I prefer the Fuji, no particular reason just a personal opinion.
I actually agree with the first part. I'd rather own a BD bike than a Scat-bike or a Fuji (which IS a BD bike, but more expensive).You can go to Bikes Direct and get two slightly better choices for less money, like the Schwinn Le Tour Sport, or the GTR Series 4, both are $599.95 including shipping. But of the two your looking at, I would be probably inclined to go with the Fuji even though it's only a 7 speed rear. I wouldn't trust my arse on any bike equipped with a cheap generic Chinese made carbon fork but that's just me!
A070 is the new Shimano Tourney 7 speed road group. Basically, black 2300-ish STIs with cheapie derailleurs and a cheapie crank. It works fine, for a cheap group. The STIs are $120, the crank is $50, the derailleurs are around $40 total for both.There is a lot of confusion in this thread.
The Scat bike is $500, the Fuji $580.
The Scat has Shimano 2303 8-speed components. That is the level below Sora.
The Fuji has Shimano A070 7-speed components that I've never heard of before. Must be new, or really old.
My new bike came with aux brake levers and I really like them because I'm never far from the brakes. They're great when I'm riding on the tops in traffic in the city. They only add 94g.
It doesn't hurt for a new guy to have triple chainrings.
Aux brake levers are a great idea in the city because you can sit upright and still get to the brakes instantly.
Most alloy forks are stiffer than any other; steel, carbon or Ti. The one I had years ago would rattle my teeth, I hated it.
I would trust the Scat carbon fork because it is a brand name with a warranty, just like I'd trust a big 3 entry-level carbon fork.
A lot of people here like to give opinion without any facts or data or reasoning to back it up. I try not to do that.
So every single person in the world who has those cross levers is a noob and doesn't know how to handle a bike?? Just that one thing and all our years of experience riding goes out the window? OK, I guess you set us straight there!Cross-top brake levers are the work of Satan. I assume that anyone who has them on their bike is to be avoided on the road, as they are probably a n00b and don't know how to handle a bike. They make the primary brakes feel like crap after a while, unless you replace the brake cables every 6 months to a year.