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Question(6 posts)

May 6, 2002 6:47 AM
I am new to road bicycles, i thinking in buying a road bike, my two options are a ciocc 7005 w/veloce and proton wheels or the 2002 jamis comet w/ultegra and ksyrium wheels.
Like I said i don't know about road bikes, i have several friends telling me go for the ciocc, but others telling me go for the jamis.
Any kind of advise will be greatly apreciated
AnswerDave Hickey
May 6, 2002 7:08 AM
Let's say you you have choice between two cars. Both cars are the same price. One is a Sexy Italian sports car with a rather plain 6 cylinder engine and stock wheels. The other car is rather plain looking Japanese body style but with a super-trick engine and custom wheels. Whick car would you buy? Of the would buy the Italian car, go with the COICC. If you'd go for the Japanese car, go with the Jamis.
May 6, 2002 9:35 AM
Could not agree with this posting more. Racing bikes are getting much more affordable with little sacrifice in quality and performance. I have ridden a lot of expensive frames, and from my perspective, it is hard to beat the ride of my Giant TCR, especially for the $$$.
my opinion:SteveO
May 6, 2002 7:35 AM
Cyclists (like any other hobbiests) tend to push starters towards their desires, likes, etc. Honestly meaning to be helpful, their options are not(necessarily) the best investment for the beginner.

If youre new to road biking, I'd start with a lower-end bike, or better yet, a used mid-range. Spending less minmizes loss if you become disinterested. If you remain interested, it gives you an inexpesive way to formulate an idea of what you want in your next, 'higher' end bike.

The bikes youre considering are nice, but would be an expensive doorstop should you find you dislike roadbiking.
This is the best advice ....Lowend
May 6, 2002 1:11 PM
That is the best response I have ever heard for Newbies. I congratulate you for saying that buying a lowend bike is OK to see if road biking is right for you.
Thank you from someone who is very happy with his Trek 1000, even after every one said spend more to get the next level.
Go for a De Rosa Merak. nmonespeed
May 6, 2002 8:26 AM