Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

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Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby allen-uk » Wed Dec 11, 2013 16:27 pm

I want to build a strong hybrid bike, and have been advised that a Surly frame, and Halo rims, would suit.

I am sure the advice is good, but the prices are (to me) very high.

Are there any equivalent brands, not quite so good possibly, that are kinder to the pocket?

Thanks.


Allen.

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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby thecycleclinic » Wed Dec 11, 2013 20:25 pm

Your requirment are what exactly? Touring, racing, club runs.... Halo rims are rebadged Kinlin's mostly. Lot of good sturdy rim out there try talking to a good bike shop/wheelbuilder if you are going the custom route. I can think of many tough road frames but I have nothing to go one to suggest anything more.
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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby allen-uk » Thu Dec 12, 2013 09:33 am

Rough north west London roads - i.e. NOT bowling along merrily on nice smooth tarmac, but rattling along over potholes, cracked concrete, etc. Plus some minor off-road - park paths, gravel, grass sometimes. Very heavy rider as well.

Not for racing, more for getting from A to B safely, fairly quickly. Heavy on brakes and spokes (past experience) so thinking of hydraulic discs and more rather than less spokes.

Hope this helps your thinking.

A

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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby iPete » Thu Dec 12, 2013 09:49 am

Genesis day one disk?

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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby maddog 2 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:06 am

any decent steel 700c bike will do - Genesis, On One, Kona, Cotic, there are plenty.
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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby Monty Dog » Thu Dec 12, 2013 18:53 pm

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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby thecycleclinic » Thu Dec 12, 2013 19:57 pm

The roads everywhere are cracked and holed. A steel bike is fine but so would one made of aluminium or carbon fibre. I think however look for a bike with a long headtube - i.e a audax/light touring bikes these generally are comfortable and have clearance for wider tyres. You could try a CX bike, Tifosi CK7, Tifosi CK5 (steel) Genesis equilibrium Genesis Croix der Fer... All these are comfortable bikes on todays roads and with the right tyres will handle a bit of rough (the CDF will handle more than a bit rough).
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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby Monty Dog » Fri Dec 13, 2013 08:13 am

Halo Aerorage rims are pretty bomb-proof IME and at £25/rim pretty cheap too. Don't let anyone talk you into skinnier tyres, the fatter the better for comfort, grip and durability.
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Re: Surly & Halo - any cheaper alternatives?

Postby allen-uk » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:11 am

Thanks for the comments - it gives me plenty of ideas.

A


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