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BEST NEW $1000 COMPLETE ROAD BIKE? which?(21 posts)

BEST NEW $1000 COMPLETE ROAD BIKE? which?fancybike
Jan 28, 2003 9:57 AM
I saw a post on the best $5000 bike and I thought someone might help me with my situation.
I have a upper limit of $1000 to spend on a road bike. I want a new bike with a warranty; light bike in aluminum; best components I can get; and Shimano equipment. I have heard a carbon fork would also be important.
I am not real strong and want the bike to be light; but I also want it to be fun to ride and be a bike that will last.
I might be able to spring for sales tax on a bike close to $1000 - but not over that. I am looking at a Trek 1200 which seems nice and it is just over $900. Can I do better?
any help would be appreciated

thanks
my size and locationfancybike
Jan 28, 2003 10:03 AM
I do not know if matters on finding a good deal; but I was sized on a Trek at 54 cm

I am in Ohio
here is onejaybird
Jan 28, 2003 10:30 AM
Check out overstock.com. They have a Marin that is full Campy centaur 10 for $950 and shipping is only $2. I just bought one for my wife. I think they have a few 53s left. I totaly tore my wife's apart and then rebuilt it. I dont know how well it would perform if you just assembled it out of the box, but a LBS should be able to do it for you for +/-$50.

Also, dont forget our friend Gary at GVHBikes.com for some good deals.
What part of Ohio and what shop is helping you?gala7516
Jan 28, 2003 4:19 PM
Be sure to budget for accessories that you may not have thought about like a helmet, pedals, shoes, tools, etc. What kind of riding do you plan on doing? Recreational/fitness? Touring? What part of Ohio and what shop is helping you?
thanks - I have helmet and some clothesfancybike
Jan 28, 2003 4:32 PM
but it is true i will need shoes -
as for shops - I have now kinda changed my thinking to the internet -- seems great deals are to be found there
although Manchester Cycle says they will soon have some very well priced Motobecane
I kinda like the Fuji Team - but I really think I need a triple -- as I will be doing long rides in all parts of the state I hope -- and if things work out, I will be moving to Colorado in late summer -- so a triple is best I think
If you can squeeze $200 more into your budgetKristin
Jan 28, 2003 5:02 PM
There are a bunch more bikes that will become available to you if you can up your budget to $1200-1300. That said, there are great deals online, just make sure the bike fits. And ill fitting bike can make you miserable.
yes - but none I have seen are nicer than the Fuji Teamphil the wheel
Jan 29, 2003 1:53 AM
you can get a Fuji Team for $1095 - brand new - and I have not seen any bike nicer than that at $1200 or $1300
Not for anything, but...CJ838
Jan 28, 2003 10:15 AM
Why are you limiting yourself to a new bike. I have never bought new, always used. You generally get more for your money. If a warranty is your concern, just be sure to know who you are buying from. I actually purchased two bikes from riders off this forum. Had NO problems. I got a Giant ONCE frame, Mavic Kysirum Elite wheels, Full Utegra group, Thomson post, Selle Italia Flite saddle, Alterra bars for $1200. When I got the bike and took it to my LBS, they said it all looked brand new and couldn't beleive I got it for that price. There are deals to be had out there. Check it out, and do your home work.

If you do buy new, you might want to consider what the resale value will be should you decide to get a different bike later on. The Trek 1200's have a resale of about $400-$500 in near new condition. It's a nice bike for a casual rider. Which brings me to my last point...

You haven't said what you want to use the bike for. That will also help narrow the selection.

CJ
Thanks - but I am for my own reasons only buying a new bike...fancybike
Jan 28, 2003 2:49 PM
my funds are coming from my father who thinks a bike over $100 is nuts - and he insists that for $1000 it must be new and with a warranty -- so used is out - plus I do not know enough to spot a bad deal on a used bike
re: BEST NEW $1000 COMPLETE ROAD BIKE? which?ken425
Jan 28, 2003 10:16 AM
If you know what you need, you can find a much better deal on the internet. www.chucksbikes.com, www.sdeals.com, and www.supergo.com are all places that have unbelievable deals.

If this doesn't work for you, I would look into Raleigh. They make good aluminum bikes that go for very cheap prices. The name won't impress anyone, but who cares.
re: BEST NEW $1000 ROAD BIKE? if you can add $30phil the wheel
Jan 28, 2003 10:28 AM
the Fuji Team for $1095 on bikesdirect.com seems better than any other online bike I have seen

plus it is Ultegra and under 17lbs

however, it is over your budget - but no sales tax

the plus is Fuji is a solid company with excellent quality
Scattante 2003 R-853 on supergo is also a great deal
but a no name bike and somewhat heavier
Would a Fuji Roubaix be almost as nice?fancybike
Jan 28, 2003 2:55 PM
I had an offer of $795 for a Fuji Roubaix with a triple crank - brand new for $795 - it has Shimano 105 - would it be much different than the Team? they both have aluminum frame and carbon fork. is it worth $300 to get the Ultegra?
Last I saw, Supergo had last year's Lemond Buenos AiresOldEdScott
Jan 28, 2003 11:12 AM
(which is for all intents and purposes an Ultegra bike, with carbon fork) for only $999. Terrific deal. You may have to live near a Supergo store to get it though. Lemond usually forbids mail or Internet sales.
Agree with the Lemond Buenos Airesbigrider
Jan 28, 2003 12:25 PM
I think that deal was the best steel bike bargain on the market. The Buenos Aires is a Zurich with a triple, not exactly but close. Great components for around a grand when it was on sale. WOW
Lemond is a good deal but steel - poster wants aluminumphil the wheel
Jan 28, 2003 1:54 PM
That Lemond is a great bike - but it is steel - I have a Mercier I love - but it is steel

the poster ask about Aluminum light weight road bike
clearly the Fuji Team is the lightest bike I have seen in the price range and that is aluminum -- maybe someone else has seen a lighter aluminum bike that is around $1000 ~~ but the Lemond is not it

one other warning; Lemonds have very long TT and I can not comfortably ride one -- not a very standard frame design in that respect
isnt the supergo bike steel? would it be heavy?fancybike
Jan 28, 2003 2:52 PM
I really want aluminum; as I think it would be lighter and not rust; plus all the shops I visited said aluminum bikes are 'quicker' -- is that wrong?
also I can not drive to California from Ohio to get a bike from supergo anyway
isnt the supergo bike steel? would it be heavy?RJF
Jan 28, 2003 3:55 PM
Supergo has their "house brand" Reynolds 853/Ultegra bike for $999 -- no idea on weight or quality of these, but seem to think there are folks around here who have bought and enjoyed the Scattante bikes.

Supergo also has a house brand Dedacciai 7003-T6 aluminum bike with 105 components for under $800. Again, no idea on weight or quality.
The aluminum Supergo Scattante 2003 R-550 is $769Tig
Jan 28, 2003 7:06 PM
This aluminum bike from Supergo might be what this rider needs as long as it fits. The 54 cm R-550 top tube is .6 cm longer than the 54 cm Trek 1200's, but that shouldn't hurt too much. The R-550 has a compact geometry with a center-to-center seat tube measurement of 47.3 cm, which makes it an easy to stand over bike for smaller riders than the Trek. The 54 cm (my size, by the way) Trek's seat tube center-to-center measurement is 50.5 cm. Both bikes have carbon forks with aluminum steerers. The Trek has triple chainrings which is nice if you live near big hills, and the Scattante has only a double.
http://www.supergo.com/itemdisplay.asp?compflag=0&parentid=20565&company=Scattante&secid=7559&subid=7
The Scattante R-550 has all Shimano 105 9-speed, where the Trek 1200 has the lesser quality and function of Shimano Tiagra for more $.

I can't speak of the Scattante Dedacciai 7003-T6 frame's ride or quality, but I know how painful the ride of Trek's Alpha aluminum can be (but an older version of the Alpha). However, buying a Trek from a local bike shop allows you the benefit of a proper fit (can change your stem to help the bike fit you etc., something mail order isn't good at), as well as convenient service and support. The Trek also has longer chain stays and wheelbase, which could help provide a more compliant, stable ride.
that looks like a smokin' deal on full 105/al/carbon fork nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2003 5:56 AM
not bad - BUT FUJI ROUBAIX is much better - for several reasonsphil the wheel
Jan 29, 2003 11:45 AM
if you can get the FULL 105 ROUBAIX for $795 - that bike has better backing and warranty - plus is lighter with a nicer frame -- a Brand name that has been around 100 years is better to have than a 'private' label for a mail order company
re: BEST NEW $1000 COMPLETE ROAD BIKE? which?Nug
Jan 28, 2003 4:55 PM
I'd look into Giant-aluminum, light, well-spec'd. In your range if you can find an '02. I have a TCR 2 and love it, but for a triple 105 you'd want to find an OCR - more "recreational" geometry, adjustable stem (threaded), longer wheelbase than the TCR's "racing" geometry. And an 02 OCR would definately be <$1000.