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upgrade or new bike (beware, this one's a book)...(9 posts)

upgrade or new bike (beware, this one's a book)...JS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2002 6:05 AM
the summary:

upgrade the '00 specialized allez sport (105 mix, AL), or sell it and reinvest in a sub-$1500 ultegra-equipped steed. I weigh between 190 and 200#, mostly a big-gear masher with lots of power out of the saddle and OTF like a scalded cat (though i'm not much for staying away after the jump).

the purpose of the new one would be as a crit/rr/fast group ride tool, shorter rides (less than 80 miles), and as a backup to my bianchi. the bianchi now serves as a bailout bike, with its triple and 12-27 (and may soon get a mtb rear derailleur w/a 12-34) for hilly, long rides. the wheelsets would be interchangeable between the two.

the soliloquy

so, i'm thinking (yep, i know how dangerous that can be): upgrade the specialized, or sell it and reinvest?

'00 specialized allez a1 sport
58 cm
105 STI with specialized crankset
cxp21 rims/ritchey hubs
etc. etc. etc.

to bring it up to snuff, i'm thinking replace the:

wheelset (plus tires, tubes, tape, cassette)
new chain
stem/bar
[[ and this does not include replacing the AL fork ]]

= ~$500, conservatively

probably putting the bike on ebay, as is, would net $600-$800, or so they're going in recent auctions. i could roll that as an initial investment into a more suitable frame with ultegra and an open pro wheelset, for under $1500 for the total bike, including either shipping, or tax. i'm thinking gvhbikes.com at present, just 'cuz i've had such good experiences with him to date--but i'm always open to suggestions.

the options

with gvh in mind, there's the zeus roubaix, "Columbus Altec Plus aluminum w/Reynolds Ouzo Comp threadless carbon fiber fork", about which i'm able to find NOTHING on the 'net. i do know that they're manufactured by the same folks that make orbea, and zeus frames were ridden by the euskadel (sp?) team as recently as '98. i also see that they are of spanish manufacture, and have been around for some time. i've read the archives here, too. it's the right price, and also has the "gee whiz" factor of being different than every other cannondale you see at the group rides or local crits.

I was hot to trot for a few days about the caad5 team replica he has, "Cannondale oversized aluminum w/Slice Prodigy threadless 1 1/8" carbon fiber fork, Campy integrated headset", but i'm not totally sure about getting a c'dale just yet. it's the right price, if a little high in the range. i want to keep it under $1500, for principle--any more than that, and i'm afraid i'll be more inhibited riding it. in comparison to the caad5, gvh indicated the zeus as a strong and lighter, yet crit-cut type of frame, in the same price range. no "gee whiz" factor, 'cept the paint scheme is pretty darned spiffy.

another option is the viner competition, "Dedacciai Zero Tre, a double butted (lugged) chromoly tubing", with a Look CF fork. yep, i know it's steel, but i'm having a pretty good run here on the merckx. feels pretty responsive in comparison to my AL bikes. on the specialized and the bianchi (both AL), the frame flex around the bb is unquestionable when climbing or putting in interval-type efforts. on the merckx, no such flex...the viner comes in between 21.5 and 22 pounds, fully dressed. besides the rain factor, why would this not make a good crit/rr bike? the price is right, and the "gee whiz" factor is there. heavy, compared to the others?

or, other suggestions?
DUDE! You're a bike buying maniac! (NM)mikebikr
May 21, 2002 6:34 AM
nope...just buying & selling. numbers are staying the same. nmJS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2002 9:30 AM
why not just ride the Merckx for a while? nmgtx
May 21, 2002 6:42 AM
this is "upgrade or replace existing bike",...JS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2002 9:30 AM
already in the stable. merckx is good for everything else, but i don't want to subject it to squirrely group rides and mock races, or crits and otherwise. the bike i currently have for that specific purpose (and for rain rides) is a bit large, has a crappy wheelset, questionable 105 mix, and (IMO) needs some work. so, the question is: $500ish to get this thing up to snuff, not including replacing the fork for carbon, and then--is the frame worth keeping? or...sell it for $500+, then put another $1000 into an entry-level race-caliber ride.
sell it if it's too largegtx
May 21, 2002 10:24 AM
but the Merckx ain't no wallflower--those bikes are built for abuse. So I'd sell the bike that doesn't fit and just ride the Merckx. If you still want something else, then, sure, get it--but maybe it should be something you won't want to replace or upgrade later? Have you seen the Titus Drop U? That would be my choice for a fast and not too pricey AL race bike. Hammerheadbikes.com should have a good price on those. Good luck.
CAADDark Sonix
May 21, 2002 8:52 AM
if you like cannondale, you might want to look at their frame trade-in program. you can bring in any old frame and get a discount on a new CAAD. i am not sure how sweet of a deal it is, but might be worth looking into.
re: upgrade or new bike (beware, this one's a book)...weiwentg
May 21, 2002 9:11 AM
crits? road races? fast rides? sounds like a job for the TCR!!! which GVH carries!!!
how tall are you? JohnG is selling his medium frame, but that might not fit. then again, M and L frames are pretty easy to find (try finding a small frame on eBay - I got lucky. very lucky).
dude, you need to go see bike buyers anonymous ...tarwheel
May 21, 2002 11:36 AM
You barely got the Merckx out of the box, and you're talking about another bike? And you just got the Surly last fall? What does the wife have to say about this? Mine would have a cow.