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The cheapest Good road bike?????(13 posts)

The cheapest Good road bike?????Matt
Dec 22, 2001 5:49 PM
I am looking for information on a cheap good road bike. Im in college, so of course, i dotn have very much money to spend. does anyone have the brand and the name of the bike that would be good to check out. Normally i race MTB, but im now getting into road biking. Not the best, but an exeptional deal for a good bike. Thanks.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...nigel
Dec 22, 2001 6:07 PM
Giant.

Their bikes are well known to be some of the best bikes for the cost--lightweight, stiff (efficient in their power transfer), inexpensive, great looking, and they handle very nicely to boot.

The Giant OCR line starts at about $650 for the OCR2 (or OCR3--not sure which is the base model at this point). They feature nice aluminum frames with good component groups and good wheels. Super value for a comfortable, quick, flash-looking bike.

I own a TCR2 and have been nothing but happy with mine. The new TCR2s go for about $1,400. For a crossover rider like yourself (who probably won't wind up racing road) or a beginning roadie, the OCR line should be more than adequate, and you should find yourself quite pleased with your purchase.

Best of luck,
Nige
I've said it before and I'll say it again...firstrax
Dec 22, 2001 10:31 PM
I agree. The Giant ORC is the best bargain. They cheap out where its OK to do so and spend where its not. There base model has a $60.00 saddle.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...Roadfrog
Dec 23, 2001 12:44 AM
I agree too... HOP
I've said it before and I'll say it again...Applejuice
Dec 23, 2001 11:29 AM
Agree as well. The base OCR is a great entry bike. No junk on it. If you can spring for the one up (OCR2 > OCR 3), I think that it'd be worthwhile - OCR2 adds clipless pedals, Mavic rims and hubs, Tiagra components instead of Sora. A better choice in the long run.

Good luck.
Go usedKerry Irons
Dec 22, 2001 6:15 PM
For the price of an entry level road bike, you can get a very nice used bike. In all cases, make sure it fits.
Agree w/ buying useddsc
Dec 24, 2001 10:48 AM
For the price of a (maybe) new 105-equipped bike, a bought a 2 yr. old bike w/ full Dura Ace, racing wheels, all-carbon fork, etc. The thing weighs just over 17 lb., for crying out loud!
Bottom line, buying used gives you the MOST bang for the buck, especially when you're just getting started in road biking.
Like Kerry said, though, make sure it fits.

Good luck!
-Debi
Agree w/ buying usedFrat1848
Dec 24, 2001 6:15 PM
Yup, used appears to be the way to go. I too am a mountain biker with tenure and have just now decided to try a road bike. I found a 2001 Specialized Allez comp with just over 1300 miles on it at my LBS yesterday for $800. It now resides next to my Fuel 90. The road ride is rather inspiring.
Glad to read that you're taking you're making the leap to road!!cyclinseth
Dec 22, 2001 7:24 PM
Now, By the term "...cheapest...", do you mean "least expensive"? How little is "...cheapest..." to you? $400? $1000? I've been looking in the Marketplace on this website a lot lately (namely because I'm trying to sell a bike there). And I get the sense that if you feel comfortable going used, and you feel comfortable spending at least a kilo .... I mean a grand, then you could could find somthing VERY agreeable in terms of a "deal". You've got to know something about this side of the fence though (ie: road bikes, as oppossed to mtbs). If not, you might be able to find something "adequate" at your local shop. Especially since you've developed a relationship somewhere. Right?

Sincerely hope this helps.
re: The cheapest Good road bike?????racer50
Dec 23, 2001 7:17 AM
Try a UNIVEGA road bike,for $850 you get the most bike for your money.
re: The cheapest Good road bike?????davidl
Dec 23, 2001 10:12 AM
Check out a Univega Modo Volare [Daytona 10 speed] or Modo Vincere [triple] - great bikes. Fuji and Raleigh look good bang-for-the-buck wise.
re: The cheapest Good road bike?????sb61
Dec 23, 2001 10:19 AM
Another vote for Univega. You can get a nice Columbus steel frame and mid-level Campy drivetrain on the Vincere and Volare for 700-900$.
A couple more options...jtolleson
Dec 24, 2001 9:48 AM
come to mind. There are a few mega-bargains on the internet right now. One is via overstock.com, they are offering some Marin bikes (very limited sizes) that are a SCREAMING deal, including the Ultegra (I think) equipped Vicenza for like $800.

Also, on eBay, a retailer is dumping Schwinn Super Sports for a song.

Those two present opportunities to move above entry-level while spending entry-level dollars. Otherwise, the suggestions you've gotten above are solid.

Depends what you want to do with the bike in part, of course.