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Help! Need Input on New Bike Choice(7 posts)

Help! Need Input on New Bike ChoiceMuskrat
May 27, 2002 4:05 AM
I am 6'1", 155 lbs., very fit, live in the Northeast. Want to cut back on running. Will probably use bike for 2-3 hr. training rides and hopefully, some long all day tours. First rode bike (I have an XTR Superlight for MTB). Choices: Cannondale R2000Si (light, stiff)
Lemond Zurich (nice,but heavier with odd geometry)
These 2 bikes are @ $2000 price point.
Also considering: Litespeed Hyperion/Atlas(alum w/carbon seatstays), Trek 5200. These 2 are $2500 price point. Also, LBS has 2001 Litespeed Tuscany on clearance for $2700. I rode them all (short rides)and I have to admit I did not notice much difference except for slack seat angle of Zurich. Do I need to get above $2000 for my purpose? I am 42 and don't really want to have to upgrade anytime soon. I know it's a subjective decision, but I could really use input from experienced riders. Thank you for your help.
re: Help! Need Input on New Bike ChoiceMJ
May 27, 2002 4:27 AM
is this your first bike?

anyways - it shouldn't matter too much - these bikes are all good quality bikes that you won't need to upgrade anytime soon unless you race - but if you race you'll probably end up with at least one other road frame...

I'd see if you could put in some more time on each bike and see which one feels the best - all bikes have different qualities which are only revealed by putting in some miles

does the Tuscany have pannier eyelets? that may influence your decision if you're interested in touring
Find what suits you bestcydswipe
May 27, 2002 5:35 AM
You are undertaking the most challenging part of road cycling in my opinion. Finding the right ride. 5 people on this board might suggest 5 different brands based on their experience. There are a lot of frame material suggestions from people on this board as well. That's great and all but, you have to decide which frame feels the best. If the geometry feels weird on a short ride. It might hurt like hell after a century. Material and brand names are secondary to a solid fit from your frame. GOOD LUCK!! I hope you can find the best bike fit in the world. Ride what you want, enjoy what you ride!!
tough decision but some good choiceszooog
May 27, 2002 5:51 AM
I have to agree with the last poster. If the Lemond bothers you on a short ride, don't consider it. The litespeeds are always a great choice. Very good quality, fair prices. You did not mention components that are included buut I am guessing ultegra. You seem to be shopping smart. The web has a multitude of resourses that can help. There are also many builders that will help you build one up to your specifications. But you must know what is comfortable. Good luck
Steelman Rules!!JamieB
May 27, 2002 7:49 AM
For the kind of money you're planning on spending, you could get a Steelman with Ultegra for about the same price. The experience of buying a frame from Steelman was a great experience. It's nice to actually speak to the man who builds your bike. He basically goes through every detail with you from decal color to handlebar tape style. It's nice to deal with someone who wants to be absolutely sure that the bike you receive is exactly what you want, instead of going to your LBS and having them try to sell you what they have on the floor. My husband has the MTB, the Manzanita. I'm getting the SR525 (Stage Race 525). You should definitely check them out. www.steelmancycles.com

You could even call him up, and I'm sure he'd discuss with you what frame he builds would best serve your needs. Hope this helps.
all great, go by what fits best and remember can change stem nmishmael
May 27, 2002 8:04 AM
re: Help! Need Input on New Bike Choicejtolleson
May 27, 2002 9:49 AM
There are so many sweet options at the $2000 price point that your main risk is information overload. Folks will starting throwing options at you, then the small custom steelmakers, then the Euro bikes, then the prospect of buying USED so that you can get a full Record/Dura Ace whatever... So don't let the info overload you.

For what you've described (training rides and all day tours), I'll be one that would definitely steer you towards steel or ti, Ultegra or Centaur equipped. There are some ti options in that price range (check out the Litespeed-built Macalu from Excel Sports, or the Douglas from Colorado Cyclist), or anything from Sampson sports.

For steel, if the Lemond geometry doesn't feel right, then you might want to consider some other steel options. The best bang for the buck may be in small steel builders, and for deals on Ultegra-equipped Landsharks, check out www.gvhbikes.com.