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Is this component mix worth $225 extra?(6 posts)

Is this component mix worth $225 extra?HouseMoney
Oct 28, 2002 11:15 AM
Looking at getting back into road riding after 20+ years. Primarily an xc mountain biker interesting in a road bike for training, beginner-intermediate group rides, etc. (not to race). After test-riding several, I've pretty much narrowed my choice down to two from the same manufacturer ('02 leftovers @ very attractive discounts). Both are within my budget and the frames are the same, so I'm wondering if the difference in component mix is worth the $225 extra cost.

Option #1:
Full 105, incl 105 hubs/Mavic CXP-21 rims, threaded headset

Option #2 ($225 more):
Full Ultegra, Mavic Cosmos wheels, threadless headset

Is Option #2 a better deal, considering the $225 extra (nice to have in my pocket, but I'd pay it if the overall benefit outweighs the cost)? I think my biggest sticking point is the threaded vs. non-threaded choice.
re: Is this component mix worth $225 extra?AFrizzledFry
Oct 28, 2002 11:30 AM
personally, i'd go with the full Ultegra option- but that's just me. its ultimately up to you...
Hell, I'd pay more to HAVE a threaded headset. And for thescottfree
Oct 28, 2002 11:51 AM
purposes you descrive, 105 will be just great. You're going to plunk down ungody amounts of money on things like shoes, clothes, helmet, bike computer etc before it's over, so keep the $225 and apply it to the 'stuff' you'll need.

This, however, is certain to be a minority opinion.
I agree with scottfreePaulCL
Oct 28, 2002 12:30 PM
I'd pay extra for the threaded headset. Will make your life so much easier - adjustment wise.

Personally, I'd buy the 105 bike and use the rest on shoes, etc as scottfree recommended.
Don't forget the fork...Gregory Taylor
Oct 28, 2002 12:08 PM
Gotta add that into the decision matrix -- you may be getting a better fork for that $225 as well.

Frankly, the 105 stuff is great. The only thing that I'd think twice about is the threaded fork. The threaded fork is basically dead, so if one is showing up on a 2002-model bike, I'll bet that it is fairly low rent. Just a guess here. For me, a nice threadless headset is soooo easy to set up - especially one with cartridge bearings - and it's probably similar to what you ride in the dirt. Threaded forks do have their advantages -- quill stems usually have a greater range of adjustibility.
re: Is this component mix worth $225 extra?/another opinionRTC
Oct 28, 2002 1:05 PM
105 is good entry level stuff, but I'd scrap the cxp-21's. These wheels are well known for their short life-span. Then again if you get a GOOD build they may do you better. I agree with the others about the headsets. If it were me, I'd go with option 2. Nothing worse than the old "I shoulda, coulda, bought -----" Fill in the blank.

As long as your not blowing the budget. For that matter you can do baseline budgeting. When a cut isn't really a cut,it's just a decrease in the increase.

See if you can do a little mixing of components,wheels,etc....