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New frame or new bike?...(5 posts)

New frame or new bike?...Casual Rider
Jan 12, 2002 7:07 PM
I have a 15 or so yr old Cannondale with DuraAce 8 sp and 700c tubulars. I love the components but the frame has always been too stiff. The components are still fairly good. I ride with a group once a week during the season more for enjoyment and exercise.
I'm budgeting about$600-$700 to upgrade to a steel bike. The question is, should I transfer my components onto a new frame or just get a new bike.
more money, new bike...C-40
Jan 13, 2002 6:18 AM
Your budget will only purchase an entry level steel frame & fork these days. An entry level shimano 105 bike kit costs an additional $800. has Gios Megalite steel frames on sale in your price range. also carries some basic steel frames in this price range.

I would check the gvh site. GVH has some good deals on entry level bikes. I would warn against the idea of swapping your old Cannondale parts onto a new frame. Some of the parts may not fit (front derailleur, bottom bracket). Other parts may have enough wear to warrant replacement. Unless you have the tools and ability to build the bike, the cost of labor to remove, clean, replace and reinstall the parts could be nearly as high as purchasing a new bike. When you're done, you would still have an outdated setup.
Entry level?dzrider
Jan 14, 2002 7:31 AM
The lower priced steel bikes available from GVH are far better than entry level. He has plenty of frames that sell for a lot less than $800 that can be built up with a good gruppo make wonderful bikes for anybody without a weight obsession.

I'll agree about the components. IMHO keep the ones you got on the bike you got and get a build kit that fits in your budget. A frame that's too stiff isn't that much trouble for a short ride and it's real nice to have a bike you can ride in bad weather.
re: New frame or new bike?...DaveL
Jan 13, 2002 6:43 AM
I can recommend the Gios highly. I sprung for a Megalite frame a while back and it turned into a very good bike. triple [racing t] comes in at 20 lbs., so the frame is not really 'mega' light, 4.2 lbs stated weight, but it sure rides good over the farm to market roads here in Texas...very smooth ride. There's a 'blow-out' sale on them right now at Excel Sports. I hear the steel fork is good, but if you want to save a little weight go with the carbon - it looks cool, too. Good paint job as well.
frame onlylaffeaux
Jan 14, 2002 4:12 PM
I would spend the money on a new frame and keep your old components (especially since you like them). Remember however that there will be some parts which will not transfer over: seatpost, front der., stem (?), bb (?).

I had an entry level bike and recently upgraded the frame. I now have a nice frame with crappy components, but it rides 100% better than the old bike. I can live with the components for now, and I'm happy.