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205 lbs. steel or alum. w/ carb fork? Opinions please!(5 posts)

205 lbs. steel or alum. w/ carb fork? Opinions please!sheriff
Jun 17, 2002 6:47 AM
Riding flats, hills and mtns. Trying to keep up with practicing racers sometimes but mostly ride at my own pace.
What can anyone recommend for about $1,000.00 +/-. Steel or aluminum. 105, Ultegra???
My ideas: Bianchi, Cannondale, Fuji, Giant, LeMond,
Raleigh, Specialized, Trek.

My latest road bike was a (get this now! and I still have it... any offers?) A Raleigh Technium 480, 1985 vintage if I recall correctly. Still in great condition but the components 'shot' and it would cost more than a new bike to replace it all.
Please... advice, advice, advice.

The Sheriff
trek @ 236Sruggle
Jun 17, 2002 7:22 AM
I ride a Trek 2200 D alum. with 105 and have been very happy with it. The cost was $1425 new last year. I was 236 when I started and now am down to 199. It has a carbon fork with no problems. It has even tolerated road kill bunny hops with out a problem. Bike has 4600 miles on it so far and I still actually have the original tires on it as well (they need to be replaced soon). I did change the seat this season. I would recomend this bike as a great all around bike for road cruising to hammering with group rides. While not exotic by any means it rides next to and ahead of them with no problems. I have no problems with the rolf wheels but they are now Bontrager equiped on the new ones with threadless headset.
Good luck
re: 205 lbs. steel or alum. w/ carb fork? Opinions please!maximum15
Jun 17, 2002 8:29 AM
225# average weight, Trek 2300. No problems with the bike at all but I wouldn't want to ride it on harsh roads. The pavement is mostly smooth as silk in my area, so the ride is great. I like having the Ultegra, but 105 would work just fine. You can find a good used one for $1K with some searching, or, with even more searching, a new one for less than $1.4K.
re: Opinions please!cyclopathic
Jun 17, 2002 9:03 AM
if roads are rough, climbs are steep/long and/or planning century+ rides go with steel/triples.

Rides under 50-70mi, racing crits, smooth pavement, no steep 15%+ grades and/or extended 9-11% 2-6mi climbs Al/doubles.

1,000-1,100 should buy you good steel Ultegra level bike.
re: 205 lbs. steel or alum. w/ carb fork? Opinions please!NJRoad
Jun 18, 2002 6:26 AM
If you can still find them a Reynolds 525 frame would be plenty stiff for a heavy weight, I'm 215. If you could you find a good 525 frame you could probably afford a better component group because that particular alloy has gone out of fashion.

The only manufacturer still using 525 that comes to mind is Steelman but just the frame will set you back a $1000.