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Best On-line Buy on Ultegra Road bike? under $1200 preferred(12 posts)

Best On-line Buy on Ultegra Road bike? under $1200 preferredmtb-junior
Jan 2, 2003 3:25 PM
Three years ago I started riding Mountain bikes and I got my first nice bike On-line at bikesdirect. I saved about $500 over the local dealers. And I got the bike quick and it has been great. Anyway, now I want to move into road. And I decided that Ultegra is the best buy when shopping on-line (I have no interest in buying in shops and over paying ~ or buying a used bike)
Anyway, I found three Ultegra bikes in my budget; Motobecane Grand Sprint ($995), Fuji Team ($1095), and Mercier Serpens ($1195). I also saw a VeloRazzo but it was $1395 - which is over my limit. Anyone know of another great deal on-line for Ultegra?

Bikes I am looking at; two are Aluminum and one is Reynolds 853 Steel - any big differences? The site administrator says the Steel frame is more comfortable - but that since I ride a 58cm that all three will be fine for rides of 2 to 4 hours. (I question weather I can find more than 2 hours in any given day to ride).

All these bikes have carbon forks - which I heard was important; but the Mercier has a Reynolds one which I was told is better? Will it matter?

Any input is appreciated, snowing now so I do not need to decide for awhile; BUT I would like a new bike by March when the weather breaks.
re: Best On-line Buy on Ultegra Road bike? under $1200 preferredgtx
Jan 2, 2003 6:14 PM
study up on fit

Kerry "Bike size for new roadie." 12/31/02 4:21pm

and check out GVH
Sniff Sniff, I smell SpamAlpedhuez55
Jan 2, 2003 6:53 PM
Will Bikes Direct ever give up on spamming this board?
re: Best On-line Buy on Ultegra Road bike? under $1200 preferredHeron Todd
Jan 2, 2003 8:14 PM
This subject came up at last year's Interbike show. When you buy a $1200 Ultegra-equipped bike, what you are really buying is an Ultegra framekit, and the manufacturer is throwing in a free frame and fork. Remember that you get what you pay for.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL
We like the frame that came with our $1250 kit.......sierranevada
Jan 3, 2003 6:32 AM
I bought my wife a new Lemond Zurich (Full Ultegra) for $1250, and I am very impressed with the "free" frame and fork. I realize that this bike typically sells for 300-400 more than we paid, but I feel it is possible to get a nice steel frame with Ultegra at this price. GVH Bikes has some nice options as well.
Now, if you want an Ultegra bike that the masters riders at your local wheelmen club will walk up to and drool over, then indeed one should plan on spending more $ at a boutique type builder.
There are good deals out there!!!funknuggets
Jan 3, 2003 7:39 AM
I just sold a brand new '02 Lemond Buenos Aires with full Ultegra for $925. There are deals out there on decent bikes and not just throwaway frames... just gotta find em.
There are good deals out there!!!Heron Todd
Jan 3, 2003 8:37 AM
Of course, I'm referring to regular retail pricing. If you get a $1600 bike for $1200, you will generally get a nicer frame than a bike that normally retails for $1200.

Of course, my bias is for frames over components. You can get a $1600 Heron bicycle (, but you're getting $600 of parts on a $1000 frame and fork.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
please-where did you buy the Zurich from? I want one!jimmyihatetoregister
Jan 3, 2003 10:34 AM
I want to get a Zurich, 55 cm. Supergo will not sell one mail order for $1299. Where can I get one?
your numbers are close53T
Jan 3, 2003 6:41 AM
An Ultegra frame kit, no crap parts, is $975 + $50 for some pedals = $1025. The frameset must be worth $150, the build $25.
Need to define what an Ultegra kit isFez
Jan 3, 2003 9:32 AM
Like you said, no crap parts.

But the poster who has described some of bikesdirect's deals is talking about a bike with an Ultegra group, but the wheels, seatpost, saddle, headset, stem and bars are not going to be as nice. The Ultegra kits on those $1200 specials are worth less.

So on that $1200 bike, you are paying a pretty good chunk for the frameset. It wasn't thrown in for free.

And one final thing: If you are OK with those parts, fine. But upgrading them will negate any savings.
re: Best On-line Buy on Ultegra Road bike? under $1200 preferredrollinrob
Jan 2, 2003 8:49 PM
I was in a similar situation two months ago. I search about 15 different bike shops until I found what I wanted. I was specically looking for a good deal on a steal frame, ultgra equipped bike. I found a 2001 Voodoo Rada, 52cm, built with reynolds 853/725 tubing. I got it for 1099.99 at a bike shop about 125 miles from my house. It originally went for about 1600.00 I also saw a bunch of Lemond B/A for 1250.00 at pacific bikes in the S.F. bay area. Keep your head up and keep looking. Go to as many bike shops as you can and ask for any good deals on last years bikes. The shops want to get rid of excess inventory and may make you a deal.
good luck
here are 2 choicesTig
Jan 3, 2003 10:10 AM
I'd personally go with other available choices from for a little more $, but here are two bikes you may want to consider. has a few OK choices from Scattante (Tiawan made frames) that have Ultegra kits and the new Shimano R540 wheelset (improved over the old R535's). The aluminum $1299 bike uses Columbus Altec2 7005 tubing:

The $999 853 steel bike is also kitted with Ultegra and the same wheelset: