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  1. #1
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    Question Any Feedback/Opinions on Rove Women's Bike?

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to the forum and am about to buy a bike - haven't ridden in a while, but am in fairly good shape from other exercise.

    Can anyone give me feedback on the Rove? Not the Rove 2, but the top-of-the-line Rove?

    It's designed for a woman, so I think that's good since I am smallish (5'5" - 125 lbs).

    It's a crossover that can also do trails, which I want (will not be doing any serious trails - just the occasional change in terrain to a packed mud road with a bit of gravel). And, it's supposed to be good at climbing hills, which is important for where I live.

    The cost is $980, which I can swing.

    Thanks,
    BKinCO

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    It looks like a very reasonable bike for that price. It is still more of a mountain bike than what I would consider a multi-surface bike. If you are only packed dirt with a bit of gravel, the front end suspension may be overkill and you might be able to get another bike in a similar price range that is more like a cyclocross bike. It would be lighter and faster and can handle gravel just fine. For example this bike which is just slightly more expensive and is also a WSD bike.
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    Hi Wahine,

    I actually considered the Invite but decided I really need the flat bar rather than the drop. I feel pretty comfortable that I made the right decision. Down the road, I'd like to possibly get a road bike, but since I'm just getting into it all, I think the flat bar will make me more secure.

    Really appreciate your posting, though. It's kind of amazing that people will essentially give their time away to help others find the right bike. Great, supportive place. So impressed at everyone's thoughtfulness and feedback. Hope I can do it for someone else "down the road" when I become more knowledgeable.

    BKinCO

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    You could still go with more of a cyclocross type bike, use 35 mm wide tires and a flat bar. It's not that unusual for a people to ride flat bar cyclocross bikes. Or I would consider a bike like the Rove but with a rigid fork, instead of a suspension fork. Suspension forks are heavy and require maintenance. With the kind of riding you're planning on doing, it's not really necessary. Though to be honest it might be nearly impossible to find a mountain bike type set-up with a rigid fork.

    Though I loathe to recommend Specialized (for business ethics reasons), have you considered something like this?
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    Here's Giant's similar model.

    It certainly comes with a hill climbing friendly gearing set up.
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    Flatbar rigid fork mountain bike:

    http://surlybikes.com/bikes/troll

    And the way the flat bar angles back towards the rider is, IMO, the most comfortable setup available. Very ergonomic and easy to reach.

    Ah, and you have a local dealer:

    http://surlybikes.com/index.php/dealers/region/CO

    I admit, I lust after this purple Troll. And it can be set up to do anything. A real workhorse adventure bike. But won't be sluggish on pavement, whereas a suspension fork may be.

    And any Surly bike is drool worthy. They are so much better looking in person, too.

    Wahine knows what she is talking about with mountain bikes, (well, with all this stuff, really).
    Last edited by Muirenn; 04-03-2014 at 05:37 PM.
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    That Surly would be a great option.

    And thank you for the compliment. It's very nice to feel appreciated.
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    Does it make a difference that the suspension fork on the Rove can be turned off when on the road?

    The plush suspension fork can be locked out for smooth pavement or flipped open for off-road excursions.


    Thanks for your help!
    BKinCO
    Last edited by BKinCO; 04-04-2014 at 04:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKinCO View Post
    Does it make a difference that the suspension fork on the Rove can be turned off when on the road?

    The plush suspension fork can be locked out for smooth pavement or flipped open for off-road excursions.


    Thanks for your help!
    BKinCO
    It might make a difference, but quite frankly, I never felt the need to lock out my suspension fork when on the road. You can NEVER go wrong with Surly

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    I know what you mean about bike shops, but it is important to get the bike that suits your riding. The Rove is a mountain bike, and the riding you describe is not.

    It is true forks can be locked out. But the geometry and handling and setup of the mb are really made to play in the mud. The bikes Wahine and I linked to are incredibly versatile and handle well on pavement, too. Mountain bikes tend to feel bulky. (And a traditional hybrid tends to feel a little delicate). The Surly Troll I linked to has 26" wheels, so is nimble and good for someone of your height, has rack mounts and fender mounts, has disc brakes, which have better stopping power, especially if you are on wet pavement or fully loaded, allows you to switch the rigid fork for a suspension fork if you ever decide to get into real mountain biking, and will feel light and nimble overall. Plus, it's a steel frameset, which has an overall smoothness and comfort that is very desireable. You can set it up for mountain biking, touring, commuting, just light playing around, whatever. And it will still be very different from any future road bike you buy. (Okay, okay, I love Surly, especially the Troll!!!).

    Obviously you like the Rove, we're just saying to check out some different types of bikes to see if you happen to fall in love with something more suitable to what you want to do. Every bike feels so different, you really can't tell until you try. Even if that shop has no Trolls in stock, you should be able to see the Surly line-up and get an understanding of the very different philosophy of riding they offer.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 04-04-2014 at 01:01 PM.
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    What Murienn said. Plus, locking out the suspension takes care of the suspension absorbing some of your effort that should go into forward movement, but it's still heavy and it still needs regular maintenance which can be $100 or more dollars and is recommended every year. I stretch mine out to every 2 years but I like to live on the edge.
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    Thumbs up Soon to be the proud owner of a SURLY TROLL

    Wahine, a Specialized wasn't an option for me here.

    I listened carefully to you, Muirenn and others who were kind enough to post, and I ordered the Troll. The bike shop that carries them here turned out to be fantastic, and I feel ecstatic about my purchase.

    THANKS for all the specific technical advice and educating me about the heaviness of the suspension and fact that the Giant was more of a mountain bike, which wasn't what I needed. I learned from the SURLY shop owner more about what you were saying -- how versatile the Troll is, and that's amazing. Makes me feel like I made the right choice because I know I can change out a few things if I want to lean more toward mountain or street somewhere "down the road." Fantastic bike from what I can tell. I'm so excited!

    SO, the bike comes in next week, and I should be on my first ride next Friday - oh, and just as an added perk, it's the groovy eggplant color which I LOVE - as one of you girls said - drool worthy.

    Woohoo.......so relieved to be on my way to a new life of riding with a wonderful bike........YAY.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU EVERYONE.......FOR TAKING THE TIME AND GIVING ME KNOWLEDGE THAT I NEEDED!!

    YOUR NEWEST NEWBIE BUDDY,

    BKINCO

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    I'm trying to understand this thread. Why didn't the original poster give a link to the bike model? Was this a troll start.. or?
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    Ok never mind. But etiquette in this forum should be for new participants, is to post the bike pic.
    Later I'm not going to do extra research. (Seriously.)
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    Yay!!! I'm so glad you chose the Troll. You'll be very happy with it I'm sure. Looking forward to seeing photos of the new bike when you get it up and running.
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