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Road bike online...to buy or not to buy??(5 posts)

Road bike online...to buy or not to buy??e-rock
Jul 17, 2001 11:50 AM
I am currently looking into getting my first road bike, and have saved a considerable amount (for a Colnago Master X Light). I visisted several LBS, but they charge from $500 - $1000 more. Im seriously looking into purchasing it online.

What do you suggest? Does anyone know of any good/reliable/trustworthy/quality shops online, that sell Colnago? (Im only interested in Colnago) =]

Any and all suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

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On-line/on-phone is ok...RhodyRider
Jul 17, 2001 12:07 PM
If you are sure of the fit of the bike you are intending to buy. If you have all the particulars worked out, go for it. I bought my Litespeed "through the mail" from Colorado Cyclist back in '97 and to this day I am 100% pleased with both the bike and the deal & service they offered. But I did my homework in advance and got the exact right bike. CC may actually be a source for the Colnago, too - give 'em a look (http://www.coloradocyclist.com). Good luck!
www.gvhbikes.com is probably the best.Doll Face
Jul 17, 2001 12:13 PM
If he is not showing your size in stock, call and ask about avail.
www.sdeals.com has the frame/fork for $900tri
Jul 17, 2001 2:14 PM
www.sdeals.com has the master x-light frame/fork for $900 or a full bike with chorus for I think $1700. I only have good things to say about this place, although you'd have to order overseas (assuming you're in the U.S.). As everyone else will tell you, the fit is the most important thing. If you've been looking around LBS's though, and have found your size already (perhaps a little unethical but it gets you a better deal), then I'd say go for the online purchase. I purchased a cervelo p2k from endurosport in Canada last summer just based on the reviews of the bike and the company, and having never ridden the bike before. I just sent in about 7 or 8 different body measurements, and they applied them to some formula for fit. Needless to say, the bike fit like a glove when it arrived. Although, I'm not one to be too picky about fit considering my first bike purchase was a Cannondale Caad 4 last year, and I got a 58 based on someone's thinking that they rode a 56 and I was a little bigger than them. (It was through a sponsorship with cannondale so i got the bike for 1/2 retail, and all I had to do was get a 1cm shorter stem and it fit perfectly). I guess I'm just lucky though. Anyway, good luck with your purchase. You can't go wrong with that bike (or any bike if it makes you happy). I'm actually looking to get one soon-can't pass up that deal from sdeals, but I'll have to come up with a reason why I need a fourth bike to convince my parents i'm not wasting my money. The argument that all my bikes are aluminum so I need a steel for longer rides probably won't work. Maybe I'll have to wait a year till I'm out on my own in med-school...
I only buy onlineterry b
Jul 17, 2001 4:05 PM
Twice from RA Cycles in Brooklyn, NY (Colnago MxL and Pinarello.) Both times - excellent experience. They have a web site, but lately it's having a problem. call 718-636-5242. I have always dealt with Phil. He is also pretty good with email mail@racycles.com. Price quoted on page 59 of this month's Procycling magazine is 3390 for MxL with Record 10v, 2990 for Dura Ace (gasp.) Had my Colnago on Friday with a previous Saturday order.

Once from GVH Bikes - never again. Still finding things done wrong with that bike.

Many people on the forum have ahd good luck overseas, I'm not yet that brave but I'm getting there.

If you take the time to work on the order with the dealer, and if you know what you want, there is no better way to go.