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Road bike for a Downhiller(4 posts)

Road bike for a Downhillerstone35
Mar 25, 2001 1:20 PM
I ride mountainbikes, mostly downhill and freeride. I'm looking to get into Road biking mostly as a means of exercise (I'm a college athlete) but hopefully it will turn into a hobby as well. I need a good bike with good components because I just like to have good stuff, eventhough I'm sure it will be more bike than I actually need. I would appreciate any help I can get. I know nothing, including what size bike i would need (I'm 6'2 175lbs.)

Thank you,
Steve
re: Road bike for a Downhillerstone35
Mar 25, 2001 1:25 PM
oh yeah i forgot to say that i can't spend much more than $1000 and would like something used so i get the most bang for my buck
Foe? Turner? Intense? GT?cyclopathic
Mar 25, 2001 3:00 PM
no all those are downhill bikes, duh!

Honestly you are looking for at least 105 level components, maybe Ultegra. DuraAce is overkill, unless you've got sugar mommy to pay for or taking road very very seriously. Steel/Ti have better ride then Al, but even then Al frame with carbon fork/seatpost would do the trick. Carbon frames are xxpencive! Weightwise ~20lbs or less.

consider used /check market place/.

Expect to pay ~700$+ for used, 1100-1500$ for new. Check bike reviews.

Colorado Cyclist has detailed fitting instructions. The only exception to those instructions I am aware of would be Giant TCR.
Same boat last summer.TNC
Mar 25, 2001 3:55 PM
I went with a Specialized Allez Comp. The Allez Sport is in the price range you mentioned, and it's a very good bike with 105 (I believe) components. Specialized gives alot of value for the money. I'm 6' and ride a 56cm bike. You'd probably fit something from a 58-62 cm bike--try 'em to insure a good fit. Buying used can be a great deal if you find the right bike and right price. Road riding will help your MTB'ing. I ride an SC Bullit and a 6" travel FSR w/MRP kit. The road riding has really helped my fitness and stamina.