Does the " All Rounder" exist?

by twosparetubes   February 27, 2013  

Does the "all rounder" exist?
Looking for a bike suitable for commuting, touring with racks & panniers etc some lightish off road and that won't look out of place on sportives too. Does this bike actually exist? If so what do you recommend? Thinking on the lines of specialised tricross. Any good?

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Genesis Croix de Fer will quite happily do all of the above and more.

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posted by FatDadOnABike [13 posts]
27th February 2013 - 13:49


Also All-City Macho Man!

posted by rogan [2 posts]
27th February 2013 - 14:16


Disc brakes can be problematic for touring reducing the number of suitable racks to choose from.

Perhaps a Surly Cross-Check?

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posted by netclectic [127 posts]
27th February 2013 - 14:25


My wife has a Specialized tricross sport which has a carrier on the back for commuting but also serves well for longer rides up and down in the Peak District so would say definitely worth a look.

posted by Skibish [74 posts]
27th February 2013 - 14:36


FatDadOnABike wrote:
Genesis Croix de Fer will quite happily do all of the above and more.

That would be my choice too.

posted by Super Domestique [1680 posts]
27th February 2013 - 14:50


I have a Specialized tricross comp, does everything from fast rides to a long audax, can't recommend highly enough

posted by Pickypong [55 posts]
27th February 2013 - 14:51


A Boardman Cross? I bought mine (a Boardman CX Pro 2011) after working on a Specialized Tricross whilst doing my cycle maintenance course, and not liking the inerts in the forks. My Boardman has served as a commuter here in Rome ( think you have potholes in the UK?), did the Gran Fondo do Roma on it, full day jaunts on it in Lazio and Umbria, including Strada Bianca. yet to tour on it, but have mounted rear rack on it with no problems.

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posted by niceguysean [108 posts]
27th February 2013 - 15:27


The Condor Fratello was made for exactly the purpose you describe. Mine has a rack and panniers on the rear and does 150-200 miles a week of commuting plus winter rides and sportives with the rack removed. I've ridden on some horrible Sustrans paths with it and intend to do the Rapha Hell of the North on it in a few weeks time. It's a really great bike.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [345 posts]
27th February 2013 - 18:12


No, the 'all rounder' doesn't really exist - you'll have to compromise somewhere. Get a sportive type bike that could take wider tyres and rack if speed is the priority, get a tourer if touring is the priority! I don't think a cyclocross bike is it either, since you didn't mention that in your post..

posted by 700c [660 posts]
27th February 2013 - 19:02


My Ridgeback world voyage serves me well for all that. Obviously the panama if you're feeling flush.

Confy and hard wearing, 6000 miles with 2 broken spokes being only failure, both with massively overloaded rear panniers.

posted by African_swallows [14 posts]
27th February 2013 - 22:08


On One Dirty Disco?

That guy went round the world on one...

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
27th February 2013 - 22:26


I have a Thorn Audax Mk3 with rear rack and mudguards. It is sturdy and comfortable (steel frame/fork), without being too heavy. I use it for commuting, light-medium touring, recreational riding, sportives and it copes with some fairly rough surfaces. A perfect compromise IMO!


posted by andrewduffy [13 posts]
28th February 2013 - 1:23


I have been using a base model Specialized Tricross through the winter, with the 'dodgy' carbon fork (mine is fine)and have come to respect it for its comfort and rideability; only a couple of kph slower than my Giant Defy 2 on 1 hour plus rides; ideal for things like round the Isle of Wight and mixed terrain Sportives I would think

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posted by Forester [108 posts]
28th February 2013 - 8:21


A single-wheel trailer could allow a bike that is suitable for all your needs except touring to perform that duty too. It can be unhitched while on tour, giving you a lightweight bike to go on off-road or climbing detours. Or you could use it at home to do the weekly shop. And most hitch up to a mount point integrated into, or held in place by, the rear wheel quick release, so don't interfere with disc brakes (although hub brakes could be a problem.)

It is a sizeable extra expense, especially since Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op seem to have stopped selling their cheap BOB-a-like. Perhaps the cheapest option, if you already have a spare wheel and pannier bags, is the Extrawheel, which probably also puts the least strain on a road bike's lightly-built rear wheel.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
28th February 2013 - 8:43


Thanks for all the advice guys. Like the look of the Croix de Fer and the Tricross. Condor looks great but out of my budget ! Ok then. Genesis or Specalized?

posted by twosparetubes [18 posts]
1st March 2013 - 19:21


Condor. My friend bought his in 1993, it still runs perfectly. If you spend the extra money wisely it's an excellent investment. Remember that you'll get a fitting from a professional when you buy the bike and your choice a of components so no need to retro fit a stem, saddle, other contact points or wheels after you've made the purchase.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [345 posts]
2nd March 2013 - 0:52


Must say i'm pretty happy with my Croix de fee. Last year I cycled to paris and toured 7 days in Devon and Cornwall, rode a few charity rides, and rode to work almost every day for the whole year and did the Rapha superross on it.

I do feel the weight a little after now buying a nice lightweight road bike but with a brooks b17 on it its like sitting on a cloud, but still with a turn of pace when needed.

Had to replace the rear hub but got a hope evo pro now for trouble re running.

Truly a swiss army bike

posted by Nzlucas [119 posts]
2nd March 2013 - 8:32