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Help me decide which bike to buy.(4 posts)

Help me decide which bike to buy.girchygirchy
Jun 13, 2002 12:09 PM
Hey people, I am currently looking at buying an inexpensive road bike to compliment my MTB. Don't tell me to change the tires, I don't want the compromises that go with cycling long distances on a heavier, front-sprung, non-road-geared MTB with no drop-down stem. So far I'm thinking of the Trek 1000 or a Giant OCR 3, anyone else have any other suggestions in that price range? I saw some Fujis a bit cheaper on bikesdirect.com, but the Trek and Giant I could test-ride. Plus, I think they might be better quality. Any thoughts?
Also, I'm about 6'2" with a 34" inseam...what sizing should I look at, a large? Thanks everybody!
re: Help me decide which bike to buy.GMS
Jun 13, 2002 1:23 PM
I just went through the same thing. It turns out that the optimal place on the value curve, price-wise, is between 1000 and 1400 dollars. I was surprised that the bottom of the line was $500 (which is more than twice the cost of a bottom of the line mountain bike) and the $750's were not much of an improvement.

Initially I wanted an OCR3 but I did not like the shifting. I thought an OCR2 would be a good compromise but it does not have significantly better components.

Ultimately, after riding lots of bikes, I decided that whatever I purchased had to have Shimano 105 components on it, at least. The funny thing is that the reason I decided this was not because 105 is relatively better than Sora/Tiagra when comparing them side by side, but because I found Sora to be somewhat unacceptable on an absolute scale (worse than my mountain bike which cost less 7 years ago). This was especially evident in the brakes.

My advice is, then, to at least ride a 105 bike. The cheapest 105 retail bike is a Giant OCR1 or Raleigh R600 (to my knowledge). Both cost $1000 dollars.

I ended up buying a Giant OCR1. I am 6 feet tall with a 34 inch inseam and I decided on the large frame. You could probably get away with a longer top tube than me (more torso), which would be a LeMond (ride one to see what steel feels like). Unfortunately, a LeMond with 105 is $1400 dollars.

More important than anything is to ride the bike that you buy, especially if you are not sure what you want.

Also, don't listen to anything that anyone tells you, including me.

Greg
How much?jose_Tex_mex
Jun 13, 2002 6:00 PM
Bottom Line: how much are you willing to spend?

Whatever you do, make sure you do not go lower than a Shimano 105 group. I would reccomend Ultegra.

I am partial to Treks. I have a 5500 and a 1200. However, ever since Lance started winning their prices have gotten ridiculous. My LBS didn't have anything for around 1K.

I saw a Douglas frameset with Ultegra at coloradocyclist.com for $1500. It may appear to be a bit pricey. However, it's a bike you could use for years and not outgrow.

Also, check out the classifieds. People buy bikes that are too big all the time. Someone your height will not have a lot of competition when it comes to sales.

In Giant sizes I am nearly 100% you are a arge.
re: Help me decide which bike to buy.jamesdande
Jun 13, 2002 7:56 PM
I'm 6', 175lbs with a 34 inch inseam. I just went through buying my first road bike in the last few weeks. I ended up with a 60cm Cannondale R700. I bought this bike for the following reasons in decreasing order of importance.
1. Fit- the bike was more than I had wanted to spend but when I road went to a bike fitter and road it for a while it fit like a glove.
2. LBS- I wanted to buy my bike from one of the stores in my area because I am really just learning about road biking and my LBSs have and will continue to be very helpful
3. bang for the buck
I have read alot of people complain about the ride but I have found it to be one of the smoothest riding bikes in it's price range. Good luck