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Help in buying new road bike under $1000(6 posts)

Help in buying new road bike under $1000summerrider
Mar 28, 2002 4:12 AM
Actually, I prefer to spend under $750 for the bike and use other funds on clothing and accessories. Anyway, I am going to ride for fitness ~ about 1 to 3 hours a day. It is hilly here in Austin and I need something smooth to ride. Best deal I think I have found is a Mercier Aquila for $625 brand new - has a Reynolds frame and Ouzo(?) carbon fork with Tiagra and triple crank. Is this the best deal out there in a new bike (I will not buy used ~ as I get no warranty)? Is a carbon fork important to have? Is Reynolds tubing really good? Is this frame and fork OK to upgrade parts on like in a year or two? thanks for advise
Sounds ok'ish.DannyBoy
Mar 28, 2002 5:29 AM
If it's a Reynolds 531 or something better, and actually has an Ouzo fork that sounds quite good to me. The groupo's near the bottom of the pile, but it'll still be good enogh for a start up.

Price doesn't sound too bad either, mind you I'm not from the US so don't know what your choices and pricing is like. However, it pays to shop around. Maybe look at the lower end bikes of a mass producer like Trek or Giant and see how the parts and prices stack up. That'll maybe give you more of a feel for the deal!

Also make sure it fits. One thing that's quite common when buying lower end bikes is that the shop try and foist any old thing off on you assuming you won't know any better, so make sure it's not too big, or too small etc etc. If you're a novice and it's hilly near you a triple can't be a bad thing.

Good luck.
re: Help in buying new road bike under $1000jtolleson
Mar 28, 2002 6:16 AM
Actually that's an excellent price and the bike will do fine by you. Don't let the $4000 bike crowd intimidate you into not getting what's in your budget.
re: Help in buying new road bike under $1000Miklos
Mar 28, 2002 6:18 AM
It sounds like a good buy if it fits. The Tiagra group should be ok for fitness riding. However, if it were me, since you mentioned upgrading, I would see if that same frame/fork was available with full 105 group.

Heres why- the 105 group components are fully compatible with Ultegra and Dura-Ace, including bottom bracket, and Tiagra is not. That means upgrading will be much more expensive starting out with Tiagra vs 105. The 105 group can be upgraded a single component at a time.

But I do understand a budget is a budget.

Mercier builds great bikescentury2
Mar 28, 2002 7:04 AM
I have a Mercier Serpens - the frame work and ride is fantastic. AND I also got a great price. I do not think you can go wrong with an Aquila at that price.
Mar 29, 2002 8:56 AM
I think it's important to have a carbon fork. Have you test ridden bikes with different forks to see if you notice the difference?

Definitely go with a triple for Austin. Fortunately, most bikes in your price range offer a triple.

I highly recommend checking out Cycle 360. Don't let its location in Westlake mislead you-- the shop caters to many different budgets. The guys will help you get a solid fit and exchange components with minimum hassle. It also has access to great routes for test rides. Good luck.