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Looking for road bike. Suggestions?(12 posts)

Looking for road bike. Suggestions?jollespm
Oct 9, 2001 6:56 AM
I am new to road biking but have been mtn biking semi-seriously for about 6 years. I am looking to expand my horizons and get a road bike for more training and possibly racing.

I am 6'5, ~195 lbs, 36" inseam, and am looking to spend $1500 to $2500 on a new or quality used bike. Would like to have something that would be relatively comfortable, versatile, yet race worthy. Leaning towards something unique, but not necessarily exotic. My problem is that no one has any bikes big enough to test ride. I need a 63 cm frame and 61 is the biggest I have found, so test riding is kinda out of the picture.

After looking around a bit I like the Klein Quantum Race. I would have to get through the custom program so I get to pick the color (glow in the dark is cool), but would like to know what else I could look at or consider. Also looked at Trek 2300 and Cannondale R2000 but not as impressed. Took a test ride on a 61 cm Lemond Zurich but it was too small and that was as big as they get.

Ideally since it is my first (real) road bike I would like to get it through a lbs so they can swap out parts and help fit me after I get it so that might limit brands too. Located in Atlanta Ga so there is some variety.

Any input is appreciated.
re: Looking for road bike. Suggestions?morey
Oct 9, 2001 7:08 AM
When you get a bike of 63 cm, flex would tend to be a problem. You really should relook @ the Cannondale. They are really stiff, do not flex. I have no experience with a bike your size, however I have a CAAD 6 cannondale frame, I am 5'10', 200 lb. It does not flex, which was always a problem. Look @ the marketplace, nice buys!
re: Looking for road bike. Suggestions?DAC
Oct 9, 2001 7:33 AM
Most maufacturers don't even make frames your size. I ride 63-64 cm frames, and find that, yes, they are more flexible. You will be best served by a sturdier frame, such as a Cannondale frame, in 25" (63.5 cm) size. I have one of these, and it is much stiffer than my steel frames are. They also make a 27" frame (68.6 cm) as a frame only, and will custom-make one, too.
One alternative for you MAY be having a custom frame built by a frame builder, especially if you really want a steel frame.
Try GVH bikesCima Coppi
Oct 9, 2001 7:39 AM
Gary has a few frames larger than 62cm, and this one caught my eye for you:

Land Sharks are nice bikes, and this one is very unique. I'd suggest going to one of the good LBS's in Atlanta and get on a fit kit or similar device. That way you will also have a measurement of top tube and total reach to go by when looking for a frame.

Good Luck,

Info about Land Shark?jollespm
Oct 9, 2001 7:45 AM
I actually was looking at the same frame and I love the paint job, but haven't been able to find out much about Land Shark in terms of quality, ride, etc. I was assuming that since the frame is pretty expensive it's probably a nice bike, but would it fit my needs?
Some answers about Land Shark...Cima Coppi
Oct 9, 2001 8:03 AM
I have only heard good things about Land Sharks. They are hand made and hand painted, made here in the U.S., and have always had unique paint jobs. If uniqueness is what you want, this is where to find it!

The steel tube set used in this frame is similar to what I have on my 59cm frame, and it is certain stiff enough and very light for steel. Really what matters is fit. Improper fit will make you miserable on any frame, whether its a $2000 frame or a $500 frame.

If the fit is good, I don't think you can go wrong with the Land Shark.

Also, Land Shark's website:Cima Coppi
Oct 9, 2001 8:04 AM
I love my Land SharkDean
Oct 9, 2001 8:48 AM
I bought a Land Shark prior to this season and I love it. I bought mine through GVH and Gary was great. I think he mostly has frames made of Dedacciai 01 (mine is). This is a bit heavier tube set but I am a heavier rider to it was perfect for me. When I was buying mine, Gary said that I could go through him to get a complete custom frame made of almost any steel. Again, I love mine. I weigh 230 and I get no flex when puching hard. Plus the bike is comfortable. I did my local MS ride and did centuries both days and felt great. (As great as you can feel for riding 200 miles in 2 days). I would definately buy another one. Feel free to post any specific questions. Good luck.
Info about Land Shark?madstork
Oct 9, 2001 9:19 AM
I'm very close to your size and I have a custom Land Shark ordered through my lbs. I think it's a great bike. Stiff enough for me plus all-day comfortable - just like I requested. Custom options and one-of-a-kind paint are icing on the cake. At your size and budget, I think a custom is a valid option.
re: Looking for road bike. Suggestions?MJ
Oct 9, 2001 7:44 AM
you want to be fitted before you get any bike - a custom fitting seems just the ticket for you - any LBS in Ga. do that? - I think psydoc is from Ga. - but he may be down south

1. - don't rule out cyclocross bikes - as a former/current mtber. you may get more out of an 'intermediate' step to the road - cross bikes are the best of both worlds (or the master of nothing) depending on your point of view - Gunnar has a low BB as does one of the Waterford models (anways they do custom)

2. - agreed that aluminum may be the best way forward but a custom steel bike could take your build into account - a custom will mean you get all the parts you want frolm the start - in addition to the two above - Steelman is worth a look for a steel builder in your price range

if you limit yourself to the LBS you may not get the bike you want

go get fitted then ask the LBS/fitter what they reccomend that they don't have in the showroom - Klein, Trek and Cannondale or all good stuff - but certainly aren't exotic - any LBS worth it's salt will give you good advice that extends beyond their showroom - should be about more than one sale
re: Richard SachsSteveS
Oct 9, 2001 8:35 PM
Have you looked in the frame section of the Classifieds? There is a Richard Sachs 63cm frame for $1200, I think. If the geometry suits you, it is clear this would be a steal in steel.

Make sure you get the serial number from the seller and check with Sachs himself to make sure everything is okay with the bike his records. A couple of years ago I almost snagged a Bill Holland, but checked out the serial number and the frame had been damaged in shipment. Holland told me not to buy it. Carpe Diem.
re: Looking for road bike. Suggestions?Evan
Oct 10, 2001 7:46 PM
I'm 6'3", 185lbs.
I ride a steel Rensho and a Klein Quantum Race, almost equally. I love the Klein, and use it for all serious rides. It's lighter, has a stiff rear triangle, and transmits LESS road shock than the steel frame. I'd get another in a heartbeat!