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What would you recommend for around $1300?(5 posts)

What would you recommend for around $1300?cyclejim
May 27, 2002 12:02 PM
I've been mountain biking for around 3 years and am finally ready to take the plunge and get my first road bike. I'm at the point where the majority of my miles are on the road, & I sold my full suspension and my Homegrown frame that I had lying around (still have another hardtail which I'm keeping!) and ended up with about $1300.

I like the ride of steel (my hardtail is Reynolds 853) but am not super happy with the weight penalty. I also love the feel of a lightweight bike, but I'm also wary of stiff frames and getting beat up (have had back pain in the past riding off road on stiff aluminum frames) so I'm thinking comprimise between the two. I know there must be some fairly lightweight steel framed bikes out there as well but might be out of my price range.

I'm approximately 6'2 1/2 with a 36 1/2 inseam and 26 1/2 arms. One of my problems is that it seems some manufacturers don't make frames big enough for me. I'm fairly certain I need to be looking in the 62/63cm range.

I like the Lemond bikes, but the largest is a 61cm. The Alpe du Huez is right in my range but if it doesn't fit there not much point. Also have my eye on the Cannondale CAAD5 frames, but am not sure how harsh the ride is yet, but the reviews don't seem to indicate it is.

If you have any idea or recommendations for me to consider it would be greatly appreciated...and as always thanks in advance!

re: What would you recommend for around $1300?gtx
May 27, 2002 12:29 PM
check out the Viner at GVH--steel and $1300 w/Ultegra. He stocks a 61, 62 and 63 c-c.
Another $300filtersweep
May 27, 2002 1:56 PM
Add another $300 or so and you'll be hitting the sweet spot for "bang for the buck." You might make too many comprimises at $1300 if you include tax...
I agree, another $300+ will get you into a better bike.spyderman
May 27, 2002 9:24 PM
A Trek 2300 (Starry Night) is a sweet looking bike... The frame weighs an amazing 2.71#! It's lighter than Ti and as stronger than steel...
re: What would you recommend for around $1300?raboboy
May 28, 2002 6:18 AM
Well, if you DON'T want to spend another $300 bucks, then take a ride (not 5 minutes in the parking lot, take at least a half hour) on the 2 and see which one you like better. A steel Lemond and AL C'dale will feel different and hve different geomentries. I have a C'dale myself and love it, some prefer steel. AL isn't as harsh a ride as some think. Off-road and on-road are completely different, as you won't be hopping roots & rocks with your road bike.
You did touch on an important point. Fit is key. If the Lemond doesn't fit, don't consider it an option.