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Need help selecting bikeflying finn
Mar 8, 2003 12:50 PM
I'm an old fart "51" who needs help selecting a bike. I used to mostly run for exercise (haalf marathons)but was hit by a car on the freeway while fighting a car fire, I'm a volunteer fire fighter. My ankle is wrecked so my running days are done. I can ride a bike however and everything tells me a cyclocross is the way to go. I used to ride a Trek 950 through the woods but know am looking more for something for all road conditions, some fire trails, mostly fittness. I've looked at the Kona (Jake the Snake) but know nothing about components. I'm 5' 10" inseam 31 wt 170. The local dealer told me a 54" would fit me fine. Any help with comparable bikes choices to the Kona, sizing, component selection etc will help Thanks
Some other choicestxcross
Mar 10, 2003 9:03 AM
In roughly the same price range you have the following

Jamis Nova Steel frame, Tiagra
K2 Enemy Aluminum frame, 105 and truvativ
Redline Conquest Aluminum frame, tiagra
Surly CrossCheck Steel frame, Tiagra
LeMond Poprad Steel frame, Sora
Trek XO1 Aluminum frame, Sora

To get an idea on the component go to www.shimano.com

From a components standpoint I think your best deal is the K2 enemy. From a frame standpoint I think the Lemond is the best deal.

Overall I like the Jamis Nova, I have the 2001 model and have been extreamly happy. I am also 5'10", 170 and 31 inch inseam and this bike fit me the best (53cm frame).

The most important thing is fit, you can have the most expensive, best frame, components, etc... and will hate it if you aren't comfortable riding.

Good luck, and enjoy the new ride whatever you choose.
re:Some other choicessnwbdrhoon
Mar 11, 2003 2:23 PM
I have an older XO-1 and it's great.

But I will say that the k2 Enemy is a sweet bike...

Sora sucks. It's worth it to have Tiagra or 105.