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Is this a good deal for a entry-level bike?(9 posts)

Is this a good deal for a entry-level bike?fsu_surfer
Feb 16, 2002 10:28 AM
I am looking for a entry-level road bike and am having a hard time finding a good used bike. I have researched some of the "newbie" bikes such as the Trek 1000 and the Giant OCR 3 and the reviews were quite good, but the responses in this board were quite negative. Well after some more searching I found a Schwinn 01 SuperSport GL (tiagra components) for $449 on The bike's MSRP is $949, but usually goes in the 700-800 range. Is this a good bike to get if a quality used bike never comes around? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


P.S. It comes unassembled so how much would a LBS charge to assemble and fit it for me? I need to know so I can add it to the retail price.
how much will you be racing?weiwentg
Feb 16, 2002 11:24 AM
I'm not familiar with the Super Sport GL. but it doesn't even look like it has proper racing geometery. and Tiagra is not a very durable groupset. it's a 'sport' groupset, designed for the weekend warrior.
If I were you, I'd get the Fastback Comp.
Not racing, just in-shape newbie looking for funfsu_surfer
Feb 16, 2002 11:47 AM
I am new to cycling, I am a solid runner and swimmer who is looking to stay in shape and get into the sport without spending over 600 on a bike. I dont really need all the fancy stuff, cause I probably won't know the difference. I just want have fun, get a good workout, explore the area, and cover some distance (less than 50 miles in a ride at the begining). I am also exploring the sprint triathalons around, which is alot cause I'm from central FL. I am new to this so I am not worried about not having the "hot components" and finishing with a competive time. Finishing will be cool by me. I just want to have fun and train on a bike that is inexpensive yet decent.

The SuperSport GL for $450 is really attractive to me because it has Tiagra instead of Sora, which I've heard is junk. All of the other bikes in my price range Fuji Ace, Trek 1000, and the Giant OCR3 are all in the $550-600 range and have Sora and cheaper comps.
Feb 16, 2002 12:17 PM
I'm sure you can get just as good of a deal if you find the local sport magazine they distribute in your area (that lists the local races) and look for the blowout specials at the shops near you advertised. THEN I would suggest you go to the shops and see how the bike fits you. Then save big on the model from a couple years ago they are blowing out usually its the color that changes and a few minor part substitutions from year to year. A 2000 model will save ya big :)
Feb 16, 2002 2:16 PM
indeed. probably a better bet to get used. and yes, Sora is junk.
Beating a dead horseElefantino
Feb 16, 2002 3:48 PM
Don't give up on a used bike.

But ...

The Super Sport GL is fine, but you get what you pay for. Tiagra is an OK group, much better than Sora, but then you get a generic wheelsset. The right wheelset is almost as important as the frame. Bad wheels go out of true often and provide a harsher ride than good wheels.

The Super Sport GLX costs about $150 more than you want to pay, but you get 105 components, which you'll never have to upgrade unless you race, plus Velomax Circuit Comp wheels, which are bulletproof.

And I echo the comments about the Fastback Comp. Good stuff for the price.

If you buy from Supergo, ask them what "unassembled" means. Does that mean all the parts are unassembled? Or will you simply have to put on the handlebars/stem, seatpost/saddle, wheels and pedals? (You don't need an LBS for that.)

Assembly at an LBS is going to run anywhere from$50 to $75, depending on where you live.

You need to search for a bike..Lone Gunman
Feb 16, 2002 5:19 PM
in your size over at A used bike site that is polluted with 2000 model bikes or within a few years of that. Get nothing less than 105 parts and look for Mavic wheels on the bike. Get an idea what size length top tube you need and work from that. Center to center is a key element in fit.
re: Is this a good deal for a entry-level bike?JC
Feb 16, 2002 6:51 PM
Search ebay. Over a period of a month I bought a specialized sworks frame and fork, A full ultegra group(new) and a Mavic cosmos wheelset for under 900.00. You see full bikes all the time there for 600.00 or less.I just need a few more parts and I'll be good to go. Make sure you know your size before you start shopping and be patient.
fred movenm
Feb 16, 2002 8:34 PM
don't take frame and parts to LBS for build- they will charge you $100