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what would you buy?(15 posts)

what would you buy?stan_b
Sep 25, 2002 5:19 AM
I got into road biking 2+ years ago and bought a Specialized Allez Elite (2000 model). Overall I like the bike but I'm in the market for an upgrade. I have recently inherited some money and plan on spending $2500 on a new bike. I'm thinking of Cannondale, Trek or maybe Jamis. I don't like sloping top tubes so I wouldn't buy Specialized. Since I'm still relatively new to the sport, I'd appreciate some feedback on what would be the best bike for $2500. I'm not opposed to aluminum as long as it has a carbon fork unlike the aluminum fork I now have.
re: what would you buy?rbb
Sep 25, 2002 5:54 AM
What sort of parts are on your bike now? Perhaps maybe you could upgrade frames and use the older parts- that way a better frame would be able to be had.
You can always upgrade parts- a good frame will last years!
Personally, I'd stay away from the big company bikes, but to each his own and with that said the Cannondale caad7 looks nice. Good luck in deciding and hope I helped even if just a little. Take care

re: what would you buy?stan_b
Sep 25, 2002 6:17 AM
I want to keep my present bike for use as a "beater" bike.
De Rosa Merak with Record 10. (nm)onespeed
Sep 25, 2002 5:57 AM
If you are looking for pure function...Quack
Sep 25, 2002 6:22 AM
any of the three manufacturers you mentioned have great bikes in that price range. But if you are looking for something a little less common with a bigger 'wow' factor, go with a Colnago Dream Plus or a lower-end Pinarello. If you're frugal and pick up your parts on closeout, you could possibly build a full Dura-Ace Dream for about $2500. I recently changed to the Dream from a Trek 5200, and was able to build it with full DA for about $2500. Sometimes, you can even recover the total cost of components on the new bike by selling the old one.

And one other little detail. Make sure that whatever you buy fits you correctly.

re: Depends on the riding.dzrider
Sep 25, 2002 6:24 AM
For $2500 you can choose from lots of wonderful bikes that should please you for many years. If you are confident in your ability to fit yourself GVH bikes (my favorite)and other mail order places will have more choices at lower prices than local shops.

Look for a bike that is designed for the kind of riding you want to do. Long wheel base and low bottom bracket for all day riding. Steeper angles for racing or short fast rides. Eyelets and clearance for bigger tires to tour or commute. I'd pay more attention to the design of the bike than the material. I like steel, but I'd rather do a 300k ride on an aluminum touring bike than a steel crit bike.
re: Depends on the riding.stan_b
Sep 25, 2002 6:38 AM
Most of my training rides are in the 30-50 mile range with long rides of 70 miles. I only ride 2-3 times per week. I have completed 2 centuries but would like to do many more.
My preferences are for "sport/touring" bikes.dzrider
Sep 25, 2002 7:48 AM
They were big in the 70's when I started and are coming back in style. They are light enough to ride briskly, long enough to be stable and comfortable, and allow you to hang panniers and ride on bigger tires. The down side is that they don't handle as nimbly or accelerate as quickly as racing bikes. They are shaped much like Lemond bikes which are well worth looking into. Enjoy shopping, try lots of bikes and buy what feels right to you.
re: what would you buy?PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 25, 2002 6:34 AM
I've always liked the looks of LiteSpeed myself.I'm not sure what the exact prices are on them but the Tuscany is a really nice bike.A friend has an older model an swears by it.
Sep 25, 2002 6:36 AM
a new carbon fork. If you like your bike, but dislike your current fork, swap it.
take a look at AirborneDougSloan
Sep 25, 2002 8:02 AM
I'd check out the Airborne bikes. Even if you don't buy one, the web site is sort of fun to play with, and give you at least an idea of what you can get for what money.

re: what would you buy?The Human G-Nome
Sep 25, 2002 10:22 AM
here's what i would buy:

2002 Look Kg381i Kelme Team Frame + HSC4 Fork
US $1320 (through

Build Kit For Look Framesets
US $217
Offer only valid when purchased with a Look frame Build kit consisting of ITM Millenium bars and stem, 25.0 mm ITM millenium seatpost, Selcof CNC'd headset and black Look pp296 pedals with free arc cleats. (through TC)

Campagnolo Centaur Groupset 2002 10 Speed Model, This Groups is the best value for money possible utilizing Record quality manufacturing and Tecnology.
Centaur 2002 Groupset CAMCENGROUP9Regular price: $499.99Sale price: $419.99

Vittoria Open Corsa CX VITOPENCXRegular price: $54.99Sale price: $35.99 (through

grand total: ~$1993 + shipping. even if you have some else build the bike for you, you'll be WELL below your budget and have an absolutely phenomenal ride.
Sep 26, 2002 5:25 AM
Why does the Look build kit come with a headset if Look frames use integrated headsets?
Depends . . . and yet, a couple of things spring to mind.djg
Sep 26, 2002 5:33 AM
The key thing is to get something that fits properly. If you're not really sure what you are looking for in that respect, I suggest the services of a good LBS--one with a reputation for good fit services. Then, either they'll have something you really like or you can pay them for a complete fit session and measurement sheet and order something from elsewhere. In your price range you are looking at a Trek 5200--pretty common, and a distinctive geometry which may or may not suit you, but when all's said and done it's a good road bike. The Lemond Zurich is well under your budget and Lemond Ti may be manageable. The Canny would be lighter than either, I'd guess, if you like AL. For steel, you can also probably look at a budget Serotta build.

Ordering? The current sale on the Lightspeed Classic at Colorado Cyclist looks pretty darn good--2499 built up with Ultegra. Or I might be tempted to take my set of measurements and order a custom Landshark (filet brazed, custom paint, kinda tempting). Or a Nag Dream Plus built up with Chorus from maestro, for fast but relatively comfy AL. Or a Look 381 frame from total cycling built up at your LBS (or in your basement).
Take a look at Dean.(nm)aet
Sep 26, 2002 7:11 AM