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Best 105 Level Bike??(11 posts)

Best 105 Level Bike??justaguy
Sep 15, 2001 6:54 PM
Someone i know is looking at getting a mid level road bike. some of the ones considered are:
Cannondale 800 ($1800 cdn at one place, don't know prices for the rest)
Trek 2200
Specialized Allez A1 Sport
Devinci Silverstone
GT ZR3.0
Giant OCR 1 or TCR 2
Klein Quantum
Lemond Alp d Huez or buenos arez
Marin san marino

You can see most of these are similar spec midrange steel or aluminum, double chainring. We're looking for value for the money most of all. The terrain around here is hilly, so light is good. He is coming off a very small (48 i think, although 50 might work), old steel bike recently upgraded to campy ergo shifters. Knows how to work on anything on the bike, although durability would be good. some components will be switched, so im not sure about compatability issues. Racing i don't think is in the cards, but speed will always be a goal. So any suggestions on bikes in this level? whats best, whats good for money?
re: Best 105 Level Bike??Dan
Sep 16, 2001 1:22 AM
Check out C-Dale's 2002 R-900 model at $1800. It's a mix of 105 and Ultegra w/ Mavic Cosmos wheels. Very nice package with virtually zero Coda stuff which has plagued C-Dale in the past (Coda stem and seatpost I think).
re: Best 105 Level Bike??christopheclark
Sep 16, 2001 3:26 AM
I just bought a ZR3 - very nice indeed. Shimano 105 groupset which is fine for an ex-racer - very very slick!
It's light (alu) and very stiff - climbs well.

My brother just bought a TREK 4500? The one with the red rims - again very nice for the price. Shimano Sora set on it.
re: Best 105 Level Bike??brian_R
Sep 16, 2001 4:23 AM
I would look at the Schwinn Fastback's too. I just bought a Fastback Pro for $1099 USD. It's awesome! It's all Ultegra groupo, Velomax Circuit wheels, 2.75 lb frame, and it looks sweet. You can get the Fastback Comp for $899 but for 300 more I would go with the Pro and Ultegra.
Check out they just got some in stock.
Get them while you can cuz Schwinn just got bought by Pacific Bike.
Trek 2200ChrisVedral
Sep 16, 2001 4:27 AM
the trek 2002 2200's are really nice casue it comes with the Ultegra shifters and ultegra crank and rear derailer and 105 front derailer and brakes. I just ordered one.
Sep 16, 2001 5:24 AM
Choose a frame. select the 105 kit, and you'll have a great bike for 1000!
Casati w/Ultegra $1295! (more)Dog Breath
Sep 16, 2001 8:47 AM
GVH bikes sells Ultegra kits for only $100 more than 105. If you really want to save money you can have a bike built there with 105 and downtube index shifters.

Basso Gap w/105 - $1150 is probably an even better deal. (GHV again). Basso frames are nicely finished.

Alot of other great deals there for a little bit more money. (Pinerallo, Colnago, etc.)

Echo the ScwinnElefantino
Sep 16, 2001 10:47 AM
The Comp, at $849 with full 105, is a steal. Look at the spec sheet. Pretty impressive. There were good reviews, too, on Schwinn's new N'Litened aluminum tubing. You can't get a bike with 105, Reynolds Ouzo Comp carbon fork and an integrated headset for that money. I'm not sure I'd pay the $250 more for the Ultegra bike.
The problem is, of course, riding it. You'd have to find a LBS near you who still admits to being a Schwinn dealer. And I don't really feel all that comfortable test riding at an LBS and then mail-ordering, but money is money, and Supergo is a good shop. Dealt with them before on several deals.
A friend bought a ....Blue 'Goose
Sep 16, 2001 1:48 PM
GT ZR 2.0 with full ultegra for $1299 on wednesday night.
I'm jealous, yes, also has mavic wheels and syncros stem,
bar and seatpost.

Yes, I'm aware that Syncros is owned by GT/Schwinn. I'd
still get it if I had the cash.

And those Schwinn Fastbacks look like unbelievable deals too,
Ultegra for $1k? Amazing.

I picked a heck of a time to be a responsible adult and pay bills!
re: Best 105 Level Bike??Roy Zip[ris
Sep 16, 2001 3:59 PM
I understand that the Lemond Buenos Aires is equipped with Ultegra this year. FWIW, I enjoy riding last year's BA, which came with 105, and the Lemond geometry seems right for me.
Gotta look at the FastbacksWannabe
Sep 17, 2001 11:08 AM
Mentioned this in another post as well, but you must consider the Schwinn Fastbacks. Outstanding bikes. Outstanding frame and very light. Follow others' advice and be sure to check them out. Of course, if you have to have a name with cache value, this isn't the bike for you. If you just want a great ride at an unbeatable price, this bike is definitely worth checking out.

Andy - Wannabe