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Need Adivce-three bike options(6 posts)

Need Adivce-three bike optionspeterofdevon
Dec 19, 2002 5:26 AM
Need Bike Advice:

I'm buying a bike and have the following choices:

1) bike # 1 with Record 8 speed, lots of upgrades, open pros, $1,300. Then upgrade to Record 9 speed or sell whole group and buy Shimano group. -or-

2) bike #2 with Ultegra 9 speed triple, no upgrades, open pros, $1300. Then sell out triple and buy double. -or-
3) frame $700 (use spare wheels plus buy a set of $200 training wheels) have spare stem/bar. Then buy Dura Ace group $820 or Ultegra $600 or use Ultergra 8 speed group from a back up bike)

My bikes and Wheels are Shimano.

Choices 1 and 3 have the slightly preferred color and match my geeky gold wheels. Cost and color are equally important. All choices are in the same low milage condition.

Which would you do?


Dec 19, 2002 5:59 AM
I would opt for #3 because you get the color you want, and more importantly, you will get the group that you prefer. Not to mention that it will be an up to date group.
3 would be my choice, too (but I like to tinker) --nm--retro
Dec 19, 2002 7:57 AM
Dec 19, 2002 8:32 AM
#1, because it's a complete bike, and you can ride it now! Also, you may find that you don't need to upgrade to 9 speed Record or convert to Shimano.

My experience tells me that putting together a complete bike from a frame can be annoying, esp. if you don't have headset press, bb tools, cable cutters, or a lot of space...
plus there may be some compatibility issues as far as dropout spacing etc.

...and option #1 looks like it would be cheaper than option #3.
#1Andy M-S
Dec 19, 2002 9:58 AM
Assuming that they all fit you, I'd go with #1. Keep the Campy group; you can upgrade to 9-speed cheap later on (modify the shifters, new Campy RD, either Campy or Shimano rear wheels).
re: Need Adivce-three bike optionsbsdc
Dec 19, 2002 11:41 AM
#1 and keep the Record8. Upgrade to 9 as needed. If you must have Shimano go with #3 with Ultegra but try to upgrade the shifters to DA.