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Bike Choices in the $1200-1400.00 Range(3 posts)

Bike Choices in the $1200-1400.00 RangeTonyR
Jun 30, 2002 9:15 PM
I just got off the phone with a friend who's looking to buy a new bike and has @$1300 to spend +/-. He asked my, but I don't think I was much help.

Other particulars are that he needs/prefers a long top-tube as he is a torsoman (6'3" but a 34" inseem). He has test ridden a few bikes and has come to the conclusion that he doesn't like Cannondale's geometry, which makes sense. He saw a Bianchi (steel) he liked, but it weighs something like 22lbs. and since he lives in the SF Bay Area, and will be doing lots of climbing, I tried to explain that a bike that heavy may be a chore to ride around here.

This guy will probably be riding 75-125 miles a week. He was a very good track and field athlete, is still fairly fit, but is a relative cycling novice.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Tony
re: Bike Choices in the $1200-1400.00 Rangenamir
Jun 30, 2002 11:00 PM
Treks tend (from what I've heard and experienced with my own bike) to have long top tubes. I've also heard the same about LeMond bikes. I'm not sure about the LeMonds.

Would he consider used? I bet that 1400 would get him more if he went used.

Also, does that budget include everything, or is there more money for accessories? Those'll get you for a good few hundred dollars, i think.

re: Bike Choices in the $1200-1400.00 Rangembologna
Jul 2, 2002 5:40 PM
I think you could get a Trek 2200 near the top of that range, particularly if you shop around. Another option is the Klein Quantum, which is more like $1600. Both have long top tubes. The Trek has 105s and some Ultegra, while the Klein has full 105s. I'm new at this, but I think the price point is just above the range your friend is looking at (of course, that always seems to be the case!). Good luck!