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road bike for mtbike raceryammi
Mar 16, 2002 8:05 PM
i'm considering buying a road bike to use instead of my mtbike while i do road work.i plan to spend between $1300-$2000.as i talk to different dealers its diificult getting a neutral opinion on what to buy. my choice is going with mass produced american products (trek etc.) or going for a lower end european bike. i'm being led to believe the low end euro bike would be a better choice then the mid to higher price domestic. whats your experience with this. i'm leaning towards carrera or colnago.
re: road bike for mtbike racerweiwentg
Mar 16, 2002 8:27 PM
get a Giant TCR!!!! my mountain biker friend did...
now. yes, the Europeans make good bikes. but why the hell do you consider Colnago to be a 'low end' bike????
imho, you would be perfectly satisfied with a 'mass produced American' bike, so long as the fit's good. Giants, for example are a hell of a lot of bike for the money. after considering the markup on European frames due to import duties/whatever, you'll get more for your buck buying an American bike. unless you get used.
go to gvhbikes.com. alot of bike for the $!!(nm)merckx56
Mar 17, 2002 1:40 PM
Who told you about Colnago?Qubeley
Mar 17, 2002 3:07 PM
Do you really think you can buy a Colnago for $2000&under? Whoever msde suggestion is looking at your wallet. You don't need a high-end bike for "doing road work". There are plenty great domestic model you can buy, Specialized Allez, Trek 2200/2300, Giant TCR 2/TCR 3, Cannondale R2000/3000, just to name a few. Good luck!
Domestic?jaredhartman
Mar 17, 2002 4:48 PM
Are Specialized and Giant bikes made in America. I always thought Specialized was Japanese with Giants being made in Taiwan. I think by domestic people are meaning cheap. Anyway, k2 also has some nicely equiped road bikes for not too much money. I don't know about the quality of the frames, and they have compact geometry, which could be a turnoff. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where k2 bikes are made and what kind of warranty they have?
re: road bike for mtbike racerschills
Mar 17, 2002 7:46 PM
Check out Motobecan. Even their higher end bikes are well priced. Specifically, the Team Champion model which is full Dura-Ace and is listed at $1750.
re: road bike for mtbike racermwood
Mar 18, 2002 5:43 PM
I think more than the European vs. US vs. Far East (which seems to be the source of 90% of "US" frames), you have to figure out what you want to do with the bike. This will dictate the frame material and geometry, as well as the components used.
For example, you could get a light, aluminum bike and go fast and beat the heck out of yourself on longer rides or you could sacrifice a couple of pounds and buy a nice, smooth 853 frame bike with laid back geometry for the same price, but give up ultimate speed.
As far as build group goes, you can get a nice frame with a life time warranty w/ Ultegra in this range, no problem. If you want to go Dura Ace, you will either buy a lesser known frame or give up the warranty. Same considerations with Campy gruppos.
You have to really give some consideration to what your needs are, rather than start with specific brands or models.
here's an idea...k mand
Mar 20, 2002 10:03 AM
I had the same delemna a couple of years ago, now I spend more time on the road. Throwing slicks on your race bike won't cut it. You don't want to blow your wad on a training ride but you expect some performance as well.

I bought used for my first one. The "American" bikes you mentioned are made overseas, and that's not a bad thing. Are you familiar with Dean (deanusa.com)? They have reynolds 853 frames on special for $500 depending on your size! Add a Shimano 105 kit for $775 with wheels then $200 for a carbon fork and you'll have a really nice road bike. You'll be hard pressed to find something similiar for $1500. Also, the Giant (aluminum) OCR1 has alot of bang for the buck under $2000. The Colnagos I've seen minimum are $1100 for the frame. A word of caution, getting your fit dialed in for road riding is the most critical decision you can make.