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Best Complete Bike for $5k(22 posts)

Best Complete Bike for $5kTi-Boy
Jan 24, 2003 3:36 PM
What bike/components/wheels, etc. would you get if you had $5k to spend? Priorities are durability, comfort, climbing.
I'd buy...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 24, 2003 4:13 PM
A $2000 road bike... probably something like the Cannondale R2000 then spend the other $3000 sending myself to some exotic destination.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
re: the laws of dimenishing return...Akirasho
Jan 24, 2003 4:13 PM
... at that price point, you're gonna be even more hard pressed to define "best" than at a lower (you can spend a ton o monies to reap neglegible differences (weight, overall performance, finish)... say around $1.5 to $2K...

Also, you'll have lots of options... which means lots of test rides in your future. You're not gonna be limited by a particular material or component set. You'll then be poised to receive the answer from the question by the one person best able to deliver... yourself!

Be the bike.
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kkoala
Jan 24, 2003 4:36 PM
With those parameters maybe a Seven Odonata with Dura ace or Campy 10. Trouble is I no longer have any money for exotic wheels! Oh well excelsports cirrus for under 300 are pretty nice.
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kzooog
Jan 24, 2003 4:49 PM
anything Ti with campy 10
re: Best Complete Bike for $5krrjc5488
Jan 24, 2003 5:38 PM
I'd probably go with a trek 5900 or 5500 frame. Some AM classic carbon wheels, and then spend the rest on Dura Ace components, and whatever else components you want. by the way, i have a trek 5500, and i absolutely love it, its durable, very comfortable (carbon dampening) and its light as hell, so it climbs like a bolly goat!
Honda shdow 1100PhatMatt
Jan 24, 2003 6:13 PM
I got a great deal for only 3000. It climbs liek a monster. But all kidding aside what ever fits and feels great to you.

Matt
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kjtolleson
Jan 24, 2003 10:08 PM
Since you are seeking to combine comfort and durability, it is hard not to think of ti (though that is overgeneralizing, I know). At $5k, you can get a great ti frame with Record or Dura Ace and a set of good wheels (Ksyriums, etc). Seven, Merlin, Moots, Litespeed, Serotta.

The world is pretty much your oyster at that price point, and anyone that tells you that there is a "right" answer is full of it!
what's wrong with this one?Rubiks_Manuever
Jan 24, 2003 10:50 PM
Radial lacing in the rear?n.m.koala
Jan 25, 2003 2:38 AM
Titus Exogrid ...Big_Cog_N_It
Jan 24, 2003 11:13 PM
... with Sora.
Maybe a Serotta Ottrot - see attachedUprwstsdr
Jan 25, 2003 9:05 AM
http://www.roadbikerider.com/products.htm
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kRaven1911
Jan 25, 2003 11:02 AM
I'm with podiumbound.ca...spend about $2K-$2.5K and the rest on yourself. I would get a Trek 5500 or 5900 (with Dura ace) and maybe some nice rims, like Kyseriums or something like that. The Treks respond and are stiff enough for climbing and comfortable enough on the rearend. Remember, its not the bike but the condition of the person riding the bike. You might want to consider spending the other money on a training camp as some of the information obtained at a training camp can be invaluable.
re: Best Complete Bike for $5ksnwbdrhoon
Jan 25, 2003 2:09 PM
Isn't a 5500 pushing $4,000 anyway??? That's not the two grand that we're talking about... Even the 5200 with ultegra is almost $3,000 retail.
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kRaven1911
Jan 26, 2003 11:04 AM
I get discounts from my team so I don't pay retail. I can usually get a 5200 for around $2K. The 5500 is more though, say $2,5-2,8K. But I still would NOT pay $5K for a bike.
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kTi-Boy
Jan 25, 2003 2:20 PM
Decision made! Went with Moots Vamoots, full DA, Kyserium wheelset, Moots Ti stem/post, Shim. 7750 pedals, Prolink saddle, Ouzo Pro fork, TTT Forgie bar.

Still have time to make some changes. Should I get cf post/bars? I'm 5'10", 168-170 lbs (summer/spring/fall) 175 winter)
re: Best Complete Bike for $5kTi-Boy
Jan 25, 2003 3:28 PM
Decision made! Went with Moots Vamoots, full DA, Kyserium wheelset, Moots Ti stem/post, Shim. 7750 pedals, Prolink saddle, Ouzo Pro fork, TTT Forgie bar.

Still have time to make some changes. Should I get cf post/bars? I'm 5'10", 168-170 lbs (summer/spring/fall) 175 winter)
Excellent choice!LactateIntolerant
Jan 29, 2003 11:55 AM
Personally, I went with: Vamoots, Record 10, Ks, Moots ti stem/laid back post, Ouzo Pro, 3T 199s, Fizik Aliante (ti), X1s and Chris King headset. If I had to do it again, the only thing I might change would be Neutrons or Speed Dreams instead of the Ks (more for aesthetics than anything else).
Excellent choice!Ti-Boy
Jan 30, 2003 3:45 PM
How long have you been on it? Any flex problems with stem/post or 199's? Did you get a triple? Where did you purchase? Even though I'm heading off to Jackson Hole for some great skiing, I just keep thinking about the arrival of my new ride and warmer weather.
Excellent choice!LactateIntolerant
Jan 31, 2003 8:09 AM
I've had it since August '02. I can't imagine a flex problem with the stem and I've had no problem with the bars. I went with a double, 13-26 and may switch to 13-29. I bought mine through Sore Saddle (birthplace of Moots) in Steamboat Springs. You're going to love it. Post your impressions once you get it.
one like mine...C-40
Jan 25, 2003 2:39 PM
Colnago C-40, Campy Record 10 group, Mavic Ksyriums, Ritchey WCS stem, Easton EC-90 carbon bars, Speedplay pedals, Conti GP3000 tires, Selle San Marco Aspide saddle.
Motobecane FLY TEAM + FUJI TEAM + Lemond Zurichphil the wheel
Jan 26, 2003 6:34 AM
for my $5000 - I think a new Motobecane FLY TEAM for $1600 would be a great XC ATB that is under 20lbs {lighter than many road bikes) PLUS a new Fuji Team $1100 at 17lbs with full Ultegra PLUS a zurich my LBS is closing out at $1250 would all be nice. and yea - I would have $1000 left over to buy something for the wife and kids