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Which brand is best?(8 posts)

Which brand is best?mr_anderson4942
Feb 20, 2002 5:12 PM
I'm hoping to buy a new road bike in the near future and I was wondering what brand I should look at. I want a bike that is relatively solid and sturdy, and under $2000. I plan to do some moderate training this summer, and I can't afford to replace it soon therafter, so it should be rather durable. If anyone has any recommendations or advice whatsoever, it would be greatly appreciated. The last thing I want to do is spend a couple thousand dollars and realize that I made the wrong choice.
re: Which brand is best?collinsc
Feb 20, 2002 5:39 PM
sorry if this is a little harsh, but it will save you future flames

Elefantino "Sorry. I meant this to be a topic. (MAJOR rant redux)" 2/20/02 5:30pm

Thanks for that Elefantino,

cheers, Chad
re: Which brand is best?Velocipedio
Feb 20, 2002 6:40 PM
First of all, I think you'll find that not all cyclists are arrogant or obnoxious.

Secondly, don;t get hung up on brands. Generally, any bike you can buy for $2000 from a reputable bike shop will be of equivalent -- verty good to excellent -- quality, regardless of brand.

What you need to do is go to a reputable local bike shop and ask the sales staff to help you out. Don't flash your money around, though. Tell them what you want and have them show you what they have. When you see something you like, ask to take it for a spin. If you like it, have the shop do a complete fitting for you.

Bike fit is much more important than bike brand.

You might also want to pick up a crummy magazine like Bicycling to familiarize yourself with brand names.
re: Which brand is best?buck
Feb 20, 2002 6:43 PM
Best bang for the buck at retail- Raleigh. No doubt.
$2000 is a lot of moneygtx
Feb 20, 2002 7:04 PM
you should be able to get a heck of a lot of bike for that. First, though, study up on fit--here are the links Kerry Irons usually posts. The worst mistake you can make is to get a bike that doesn't fit properly.

http://www.bsn.com/cycling/ergobike.html
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/BikeFit/index.cfm
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harart-frames.html
http://www.electriciti.com/~bikelane/sizing.html
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/frameinfo/Frame_Sizing.htm
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm

then go here:

http://www.gvhbikes.com

also check out the Ritchey sold by Excel Sports and the Tommasini and Douglas ti sold by Colorado Cyclist. And if a stock bikes won't fit, check out custom builders like Teesdale, Anvil or Curtlo. Good luck.
Tommasini is the best. nmThe Pope of Whalley
Feb 20, 2002 7:26 PM
re: Which brand is best?jtolleson
Feb 21, 2002 7:56 AM
Due to recent trolling and infighting, the timing of your perfectly reasonable question is a little unfortunate... but I'll give you my opinion.

First, anything you buy at that price point is going to be durable and solid, as you seek. Most options in the $1500-$2000 range will be equipped with Shimano's Ultegra or Campagnolo Centaur, which are both great workhorse groups (I didn't say gruppo!).

Test ride a lot. For my money, I love the Lemond Zurich for a rider like you. Comfortable for tons of miles and solid as a rock. But there are just too many options to chose from, from smaller builders (check out the full Ultegra Landsharks at gvhbikes.com) to getting a Trek or Cannondale (in aluminum) or Bianchi (ideally in steel) in that price bracket.

Go to a GOOD roadie shop (not one dominated by mountain bikes) and test ride, test ride, test ride. There are still some good closeouts on '01 bikes.
fit is the most important thingsoup
Feb 21, 2002 8:25 AM
make your selection based on bike fit, take the time to get a professional fit.