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Recommendation for $1,500 Bike(5 posts)

Recommendation for $1,500 BikeB2
Apr 24, 2002 2:36 PM
I have a friend that is somewhere in the 5'-0" range and is looking to buy a new road bike. Although I can't convince her to go get a proper fitting, she is very adamant about getting a bike that is specifically designed for women. The LBS has suggested a Cannondale R800, but from what I can tell really hasn't done anything more than having her straddle the frame and ask her if she likes it.

She will be riding recreational organized rides at a fairly easy pace. I believe the Cannondale comes with 105 components and retails for around $1,500. Shouldn't you be able to get a decent "relaxed" geometry bike with ultegra components for $1,500 to $1,600 (her budget)?

Any recommendations appreciated.

gary at + $change for helmet, shoes & shorts NmSpirito
Apr 24, 2002 2:39 PM
re: Recommendation for $1,500 Bikekelty
Apr 24, 2002 6:24 PM
Check out COLORADOCYCLIST.COM and look at the douglas fusion, call a sales person to help with sizing.
re: Recommendation for $1,500 Bikelbarlow2
Apr 25, 2002 1:55 AM
I just purchased a Lemond Buenos Aires, full utlegra at that price range. I looked at the Trek 2200, the BA and a few others. I liked the steel frame and the slightly more relaxed geometry with my longer torso, so I went with the Lemond.

Have her ride, ride and ride to find the bike she likes. I looked for about 3 months then I had to drive 3.5 hours to find the bike that spoke to me.

I have heard good thing about GVH bikes but you can't ride them. If you know what you want then he probably has the best prices anywhere.

Good luck...finding the right bike is half of the fun.
Well, if you cannotdjg
Apr 25, 2002 6:35 AM
convince her to get a proper fitting, see if you can convince her to: (a) take a test ride; and (b) bring you along. Look, it's not perfect and it may not be second best either, but both a test ride and your eyeballing her on the bike up on the trainer are likely to weed out terrible fits, and might even give you a sense of whether she wants the shop to swap out the stem.

The Cannondale might be a perfectly good choice, even if it comes with 105 (which was ok years ago and has gotten better from what I can tell).