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New Road Bike(5 posts)

New Road Bikehallcd7
Jun 13, 2002 5:41 AM
MTB rider wants to get a road bike for training. $600 available tops. Insists on buying new bike. Anyone have suggestions on brands? So far Giant OCR3, Fuji Finest are the choices.

Put slicks on your MB and $550 in your pocket.Silverback
Jun 13, 2002 7:23 AM
I know, you insist on a new bike. And if you do, buy whatever you can get for that price--the market's really competitive, and there's not much difference among brands. But if you're only going to use the roadie as a trainer for mountain biking, why not just put road tires, with or without their own wheels, on the bike you have? You'll save $300-$550, you'll be training on the bike you're going to race and the small performance difference doesn't matter, because you're riding for exercise anyway.
I second thatLowend
Jun 13, 2002 7:41 AM
Buy a second set of rims and some slicks. Mavic 221 with lx hubs would be fine. Since you want to ride the road for training purposes, like Silverback said "you'll be training on the bike you are going to race"
I use to use slicks on my MTB for commutng. Rides great, but I ended up getting a Trek 1000 ($540) for the commute this year. Makes the commute a little faster. Well, thats what I told the wife.
If he wants it for training....tronracer
Jun 13, 2002 7:26 AM
Get a fixed gear. Bianchi Pista. $550 + tax
your MTB will do fine...rockbender
Jun 13, 2002 9:18 AM
Before buying a road bike, I did quite a bit of road riding on my mountain bike. Get some Pasela's (1.1" tires)on a wheelset with an 11-25 cassette and you'll be smoking. Also, if you put bar ends on that are slightly angled downward you can reach out a bit and get a little lower profile.

I did this setup, along with getting a 50T chainring, on my old C'dale hardtail mountain bike... old 7 speed with Magura hydrastops and suspension fork... for the Cycle Oregon tour (6 days of 80+ miles/day supported tour) and it worked quite well. I suppose it helped being in good shape too, but I really got some odd looks hanging in pace lines with all the Colnago and Litespeed boys. They were always looking back to see if they dropped me, and were even more surprised when i took my turns pulling!