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which sub $1500 race bike?(14 posts)

which sub $1500 race bike?chuck
Mar 22, 2001 2:49 PM
well, the trek 1000 i bought 8yrs ago has been a loyal companion, but i bought it in 8th grade and have outgrown it. i have 1500 max to spend, whats my best bet? i've been looking at c-dale, trek, lemond, and perhaps specialized.
are rolf wheels all they are cracked up to be? i'd like to hear how they climb.
thanks,

chuck
Fuji team at Colorado CyclistJ.S.
Mar 22, 2001 3:39 PM
If your gonna race, this bike is awesome, light(18.3 w/pedals), stiff, excellent parts pick, all for $1399.00
I second the motionHank
Mar 22, 2001 4:24 PM
that Fuji looks hard to beat.
Fuji team at Colorado Cyclist - its a dealpmf
Mar 23, 2001 4:51 AM
Nothing on this bike is junk. A friend of mine got one last year. He was riding a 20 year old 10-speed and didn't know much about road bikes. I went to a few shops with him and then suggested the Fuji. Compared to what we saw at bike shops, it was nicely speced. He was leery of mail ordering a bike and was worried that it would require too much work putting it together. I told him to have it sent to my house and I'd take care of it. Assembly took 5-10 minutes (not counting all the time spent cleaning up those damn styrofoam peanuts -- recycle them). The bike worked flawlessly right out of the box. Looked great and was really light.

The only extra you'll need to buy are some shoes for the clipless pedals.
re: which sub $1500 race bike?Rocket Boy
Mar 22, 2001 5:09 PM
Fuji!
re: which sub $1500 race bike?Frank
Mar 22, 2001 6:18 PM
Don't buy without looking at http://www.gvhbikes.com

Gary has a huge selection and great prices and service.
BUY USEDDavid
Mar 22, 2001 7:40 PM
For $1500, you can get a top of the line used bike that may be a year or two old, but otherwise in excellent shape. I once bought a 2000 Cannondale R4000 with CAAD4, and full 9spd Dura-Ace in NEW condition for 1600$ on these classifeids. At the time, a brand new R4000 at a LBS or mail order would have been at least $3000....
how about Mongoose Pro Ti?keith m.
Mar 23, 2001 2:18 PM
You could buy used but then you'd have no warranty. Another bike you might want to check out is the Mongoose pro Ti. Pretty cheap at Supergo.
If you live in So.Cal., you might want to considerLAIris
Mar 23, 2001 3:02 PM
the Klein Quantum Pro on sale at Supergo (in-store pick up only) for $1499.
re: which sub $1500 race bike?john de
Mar 23, 2001 9:44 PM
why not go used ...you seem to be content with things that arent shiney and new so take advantage of a great deal..you can get an awsome bike for that much money
re: which sub $1500 race bike?Den
Mar 24, 2001 4:53 AM
Chuck old buddy, keep your options open. If you get a chance, hop your butt on a "Giant TCR" roadie. www.giant-bicycle.com
You will be surprised!
Lightest alum. frame in the industry, team proven (ONCE), good components (lowest is 105), race ready out of the box (except for pedals).

The UCI actually banned the bike at first because it gave too much of an advantage (compact design) to the riders.

*Be absolutely sure you get the correct seat post height.*

The year 2000 model has better wheels, look for a left over.

Don't take my word for it, just try one.
Check out the reviews in this site.

Reply if you try one.
Den
I strongly second the Giant TCR (of course)nigel
Mar 24, 2001 3:49 PM
I have one of the 2000 Giant TCR2s, and it's a beautiful bike. The new (2001) model goes for $1,399, and is a super deal. (To reiterate, the 2000 bike has Open Pro rims--better than this years--but the bikes are very similar otherwise.) Efficient all-Shimano-105 componentry, with none of those no-name or "proprietary" hubs, stems, bottom brackets, or seatposts like other brand do--though the seatpost's theirs and is a splendid, attractive, and shock-absorbing aero carbon fiber piece of artistry with a great adjusting/clamp mechanism.

Race-ready out of the box, it's a STEAL for the price, AND THE BIKE IS L-I-G-H-T.

Check one out; GREAT value and a smooth, comfortable, and lively ride. Good fun.

Nige
re: which sub $1500 race bike?Rich
Mar 24, 2001 5:26 AM
I recently bought a Marin / San Marino and love it. It's all camp and super smooth.
re: which sub $1500 race bike?chuck
Mar 24, 2001 12:17 PM
thanks guys for all you help....
i think used is a good idea,
depends on my summer job...