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New bike time! Budget of around $2300(6 posts)

New bike time! Budget of around $2300JackBoCracken
May 20, 2002 11:32 PM
Using my budget I constructed a list of many many bikes but narrowed it down to these:

Jamis Eclipse
Cervelo Prodigy
Cannondale R2000Si
Land Shark (possibly)

I'm 5'6" and 124 lbs, so not exactly a clyde...Anyway, I was thinking about choosing between the Eclipse and the Prodigy mostly, because I can actually test ride those (as opposed to the Land Shark) and aluminum tends to ride a bit too harsh for me.

The only problem is that the Prodigy is spec'd much differently than the Eclipse...I was wondering how the two bike frames compared, because I figured I could build up the Prodigy to the same spec as the Eclipse if it did have a better frame.

Also, the Prodigy comes with a house brand fork, which I won't say is better or worse than a Reynolds Ouzo Pro, because even if it is heavier, it might ride better with that frame (different frame/fork match ups change the ride a lot).
re: New bike time! Budget of around $2300JackBoCracken
May 20, 2002 11:58 PM
Edit: I know the Ksyriums are a bit overkill but I do race occaisionally. I figure if I have the money for a nice bike, why not get a nice bike? I'm sick of riding something that is too big for me (56 cm Fuji).
re: New bike time! Budget of around $2300Jambo
May 21, 2002 5:30 AM
As soon as I saw your budget, I was going to tell you Jamis Eclipse. I have a 2001 Eclipse and I love it. You can't beat the Specs on that bike. Ksyriums, Zepp stem, Prima 199, etc. Plus, on the '02 you get the full carbon Reynolds fork instead of my Time Millenium.
I'm 5'8" and a bit heavier than you, and I ride a 55. I can't compare to the Cervelo, but I did go from a Cannondale to the Jamis. I love the way the Jamis rides. It's not as stiff going up hills, but it's fast. In your size you can probably get close to 18 lbs. It's the stiffest steel frame I've ridden and it is much more comfortable than the C'Dale. I think the frame has the perfect balance of stiffness and comfort. I'm sure it is no Land Shark, but the difference isn't that big and you save a lot of money. You can't get those parts on a Land Shark for that money.
re: New bike time! Budget of around $2300loop
May 21, 2002 6:50 AM
JackBo--

I test rode the Jamis and the Cervelo. Both are great bikes, and there are plusses and minuses to each. Whereas the Jamis has a better component spec, the Cervelo is lighter by merit of its partial Foco frame (main triangle). I found them both to be well-balanced and evenly mannered bikes. In the end, however, I went with a Dean Culebra (all Zona) in my case for a bit more bottom bracket stiffness and in order to choose my components. I had a $2300 budget as well. If I had stuck to the Jamis or Cervelo, I would have selected the latter. I liked the Cervelo frame more, and components can always be changed. I am, however, delighted with the Dean so far; perhaps it's worth your time to look at them as well.

As for Landshark, I've never once heard anyone say a bad word about them. They are consistent Dedacci steel frames built with solid geometry. The paint speaks for itself. Also, if you don't mind the by-it-unridden route, CC has their (really TST's) 3/2.5 ti frameset at the $2K price point in Ultegra and a hair over $2300 in DA.

Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
Scott
Dude! Your getting a Dell!SnowBlind
May 21, 2002 7:12 AM
If I were you, get the Land Shark. You can always upgrade later to the better componates. The Land Shark frame will be around a lot longer than the others.
Dude! Your getting a Dell!JackBoCracken
May 21, 2002 10:30 PM
What sort of components could I get on a Land Shark?