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advise new bike purchaseJbajel
Jan 6, 2002 10:11 PM
Help. Eventhough the old Cannondale has a few miles left on it, I am finally purchasing a new road bike. I have about $1600 to spend. I can't decide between the following bikes:1) Raleigh R700 all Ultegra; 2) Cannondale R900 mixed groupo of 105 and Ultegra with Coda hubs; and 3) Giant-compact frame with 105.

I bike a lot of hills and will do my first ironman this summer. The Raleigh is tempting, but I am unsure of the oversized/integrated headset and frame. Is the groupo difference worth it. Please advise.
re: advise new bike purchaseI Love Shimano
Jan 6, 2002 11:02 PM
Check out www.slowtwitch.com for their reviews on the cannondale and Giant line of bikes. THey particularly like the Giants for their forks.
Tough decision...John-d
Jan 7, 2002 2:50 AM
When I bought my new bike in the summer after months of agonising, I ended up with the Giant and the Cannondale to chose between and that was tough enough. In the end I decided to base my choice around what was sold in the local bike shops and not shop on the net. This was because I needed to be fitted and wanted to test ride.

The best LBS won not the make of bike, because a good bike is a good bike if you get the right spec., however a good bike shop is very rare. A bad LBS can fool you into thinking that such and such a make is terrible, all due to bad advice.

That's my opinion, and all things being equal you can waste months agonising over which to buy. All three are excellant bikes, buy the one that calls you and enjoy the ride.

Good luck
re: advise new bike purchaseJorrit Wigchert
Jan 7, 2002 7:47 AM
Another possibility is that hou buy your own frameset and Shimano Ultegra group. It saves a lot of money and you can create your own "dream" bike with limited money.

If you don't want to do that, I would advice the Raleigh or the Giant. The Giant has a compact size and is very light and stiff(rigid). The Raleigh has a better group but the differance between Ultegra and 105 is not so big.
re: advise new bike purchasefuzzybunnies
Jan 7, 2002 10:23 AM
Don't get the raleigh R700, don't know if you've handled one yet but it's a tank compared to similarly priced bikes. Check out the International. Comes with daytona(this is not a campy plug) and costs 1400. while weighting less than the 700, the difference could buy you a new carbon front fork that the LBS should install for free if you purchase it at the same time. Can't say much on the cannondale but I've always liked my giant. Russ
re: advise new bike purchasemorrison
Jan 7, 2002 1:17 PM
I ride the R900, and I love it on the hills. You're already on a 'dale, so you know that it can be a bumpy ride. If this hasn't bothered you on long rides, you'll be fine on the R900.

I have full Ultegra on my second bike (Airborne), and to tell you the truth, I don't notice all that much of a difference. The one thing I do notice, 'though, is the comfort of the Ti frame.

Good luck.