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New Bike(5 posts)

New Bikeraven800
Aug 14, 2001 12:49 PM
What is the best bike to get around the $1200 range. I have seen some good deals but like a local shop that will custom build based on budget and fit. I will get lower end componetry going the custom build route but I lean toward this option. Thoughts? Advice?
re: New Bikelemmaknow
Aug 14, 2001 2:25 PM
usually custom frames start at about 800-1000 and head right on up. that leaves very little left over for even the lowest lines of parts. what sort of options have they given you in terms of frame materials and cost and parts selection and cost? this will be key in determining if this is the route to go on a $1200 budget.

as for production rigs, cannondale r600, lemond buenos aries, and many others fit the bill, especially since the time of season end clearance is upon us. fit is important with production bikes so ride a few.
re: New Bikejtolleson
Aug 14, 2001 4:18 PM
If you are on a budget, why go custom if you don't need to? Components are a huge part of bike quality, and upgrading later can be pricey. If you don't need a custom, then you can shop a variety of options in that price range, almost too many to name. Yes, the Cannondale R600 and Lemond Buenos Aires, Specialized Allez, Trek 2200, Bianchi Giro or Talladega (I think... I can never remember my Bianchis).

Most will come very similarly spec'd in that price range... Shimano 105 components probably, so look for the right FIT.
re: New BikeVictorChan
Aug 14, 2001 5:00 PM
Hehehehe.........this is funny though. I got a $850 bike Raleigh R600 year 2001, onsale (actual retail price was $1070). BUT, right now, I am upgrading this bike like crazy. I just want to make the bike lighter. So, the total value of this bike would ultimately worth $1500 after all the upgrades. If you are an upgrading kind of guy, it is best to buy your own parts.
Consider Gary Hobbs . . .DCW
Aug 14, 2001 5:24 PM
Check He's "mailorder" but very conscientious with his customers. Good frames and kits, including some in your price range.