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Smallest Budget needed for quality aluminum road bike(6 posts)

Smallest Budget needed for quality aluminum road bikep1rana
Dec 17, 2001 3:01 PM
Well, im a newbie, and this is my second newbie question. I like the pinarello surprise (i have yet to go to a LBS so i havent actually tested it) but my dad doesnt seem to believe me that that is budget road bike so he wont help me in getting one. So if you want an aluminum road bike that you can grow into and has quality what should you expect to pay at the least.
How Much Ya' Got?grzy
Dec 17, 2001 3:16 PM
It's all relative. You can score C'dale CAAD4 frame & fork for around $600 or less. You'll do much better if you buy a complete bike and find a sale. I set a buddy up on a CAAD4 - all Ultegra - for about $1,100, but we were using a bunch of my 8 speed Ultegra and I gave him a new set of wheels for $200.

Ultimately you have to decide if it has to be "all new" in which case you'll pay for it. Buying the parts seperately is THE most expensive way to go and is right up there with buying a low-end bike and upgrading the entire thing, unless you cruise the classifieds and buy quality used components. Getting to know some bike junkies will help since they could probably come up with and entire bike worth of stuff for pennies on the dollar.

If you dad wants a reality check show him what a "budget" ti ride runs. Seems that it doesn't really matter what you do - your dad only wants you to spend a certain amount of money. The rub is you spend too little and it's no longer quality - you spend too much and it's no longer budget. Might as well ask him to tell you what the number is and work from there. It's doubtful that you'll find a better value than an aluminum bike from Sepcialized or C'dale aqnd if you do be very careful. If you go to the used side of things - the savings can be huge. Decide where you want to be and what your objective is - then decide how you're going to get there. It's an interesting excercise and one I never really get tired of revisiting.
I have a brand new 57cm litespeed frame 4 sale Cheap!!!gripe
Dec 17, 2001 8:44 PM
email me at for pictures and info

it is a vortex 2001 57 frame never built up!
I have a brand new 57cm litespeed frame 4 sale Cheap!!!Zeen
Dec 19, 2001 9:16 AM
How cheap is cheap?
re: Smallest Budget needed for quality aluminum road bikep1rana
Dec 17, 2001 3:46 PM
Yah, i figgered that would be the case. Just wanted to check with some ppl with more experience. Ive been thinkin about used but i have yet to get to the LBS as i mentioned before.
Surprise - GVHbikes.comD. Breath
Dec 17, 2001 10:42 PM
GVH probably has the lowest price on that particular bike
(and any Pinerallo for that matter.) He probably has some "budget" type bikes that even your father would agree to...