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Need Help on New Bike Search(6 posts)

Need Help on New Bike SearchDave S.
May 21, 2001 3:36 PM
I'm in the process of looking for a high end road bike for regional (NM, AZ, CO) racing and centuries. I've been riding a Bianchi Eros (61 cm) for 3 years and it is simply too heavy to be competitive on hill climbing. I've test rode both the Trek 5200 and Trek 5900 carbon bikes. I liked them both, but especially the 5900. Unfortunately, I was test riding a 58 in the latter so I would have to order my size. I've had trouble finding high end bikes in my size (60-61 cm) to test ride, but I am also interested in the Merlin Extralight and Klein Quantum Pro. I've seen few comparisons between these bikes. My goals are lightweight yet stiff for hill climbing and reasonably comfortable for the long rides. I'm a very thin (145 lbs) moderately tall (6'2") rider. Any suggestions?
re: Need Help on New Bike SearchWheelie
May 21, 2001 4:06 PM
Thought about a Cannondale? The caad 4,5,+6 frames are light, stiff and have a very comfortable ride. May be what your looking for- at least worth a test ride.
re: Need Help on New Bike Searchxxx
May 21, 2001 5:44 PM
I will never try to fit someone over the net, but you're 6'2" and you're riding a 61? If your of normal proportions, that sounds like way too big a frame for you (unless you're on Fuzzy's program). That Merlin will be flexy in that size, I'd look at the standard model, screw the couple ounces of weight.
frame size not unusual...dave
May 21, 2001 8:12 PM
I'm 5'-7" (at most) with a 32-1/2" (82.5cm) inseam, so I ride a 55cm. Someone who is 7 inches taller than me should be able to ride a 61cm, if they are proportioned similarly. Only requires an additional 3-3/8" inseam length. Some of us have long legs, and most Italian bikes fit us great.
re: Need Help on New Bike Searchgot2ryd
May 21, 2001 6:05 PM
id agree with wheelie on the cannondale. i recently purchase a caad5 after some test rides. i test rode the trek 5200 and think the cannondale is a much nicer ride. and it screams up the hills! test ride one.
Try Titusrevitup
May 22, 2001 2:39 PM
You might try Titus if you are at all interested in titanium. They make all custom road bikes to fit any size rider. The ride is awesome and you can ask to have it made lightweight for racing/climbing. They are stiff like carbon fiber but forgiving on bumps. I went from a Trek OCLV 5200 to a Titus. It has been a great change. The Titus is responsive, stiff, and lightweight. Also - they are in Arizona and they have a demo bike program so you can try a bike close to your size if you can get there or live there.