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Which of these 3 should I buy?(15 posts)

Which of these 3 should I buy?stumpdog007
May 15, 2002 4:00 PM
Hi, I am trying to get into road riding as a way to cross train for rowing. I am looking at getting a road bike, but the choices are many. I have narrowed it down to 3 and wondered if you could give me some feedback. Thanks

1. Specialized Allez Al: This runs about $750 at a store I found. Like the way it looks, but it has the Sora shifters which I heard stink.

2. Trek 1200: Cost is about $899 in town. This is a nice looking bike and I heard it is nice with Tegra components.

3. Raleigh R500: Price is about $880. I think this is very similar to the Trek.

Any feedback is appreicated. I am looking at riding about 2-3 times a week 20-40 miles a ride. Thanks again.
Check out Colorado CyclistPatMatt
May 15, 2002 4:17 PM
They have a 7005 Aluminum bike (thier own Brand called Douglas) with full 105, a nice wheelset and carbon fork for $999. If you don't live in Colorado, no sales tax, it won't be that much more expensive and from what I've seen is probably the best deal out ther on a medium level road bike. And 105 is so close to Ultegra that it is worth spending the extra $100 or so to get away from Tiagra. I kind of want to buy one for myself just because I think it is a great deal.
second thatweiwentg
May 15, 2002 4:51 PM
or consider getting a used bike. just make sure you know if it fits you or not.
stay away from Sora at all costs. it's heavy, crappy, and it isn't even 9-speed. Cannondale full Ultegra $1200, Mavic, etc.unchained
May 15, 2002 5:25 PM
It will blow those 3 bikes right out of the water. (It probably compares favorably with many more expensive bikes with DuraAce).

You will probably enjoy riding, increasing your milage over time and in your sport's off-season. Spend as much as you can afford now, rather than later.
Price creep...jtolleson
May 15, 2002 5:31 PM
ahhh, don't torture the poor guy. He's chosing among a bunch of $850 bikes... then we suggest $1000 bikes, then $1200 bikes ....

Seriously, it is truly the struggle of shopping. Quality v. cost v. what do I want v. what's in the budget. Some of the no-name knockoffs (Primal, Mercier, Motobecane, even Iron Horse) also offer high end componentry at a good price point, but I've not been able to guage the quality.

Ahhhhh where does it stop?
Sweet spot seems to be around $1500 (nm)kenyee
May 15, 2002 7:17 PM
Sweeter spot seems to be around $1800 (nm)Sintesi
May 16, 2002 4:34 AM
If you can just go a little higher to around $1,800 or so then you will get a truly fine bike. ; )
Sweetest spot is around $2500gtx
May 16, 2002 6:19 AM
hand built steel with DA or Chorus.
and then there's richard sachs.colker
May 16, 2002 6:39 AM
how much are they going for? there's a baby blue with yellow decals in his galley that had me seeing heaven. and that sachs fork!
and then there's richard sachs.gtx
May 16, 2002 9:43 AM
a lot. But, unlike so many "dream bikes," definitely a keeper.
LOL. How about best bang for buck?kenyee
May 16, 2002 9:06 AM
Maybe we should start another thread.
What steel bikes have the best bang for buck since it sounded like the original poster wanted steel?

Land Sharks from GVH would definitely be on the list, but you're talking $1200. Anything better? I'd assume custom fit would be out of the running.
custom Teesdale with a Campy Centaur kit?gtx
May 16, 2002 9:42 AM
probably run less than $1500 if you get the parts from England or wherever and build it yourself.
re: Which of these 3 should I buy?arslan
May 15, 2002 7:21 PM
I would go for the Giant OCR 3 or 2. GREAT VALUE!!
re: Which of these 3 should I buy?raboboy
May 16, 2002 7:20 AM
Ride them all. They will have different geometries and feel. Take a spin and use that to make yur decision. They are all good bikes in that price range. You may also want to check out the Giant OCR 2 or 3, and perhaps the Lemond Tourmalet for a nice steel ride in that range.
Might I also suggest a Schwinn FastbackGator
May 16, 2002 8:05 AM
Schwinn recently went teats up, I'm afraid, but had in recent years made a real push to build quality road bikes. Their E'lightened tubeset compact frame weights in at under three pounds, and is identical on all Fastback models from low end to high end.

If you go to some of the mailorder houses, like Supergo or Jenson, you can find a brand-new 105-equipped Fastback for @$800, maybe less. I've got the zoot Dura-Ace model, and it is a sweet ride. The 105 bike should be almost as good and sub-20 pounds for much less $$$. Check it out, they're fantastic values at the moment.