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What entry level bike to buy?(10 posts)

What entry level bike to buy?Graydon
Oct 23, 2002 1:49 PM
I'm in need of a new road bike, but I don't know what to buy! I want an entry level bike, with 105 or better components. I'll be using the bike for training, long rides (100 miles won't be unusual) in the mountains of Colo. I won't be racing, and I'm bargain hunting. I jumped on a Trek 2000 today, and the 56 cm fit me well, and it's about the level I want. What else is out there that's similar? What about deals that you've heard of? Thanks!
Oh, and I'll want a triple chain ring, for those mtns.!Graydon
Oct 23, 2002 1:51 PM
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re: What entry level bike to buy?53x11
Oct 23, 2002 2:35 PM
I saw a Felt in the Supergo Catalog that was an Al frame, carbon fork, 105 comps for $995. Looked like a better deal than Trek. It only caught my eye b/c I paid a lot more a couple of years ago for my Trek that seemed to be spec'd the same (although, I got better wheels). I think Trek is overpriced in the Al frames, but I'd consider buying again (if I bought Al). Get a triple.
Scatantte 550, Giant TCR2, Specialized Allez Elite 27MrRoss
Oct 23, 2002 3:48 PM
Take a look at the Scatantte 550 (Supergo), Giant TCR2, and Specialized Allez Elite 27. I bought the TCR2 but it is only a double chain ring (so is the Scatantte). The Specialized is very light and handles very well although it is not full 105. On paper the Scatantte R550 is the best value but I don't know how it rides. Good luck!
Get a De Rosa Merak with Record 10.fbg111
Oct 23, 2002 5:53 PM
heh, couldn't resist. Anyway, here's some real entry suggestions:

Specialized Allez
http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkFamily.jsp?bl=road&my=2003&fan=Allez

K2
http://www.k2bike.com/road/index.html
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/2001/k2mod5test.shtml

Giant TCR2 (which I own)
http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030.000.000/030.000.006.asp?bikesection=8830&lYear=2003
http://www.slowtwitch.com/mainheadings/prodreview/tribikes/giant.html
Economy Get a De Rosa Merak with Sora (nm)Crankist
Oct 24, 2002 9:53 AM
re: What entry level bike to buy?bsdc
Oct 23, 2002 6:35 PM
There is a 56cm Airborne Zeppelin on Ebay right now. Light going up the mountains, smooth titanium ride for long trips, and it's loaded with Ultegra components. You might be able to get it at a good price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1573152188
re: What entry level bike to buy?aliensporebomb
Oct 24, 2002 2:43 AM
I also say that the TCR2, especially what's left of last
years model would make a great value. I paid $1300 for
mine in July, I've seen them for $1000-$1100 out the door
of late.
Gary Hobbs has a $995 special on a 56cm . . .Look381i
Oct 24, 2002 3:22 AM
GVHBikes.com:

Lucky Size Sale...56cm Raleigh R700 Bicycles - $995.

I only have one size, 56cm, but if it's your size it is an incredible value. Included
are a 7005 double butted aluminum frameset with threadless 1 1/8" carbon fiber
fork, red/black/yellow color scheme, NEW.(C-T) Includes Shimano Ultegra
gruppo(derailleurs, STI levers, calipers, crank, cassette, chain); Shimano R535
wheelset, ITM Mantis handlebar & stem, American Classic seatpost, Selle San
Marco Concor Light saddle, Michelin Axial Pro tires, Wellgo clipless pedals and
cork handlebar wrap...All NEW. Measured center to top.

He will modify the build to suit your wishes.
re: What entry level bike to buy?Barton
Oct 24, 2002 12:20 PM
Take a look at the Jamis Quest. Full 105, nice frame, good value.