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I need your opinion(4 posts)

I need your opinionRandyMH
Jun 21, 2001 10:33 PM
I am in the market for a road bike. I am brand new to the sport, so I don't know much about the differences in bikes. I have learned about the differences in frame materials and components. I want to spend about $600.00 or so on a bike. Here where I need help.
I have looked at the motobecane Grand Record and Grand Mirage.
Grand Record- Aluminum frame and forks with sora package.
Grand Mirage- Cro-molly with sora
I have also looked at the Giant and GT. Both about comprable to the Motobecane. I really like the paint job on the Giant. But Im sure you know how it is. Each store says that there bike is better than the others. The guy at one store says that the giant is far better than the Moto. Another guy says that that Cannondale is better than both. So does the Trek guy. One guy just said that it all come down to whos sticker you want on your bike. Can you guys (and ladies) give me some feed back on my situation. I just want to ride. I don't think one or two pounds will make me a lot of difference. At this point I don't know the difference in the feel of components. And I don't mind upgrading later. I would really like to find a good deal on a used bike.
re: I need your opiniongot2ryd
Jun 22, 2001 6:12 AM
i would listen to what each shop has to say, make notes on each bike you are interested in and compare components, etc. then spend as much time as possible test riding. pick the one that feels "right". you will know it when it hits you.
re: I need your opinionLone Gunman
Jun 22, 2001 8:34 AM
Fit rules for the first bike, if it is uncomfortable it is like wearing shoes that are too small, you won't wear them, hence you won't ride. And alot depends upon the type of riding you will do, (tours, charity rides, club rides, solo). I like to break down a bike purchase this way: frameset and material, (your budget dictates aluminum or steel), component group, (again, budget dictates Shimano, I would stay away from lower end Campy stuff) and wheelset. Some really good deals on used wheels out there, as well as Italian steel frames like Gios (Excel). If you are looking to buy the bike as one package, the lower end bikes will have gearing that is suited for slow cruising like triple chainring (good) with a 46 tooth big ring (bad, slow high end speed), but all this can be changed with upgrades. The Cannondale will probably be the lightest but try to slip a carbon fiber fork into a deal somehow, it makes a big improvement in the ride. Fit first, frame material second, components. $.02.
re: I need your opinionbadabill
Jun 22, 2001 9:34 AM
You have noticed that all the bikes basically use the same components at your price range. Ride and fit will decide. Chromoly tends to be a better ride, but is heavier. Alum. bikes in this price range can be harsh if you plan on long rides. My "steel lives" bias showing thru :-)