a lot of bike for your money and they seem to score consistently well when tested.

    Halfords won't let you test ride one, but I'm sure that their sister company Cycle Republic will, if you have one of their stores nearby.
  10. OP

    marcg868 Active Member

    I would have another Cx/gravel drop bar bike. I did a have a Merida Cyclocross 300, great bike but I got the wrong size (too big) so felt a bit unsafe.
    I just couldn't afford one again.
    Looked at the Voodoo Limba also.
  11. Your original description 'Flat bar road bike' is more apt Hybrid's cover them and heavier mtb orientated bikes.
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  12. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Any bike that wasn't designed specifically for MTB or track racing is, by definition, a "road bike" of some type! They are primarily designed to be ridden on roads. The term "hybrid" is, to a degree, a triumph of marketing over substance. Consider what a hybrid essentially is; namely a flat-bar derailleur geared bike that typically has triple chainring and similar gearing to a touring bike together with decent tyre clearances. Apart from possibly having a little more BB height and tyre clearances they aren't that much different from any other non-racing flat bar bike!
  13. OP

    marcg868 Active Member

    I'm really hankering after the cube, Boardman hybrid or the cheap drop bar alternative the voodoo limba.
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    As above try them out. If you really want the Cube what’s stopping you getting it?!

    I’ve gof an older Boardman CX, it’s ok but pretty heavy compared to my Genesis which is my go to. I had to upgrade the disc brakes on the CX as the BB5s were awful and it has a pressfit BB which can creak

    I had 2 Whyte R7s, Cambridge and Portobello and would buy again if was in flat bar market although
    I’m not sure they have double chainsets these days and I’ve never tried a 1x11
    Last edited: 10 Nov 2018
  15. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Have you seen the new Ribble Urban/ Adventure range?
    tom73 likes this.
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