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A little help please...(5 posts)

A little help please...Flothru
Jul 20, 2001 5:26 AM
I am going to be getting a new bike soon and my main dilema is value.
I am considering an Airbourne with Full Campy Record 10speed for $2680.00 or A Litespeed Tuscany with Daytona for $2646.00. I know the value of a good groupo but is there that big of a differance in the frames to pick the Tuscany.

Note from my fiance she is giving me some of the money so I get a good bike and stop buying new stuff every other week. This bike is to last a min. of 10 years(barring a major crash).

Thanks in advance
re: A little help please...Mel Erickson
Jul 20, 2001 5:39 AM
Assuming you get a good fit with both bikes I'd pick the Airbourne, especially if you expect the bike to last you 10 years. The frame will be no problem in either case, both should last indefinitely (assuming no crashes and otherwise taken care of). If you intend to keep the same components for 10 years I'd start out with the best, and that's Record. That said, chances you stay with the bike, as is, for 10 years are slim. The bug will get ya sooner than that, even with a "lifetime" bike with top components. But, if you can afford it, knock yourself out.
snob factorJack S
Jul 20, 2001 6:07 AM
do you want it in the components- Record (although some will say "Oh my gawd, an Airborne with Record, why bother?!")- or in the frame- Litespeed (but then again, here come the bashers! don't worry Lazyrider will come rant about how great Litespeeds are).
From the Slowtwitch assessmentMel Erickson
Jul 20, 2001 6:59 AM
he should spec the Airbourne with Chorus, more durable and less costly, while functionally the same as Record. Daytona is more akin to Ultegra. Both very good but neither is Chorus/Record or DuraAce.
re: A little help please...Crash
Jul 20, 2001 7:53 AM
Flothru, As most people will tel you make sure you buy the bike that fits you better ! I did ride both bikes before I bought my R2000si, and I really liked the Tuscany, wasn't impressed by the Airborne. I do weigh right around 200 so I'm sure that made a difference, but the Tuscany was much tighter, stiffer and more responsive. I also thought the finish on the Tuscany was much better. If you live in SoCal you can got to SuperGo and ride the Airborne there. I would suggest test riding ANY bike BEFORE you buy it !!! Also, you didn't say what wheelset you were going to get. I think that might make a bigger difference in the ride of the bike than the component group. I think all of the Daytona / Ultegra and above stuff is pretty good.