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Entry level bike - Trek versus Ironhorse(6 posts)

Entry level bike - Trek versus IronhorseBill is in Denver
Jul 8, 2002 12:47 PM
Hello all, recently moved from orlando to denver and from mountain biking only to wanting to give road bikes a try. Moving within 15 miles of work on a bike trail so I think I'll give commuting on two wheels a shot. The kicker is I have not ridden road bikes much and don't want to go crazy on an expensive ride right off the bat. So, the review in this months mag said the ironhorse cyclone is a very good newbie ride and the trek 1000 seems to be in that same league. Any comments or suggestions from those in the know? If it turns out this sport is for me, I can always dump higher cash into a better bike and make this one the girlfriend/tag-along bike. On the other hand, if I absolutely hate it..I haven't dropped a whole ton of cash. So, any experience with either of these? The trek has a triple front, whereas the Ironhorse is double. Other than that...I dunno.

re: Entry level bike - Trek versus Ironhorsejtolleson
Jul 8, 2002 1:08 PM
As a Colorado rider, I couldn't recommend a double crank to a new rider in good conscience. Also, you can get the Trek locally... I think the Ironhorse is mail order only.

There are some cheap KHS options sold at Performance Bike Shop, and you may want to check out the entry level Bianchi. Other than that, you'll get lots of advice to shop used (more bang for the buck).

Most entry level bikes are VERY similarly spec'd. Hard to really say that one is "better."
re: Entry level bike - Trek versus IronhorseRoadfrog
Jul 8, 2002 1:17 PM
I agree... a used bike can get you more bang for the buck!
Not a bad idea....Bill is in Denver
Jul 8, 2002 1:22 PM
So...uh, where do I look for used bikes around here?

Thanks again

Used BikesTed
Jul 8, 2002 1:36 PM
I keep seeing people recomend used bikes to people with limited budgets. The problem I see with this is, although you do get the best bang for the buck so to say, most people asking here for advice with very limited budgets are beginner and really don't know what kind of fit .. or what they want. It can be tough if you know exacally what you want and the fit you need but for someone new it can be very hard.

Just my .02

re: Entry level bike - Trek versus Ironhorselaffeaux
Jul 8, 2002 1:45 PM
I agree that used bikes can be a great deal, but like the previous poster said, only i fyou know what you're looking for. If you have no idea, then go with a new bike from your LBS. That way you are insured of at least a proper fit, and service for the bike.

I'd steer clear of the lowest level bikes if I were you. The Sora components are quite limiting to both riding (due ot the odd shift levers) and upgradability (is that a word?). One level higher is Tiagra, and it would be much better as it has standard SIS shifting and is 9 speeds (just like all of the other Shimano groups). The Trek 1000 is a bike that you'll definitlely not like if you really get into biking, while the 1200 or 2000 would suffice for quite sometime.