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upgrade ole Merx or spend the cash for Litespeed Ultimate?(5 posts)

upgrade ole Merx or spend the cash for Litespeed Ultimate?chkthndr
Aug 9, 2001 1:05 PM
Anyone give me advice on how to spend hard earned cash? Is it worth the money to get what looks like a great deal on the Ultimate at Colorado Cyclist, or upgrade my steel Merx with nice wheels, etc. (it has Shimano 600)
I understand this is apples and oranges (or $1K vs $2K), but is it worth going for the Ultimate at $3000.
What can I do to upgrade and find the biggest bang for the money?
I ride lots of hills and flats.
re: upgrade ole Merx or spend the cash for Litespeed Ultimate?tr
Aug 9, 2001 3:26 PM
I think biggest bang for the buck would be wheel upgrade, but if you ride alot you can probably justify going for a new frame. Wheels affect ride as much as frame. I have seen most of the ti riders suggest that the Ultimate is the harshest riding litespeed. Maybe they can tell you the differences between most of the models, provided you have not already looked at all the models. I had a older Merckx and then got a Fondriest and De Rosa and i thought the difference was significant, even without material change.
re: upgrade ole Merx or spend the cash for Litespeed Ultimate?Hank
Aug 9, 2001 6:02 PM
is there anything wrong with your old wheels? I doubt you save much weight or feel any difference. I'd save your money or but the new bike you want. Don't see the point in "upgrading" an already nice ride--just replace stuff as it wears out (which is what I do with my Merckx and other bikes). If you like the way your Merckx fits, consider a ti Merckx--or that new AL/carbon one looks nice, too.
What kind of steel is on the Merx?Largo
Aug 9, 2001 7:05 PM
I have an Ultimate and I love itpmf
Aug 10, 2001 10:11 AM
If you're a big rider, its a good choice. If you're smaller, it may be too stiff. I have two carbon bikes also, and the Ultimate doesn't feel too stiff compared to them.

I got a 1999 close-out from Labicicletta w/ Look HSC2 fork for $1600. I shopped around for parts (DA, CK headset, Time ti pedals, Look carbon post, flite saddle, forgie stem, TTT prima 220 bar -- no wheels) and it ended up costing around $3000. So for the complete bike, CC is offering a very good deal.

If you're big/ aggressive its a good choice. Mine climbs well and is very fast in corners.

If you want to upgrade, get a set of ksyriums from labicicletta for $600. Great bullet proof wheels.