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Help on the best road bike within $1000?(8 posts)

Help on the best road bike within $1000?MrRoss
Oct 8, 2002 10:31 AM
I am looking for the lightest/fastest road bike I can buy and stay within 1000 dollars. I am looking specifically at the aluminum frame and 105 equipped models.

I do 40 mile rides 2x a week, no racing, but at a brisk pace. My current bike is chrom-moly and had never ridden alum frame and was wondering if it would be too uncomfortable.

The bikes I am currently considering is the 03 Specialized Allez Elite 27 (Alum w/ 105 and Alex 330 wheelset) and the 03 Felt F65 (alum w/full 105 and XERO X3 wheelset) both with carbon forks. Does anyone have any experience with either bikes or can offer other alternatives?

Oct 8, 2002 11:13 AM
2002 Giant TCR2 on closeout for $1000 - $1100. Bought mine for $1300, now my lbs is trying to get rid of them to make way for the 2003 models. Great bike, one of the best entry level racers for the money. Full 105, carbon stem and seatpost. Heard good things about the Felt and Specialized too though.
Oct 9, 2002 5:46 AM
Secondarily agreed - I bought mine for $1300 and it was
WELL worth the price paid. My LBS is blowing them out
for $1100 and all I can say is GET IT.


Full 105, Carbon Fork, Carbon Stem, Carbon Seatpost,
Cinelli Altera bar, 2.3 lb. Aluxx frame.

I bought mine in July and already have 630 miles on it.
TCR2: I know a sourceweiwentg
Oct 9, 2002 8:29 AM
if you're willing to spend $1100 and get a bike that's definitely of high quality, email me: the guy who sold me my TCR frame has the complete bike for $1100 shipped. the downside is that he only has large and small models, and that was a few weeks ago.
Scattante 550, Motobecane LeChampion, Canondale R500?MrRoss
Oct 8, 2002 1:38 PM
Scattante 550, Motobecane LeChampion, Canondale R500?
Any comments or experience with the above bikes as compared to 03 Felt R65 and 03 Allez Elite 27.
re: Help on the best road bike within $1000?Joshua
Oct 8, 2002 3:53 PM
I will give yoou a strong vote for the felt. I have an 2002 f65, I love it. It is around 19 lbs. THe 02 model did not come equipped with a carbon fiber fork though, so I added a profile brc.

Comfort is all relative. When I was looking for a bike most people tried to steer me away from aluminum, however I logged right around 1000 miles on the bike this summer with most rides averaging 35 miles plus a long ride of 75 and a century. I was comfy on all those rides.

Felt offers a great bike at a great price, you cant go wrong with it, in my opinion.
Felt F75, spend the rest on race wheelsniteschaos
Oct 8, 2002 5:32 PM
I walked in with nothing and walked out with helmet, shoes, clipless pedals and everything to start riding for $980 from my LBS on a Felt F75. I am very pleased with the comfort (the stock seat filters out all of the buzz of the road). I am 190lbs, 6'2", and I ride between 140 and 90 miles a week. Its training the makes the speed, not the equipment as I beat guys on "nicer" machines with regularity simply because I train better.
Felt good...Slip Stream
Oct 9, 2002 5:08 AM
Picked up an F65 this summer. Couldn't wait for the '03s. Have about 700 - 800 miles on it. Love the ride. During long (1 hr+) test rides, the aluminum forked Felt was smoother than other bikes with carbon front ends. The carbon could only add panache. One thing the F65 provides is pedals! Don't forget to make sure the shop gives you cleats. Sure, they are cheap pedals, but they will last at least one season and the cleats alone are worth $20.

If you liked the Felt ride, check out Fuji too. They sprint like the F65. You can get a Roubaix for about the same price.

From an ownership prospective, the F65 needed stardard break in maintainance. The wheels (mavic 21s laced to 105s) needed trued a couple of times. Cables strtched and needed tightened. The bottom bracket on the drive side was not teflon taped and came loose. Simple repair. If you can't do it, your shop will.

Hope this helps.