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Best Bike for under $1400???(13 posts)

Best Bike for under $1400???niteschaos
Apr 24, 2002 5:54 PM
What do you think is the best bike for under 1400 bucks ready to ride? I think I'm going to be going with the full 105 equiped and 18 pound TCR-2 from Giant.

What do you guys think? I've only been doing research for a few weeks, so you guys that have been riding a while let me know cause hey, experience counts for something.
re: Best Bike for under $1400???kelty
Apr 24, 2002 6:12 PM
Look at COLORADOCYCLIST.COM they have a bike called the DOUGLAS fusion for $1499.00 with ult 6100 and velomax wheels at 17.5lbs much better overall bike.
Less than 1400, that's the cut offniteschaos
Apr 24, 2002 7:12 PM
The problem is that I don'thave a pump, backup tubes, helmet, pedals, or shoes yet, so my budget for the bike has to be less than 1400 bucks. I'll do some research on the Fusion, thanks.
That is a killer spec for the $$$$.Sintesi
Apr 25, 2002 5:22 AM
The extra $100 spent here could save you a bundle down the road if your planning to upgrade. I know how it is when you want (need) to ride now that sun is shining. You've probably been thinking about getting a decent road bike all winter. Saving a little longer could jump you up a level in spec and quality. $1400 is right on the cusp.

Having said that, the Giant TCR2 is an excellent ride for the cash, and 105 will give you a few years of good performance. Trek, Specialized, Bianchi all make excellent bikes in your price range.
One more: Motobecane - Le Champion. $1400 - full Ultegra spec.
re: Best Bike for under $1400???mwood
Apr 24, 2002 8:23 PM
If I were working under a strict budget of $1400 for the bike, I would seriously consider buying used. It seems to me you would have little problem finding a very lightly used, Ultegra equipped, quality frame for $1000-1400.
Other options are to go to and have a bike built, or look at some of the deals on Mercier (Serpens), Cervelo (Prodigy), Jamis (Quest), Lemond (Buenos Aires) etc.
Bottom line, I'm not sure I would settle for the TCR-2, although there is nothing wrong with the 105 group and I've always thought Giant makes great bikes for the price.
Another thought: what will the bike be used for? I'm going to imagine a compact and aluminum framed, 18lb., $1300, bike is going to be a little on the harsh side for longer rides
re: Best Bike for under $1400???fracisco
Apr 24, 2002 9:55 PM
Okay, I'm new here. Here is my recent experience of buying a road bike at my LBS under $1500, knowing that I would need to buy pedals, shoes, and some accessories (cages, pump, saddlebag).

I went to a few different shops. I looked at the Felt line of bikes, Trek, Cannondale, and Bianchi. I ended up going with a new, old stock, '99 Cannondale R600, with mostly 105 components, and some RSX, too (hubs and brakes). It was about $450 less than the '01 Cannondale 800 that I was also looking at.

In the end I figured that the bike was going to be fine for me, being new to road cycling, especially with the knowledge that I still had to buy pedals, shoes, and other miscellaneous items. The bike will not be going slow because of the bike, it will be because of me!

We spent about 30 minutes on the fit on a roller trainer, and I am happy with the shop and will be supporting them in the future. All in all, I spent about $1250 on everything.
re: Best Bike for under $1400???pa rider
Apr 25, 2002 4:25 AM
Checkout some LBS and see what closeouts they have. They may drop $100 from the price on last year bike to sell it. I've seen $1500 bike for sale at $1200 to move it of the floor. Spring time seems to be the time they push the bikes at sale prices.
re: Best Bike for under $1400???No_sprint
Apr 25, 2002 4:40 AM
Let's see, ready to ride under $1400? So, that means after tax, with pedals, etc. Therefore, you're looking at somewhere around $1099 before tax and pedals. I think you're going to have to settle for 105. Too bad. Oh well. Visit a *superstore* with lots of inventory on hand. Get a last year's model.
re: Best Bike for under $1400??? - Fuji Super Liteebednarz
Apr 25, 2002 6:50 AM
Fuji Team Super Lite - I think it goes for around $1400. Very light at 15.8 lbs. FSA Carbon cranks with Ultegra.
If your a heavy guy I would stay away, but otherwise, great deal.
re: Best Bike for under $1400??? - Fuji Super LiteJaybo
Apr 25, 2002 10:13 AM
I'm sorry, but I don't believe a sub $1,400 bike can weigh 15.8 lbs. Call me a nonbeliever but that is freaking light. My GT with full Ultegra and pretty light parts is 19 lbs.
re: Best Bike for under $1400??? - Fuji Super Liteebednarz
Apr 26, 2002 6:18 AM
My race team is sponsored by Fuji, so trust me about the weight. Look at their website if you still don't believe.
re: Best Bike for under $1400???NJRoad
Apr 25, 2002 8:54 AM
Last year I bought my first road bike off the web, I got a fantastic deal. My KHS 500 is a Reynolds steel frame with all 105 except for my brake calipers which are Tiagra. I got that for $650. However since then I've spent another $50 on stems and have been screwing around with my setup for the past year.

Lesson learned...unless you are getting an outrageous deal, go to one of the higher volume LBS in your area and see what you can get from last year for around $1100, let them fit you up right.

You maybe able to get a leftover Jamis with a nice steel frame or a CAAD3 or 4 Cannondale. Good luck.
Lots of Ultegra bikes for under $1400century2
Apr 26, 2002 3:04 AM
there are plenty of bikes with Full Ultegra at under $1400
If you like Aluminum the Motobecane le Champion can be hasd online for $1100 ~ weighes under 18lbs - which seems light enough. I have a Mercier Serpens I got for $1250 which weighes 19.5 lbs and is full Ultegra with a Reynolds 853 frame and Ouzo fork. Point is - if you shop you win - if you dont - who knows?