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what road bike between $1200-$1900 should I please(14 posts)

what road bike between $1200-$1900 should I pleaseotisbirdsong
Jun 15, 2001 12:16 PM
I'm looking for a new road bike, anywhere in the $1200-$1900 mark...I think that I want a steel frame but could be convinced to get an Aluminum... I've tried the Lemond Zurich, don't like the geometry, I was too streched out over the bike. I tried a Cannondale, don't like the way it handles...way too squirrely. I tried a Giant OCR1, like the way it rides, very quick but think that if I road for more then an hour, I'd feel like I went through 12 rounds, I felt everything.
I tried the Bianchi Veloce, kinda liked it, liked the feel of the ride, geomoetry...
Does anyone else have any ideas? anything you got....
Cheap titaniumRich Clark
Jun 15, 2001 12:33 PM
Just a thought, if you haven't considered it. You can get complete ti bikes from companies like Airborne or Habanero for that kind of money. An Airborne Zeppelin with 105 will arrive at your door for about $1750, for example. They guarantee satisfaction or your money back, but I don't know anyone who's tested this guarantee on a complete bike from them.

There are also some Airborne dealers out there now. I just bought a Carpe Diem -- which is their touring/cyclocross frame -- through my regular LBS. It's a thing of great beauty, set up as a touring/commuting bike with Ultegra, XTR, and 36-hole wheels, but it's so light I'm having trouble getting used to how little inertia it has, especially when I stand to climb.

I can't testify to its long-term anything yet -- it's only 2 days old -- but it's beautifully manufactured. And I hear similar praise for the Zeppelin.

consider also...4bykn
Jun 15, 2001 2:28 PM
the Airborne Valkyrie. About 200 less than the Zeppelin, I believe.
Jun 15, 2001 12:40 PM
if you like Italian steel, I'd also check GVH's selection and the Tommasini sold by Colorado Cyclist.
great site...thanks for the info..otisbirdsong
Jun 15, 2001 1:56 PM
re: what road bike between $1200-$1900 / 2nd the Tommasini andTC
Jun 15, 2001 12:44 PM
the Fuji from Colorado Cyclist. A good starting point is GVH bikes as Hank said. Both the T-sini Sintesi and the Fuji are a lot of bike for the $$.

Agreed!!!Cima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 1:35 PM
Steelman SR525Mike Prince
Jun 15, 2001 3:32 PM
I'll put in my plug for Steelman Cycles. The SR525 (Reynolds 525 steel) frame is $940 direct from Steelman and Brent can do a build kit with Shimano 105 that should get you in under $1,900. A handcrafted frame for mass-produced cost, although the Steelman geometry is close to LeMond, at least in the larger sizes.. I think GVH (as mentioned by Hank) also has some of these frames in smaller sizes for even less than Steelman direct. My $.02
Steelman SR525?MeDotOrg
Jun 15, 2001 5:01 PM
No question as custom frames go, the SR525 is a good buy. But I wonder: If you're not getting custom geometry, why not get an Airborne Zeppelin for $125 less? Certainly it would be lighter...

I guess my question (and this is not rhetorical, I really want to know) is that, assuming the geometry of both frames works for you, what makes a handmade frame much better than a mass produced one?
Steelman SR525?Hank
Jun 15, 2001 5:50 PM
I think the Steelman 525 is a great choice. Not sure if it's "better" than the Airborne. The geometry and fit is different. Mass produced bikes have gotten a lot better in recent years. But still, chances are a hand built bike will be straighter and have better finishing work. Are these things you can feel while riding? Probably not. I like the idea that the frame was built by the guy whose name is on my bike. I also like to support US builders. I like the idea that I can call up Steelman and tell him I want the cable stops over here, not over there, that I don't need a pump peg but that I'd like a threaded fork. Steelman makes some of the finest steel frames money can buy. Can you say that Airborne makes some of the finest ti bikes money can buy? Probably not. Are they a great value? Yes. Will you be happy riding a Airborne for 10 or 20 years? Will you be happy riding a Steelman for 10 or 20 years? One isn't necessarily better than the other. Just depends what you're looking for in a bike, and what matters to you. Finally, I will say that for the price of either of those bikes, you can have a frame built totally custom for you - based on your size, weight and riding style - by someone like Anvil, Mikklesen, Curtlo or Teesdale.
re: what road bike between $1200-$1900 should I pleasetincanman99
Jun 15, 2001 3:42 PM
I bought my first road bike last year. I bought a left over '99 Klein Quantum. The bike is quick and beautifully made. I have upgraded some of the components though. I paid $1400 for it.

I would suggest for a first bike you buy the bike from a local bike shop. That way if you have problems you can take it to them and they will deal with it without a lot of hassle. I was going to do the mail order because I had it for the Italian rides (love their paint and workmanship). The only thing that disuaded me was that it is mail order. If you any kind of major problem you are going to have to box it up and mail it back. Not fun. Plus some of the Italian bikes have less than stellar warranties. My Klein has a lifetime warranty on the frame. Can't beat it and the bike shop is near my house.

You will save money via mail order but you will have piece of mind with the local bike shop.

My .02

It's plain and simpleElefantino
Jun 15, 2001 6:03 PM
What feels good under your butt.
But you might want to check Airborne.
Try a Jamis Eclipseringo
Jun 16, 2001 12:28 PM
I beleive it's in this price range. You get a nice frame, Mavic Kysrium wheels, full Ultegra. It's probably the best value going.
re: what road bike between $1200-$1900 should I pleaseBart S.
Jun 17, 2001 8:53 AM
Jamis Eclipse: Great value for the $.