|I need a road bike||ZAC|
Jan 8, 2002 10:50 AM
|I am new to road bikes even though I have been an avid xc mountain biker for a few years now. I want some suggestions on a good road bike I can buy to train and ride with my buddies. I don't want to spend more than $1500 on the bike. I want a good frame that I can upgrade later so that I can race on this bike. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.|
|Then buy one||pmf1|
Jan 8, 2002 11:29 AM
|Buying something less than you want with plans to "upgrade later" is the best way to pay the maximum for the bike you'll eventually end up with. Why pay for components twice? The best deal for components, I think, is Shimano Ultegra. You can get a decent Ultegra equipped bike for around $1500 -- especially if you're willing to buy something on the web. Look for deals such as a pre-built Douglas offered by Colorado Cyclist, or see what gvh bikes has. It might be worth going to a shop and getting measured to see what your ideal bike would be as far as TT+stem length and ST height. This might help you judge whether bikes you see on the web are the right size. Lots of people on this page seem to think that half the population requires a custom bike. Unless you're abnormally proportioned, this is just not true. Plus or minus one cm can be handled by stem length or saddle height. |
You also may want to go test ride some bikes to get a feel for materials. Some love aluminium or carbon while others hate it. The longer you can do a test ride, the better feel you'll get for a bike.
Jan 8, 2002 12:20 PM
|the "upgrade later" plan has always seemed kind of silly to me. The parts you will find on a $1500 bike are more than adequate for racing, and you can replace stuff as it wears out (though most people seem to buy whole new bikes long before this happens). Study up on the fit issue and go ride a bunch of bikes--maybe start with Bianchi, the Giant TCR and Lemond. Once you get a better idea of what you want and what fits best, you may discover the best deal/bike for you is on the web at one of the places pmf1 mentioned.|
|re: I need a road bike||dealy663|
Jan 8, 2002 7:53 PM
|I just bought a bike from gvhbikes.com (it arrives on thursday). I am an avid xc moutain biker also. You can most certainly pick up a sweet deal from Gary for the amount you are looking to spend. For $1295 you can get Italian steel with Ultegra components.
Another good sounding deal is Supergo's Cervelo Prodigy w/Ultegra for about $1400.
I'm just dying waiting for my new machine to arrive on thursday.