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On the fence BIG TIME.... need help deciding btwn 2 bikes(12 posts)

On the fence BIG TIME.... need help deciding btwn 2 bikescyclejim
Jun 2, 2002 2:15 PM
I'm stuck trying to decide between two bikes. This will be my first road bike after riding off road for several years and I want to make the best possible decision.

The two bikes are pretty different actually. The first is a 2001 Jamis Quest on sale for $989 (with tax about $1065) at LBS. This is a 631 steel frame with a nice smooth ride and full 105 gruppo. Crankset is a double, it has a cromoly fork, Mavic Cosmos wheels, ritchey stem and handlebar. It weighs in at 21.5 pounds.

The second bike I am considering is from Gary at GVH bikes. Cannondale Saeco red CAAD5 frame with full 9 speed Ultegra gruppo- 1425. It comes with Mavic Open Pro rims, Deda Nera handlebar/Deda Nero stem,etc. I've ridden a R700 (same frame/fork, 105) at my LBS and like it as much as the Jamis even though they are quite different rides.

I'm not sure which ultimately is the better value for me. I may not need the Ultegra components yet but I have ridden a few bikes with it and can tell the difference. The Jamis seems like a screaming deal, while in 6 months or so I could see myself with upgrade fever. The Cannondale seems like a bike that I would be happy with for some time. Maybe Ive said it all? Any advice is appreciated.
you need to tell us:weiwentg
Jun 2, 2002 3:10 PM
your intentions, riding style, that sort of thing. are you going to be road racing? because if you're not, I would say get the Quest and have the fork changed (more comfort, save some weight). the C'Dale will be an excellent ride, and it won't (probably) be uncomfortable. but it is aluminium, and if you're a large rider, it won't last forever.
"It Won't Last Forever"jromack
Jun 2, 2002 3:29 PM
What's an approximation for how long an aluminum frame lasts for larger riders?
"It Won't Last Forever"weiwentg
Jun 2, 2002 3:43 PM
I've been riding for 9 months and weigh 120 lbs. I have no bloody idea.
I doubt I will be racing.....cyclejim
Jun 2, 2002 3:47 PM
More than likely will do med to long rides on the weekends (2-4 hrs) and ride shorter distance during the week. I had actually thought about going with the Quest and changing the fork as a matter of fact to drop a little weight and gain more comfort.
Tres True...jtolleson
Jun 2, 2002 3:48 PM
all that information would help steer you. But if you really do enjoy the ride of the Cannondale, that's actually quite a good price for a full Ultegra Cannondale.

As for lasting forever, unless you are a 250 lb. rider I'd suspect it will last much longer than you'll want to ride it.
True.... and im only 174 lbs...cyclejim
Jun 2, 2002 4:34 PM
Im still stuck on which bike but everyones comments have helped....I'm guessing I dont have to worry about frame fatigue due to excessive weight. My $300 hardtail alum frame held up nicely for 3 years.
True.... and im only 174 lbs...cyclejim
Jun 2, 2002 4:50 PM
Im still stuck on which bike but everyones comments have helped....I'm guessing I dont have to worry about frame fatigue due to excessive weight. My $300 hardtail alum frame held up nicely for 3 years.
Tres True...Leisure
Jun 4, 2002 6:37 AM
"As for lasting forever, unless you are a 250 lb. rider I'd suspect it will last much longer than you'll want to ride it."

How true, and in my case, I wouldn't want to ride it very long at all.

Oh, sorry, but you set it up perfectly and I just couldn't resist. ;-)
I doubt I will be racing.....cyclejim
Jun 2, 2002 4:05 PM
More than likely will do med to long rides on the weekends (2-4 hrs) and ride shorter distance during the week. I had actually thought about going with the Quest and changing the fork as a matter of fact to drop a little weight and gain more comfort.
I doubt I will be racing.....weiwentg
Jun 2, 2002 4:45 PM
at 174, you would be quite all right with an ~20lb bike. could you just get the bike store to sell you a Quest frame, and get a frameset/fork from GVH? if you go that route, or you change the fork, be sure that the rake is identical. ask the LBS for the specs.
Try a different steel frame from GVHakjohn
Jun 3, 2002 3:40 PM
If you have your heart set on a steel frame, pick one up from Gary. Perhaps have him build you up a KHS Flight 800. I saw one of those frames listed for $475 on his site. Just as good...perhaps even better, pick up one of the Viner competition frames built up with Ultegra for $1295. Upgrade to an Ouzo carbon fork for $100. For $1395 you have a nice Italian stell bike :-)