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Help a brother out!(a mtb'er w/ $1000 budget)(6 posts)

Help a brother out!(a mtb'er w/ $1000 budget)tmb
Feb 12, 2003 10:52 AM
I'm looking for a little help, but before we get into new bikes, here's some background.
I'm a mtber a heart, but over the last three years, I have been riding my road bike more and more. I'm 31, 5'11", 175#-180#, and live in sotheast mich.-farmland & rolling hills. My road rides are 15-50 mile training rides,a couple of times a week(depending on the season),I'd like to try a century this year, I don't see myself road racing(maybe a new bike will change that?)
My current road bike is a '95ish(got it used)Raleigh RT 600, Reynolds 531 steel frame, Shimano 600 group. It's a 56cm and in fairly good shape, a little rust starting at the bottoms of the seatstays.It fits me pretty good and there really isn't anything wrong w/ it.
I guess my first question would be,with a budget of $1k,should I even bother looking at new bikes, or ride what I've got and be happy?
Now on to new bikes(always the best part!). Two that have caught my eye-supergo's scattante r-650,ulterga group,dedacciai 7003 aluim. frame,alex alx-300 wheels.
And colorado cyclist's douglas motive 105, diamond 7003 frame, 105 triple group, alex 320 wheels('02 model on sale for $800). Should I look at steel for my weight and riding plans?Anything else I should consider?
Thanks for the help
TMB
Lots of different factors...funknuggets
Feb 12, 2003 12:27 PM
I wouldnt sweat your weight, you could ride anything. Dime for dime, general consensus around here tends to be you get more for your money going used, but then the whole "how used is it" question comes up. Then you have to consider the fit issue. Make sure you have a good understanding of the measurements you are looking for. There are tons of ~$1000 bikes out there. I believe there was another post either today or yesterday you might reference.

chris
sounds like you have a couple of optionsbigrider
Feb 12, 2003 1:18 PM
I don't think you will get comfort and ultegra in a 1000 dollar new AL bike. I don't think you will get light weight and ultegra components in a 1000 steel bike. I don't think you will get a carbon or ti bike.

Decide what is more important to you and pick accordingly.

Make a wise used buy and you can either above.
$1095 Fuji Team 16.8 lbsbrerabbit
Feb 12, 2003 3:49 PM
Forget about a no name Super-Blow bike or Fug-less Bloative. Both of those have OK frames but not much engineering in them. If you are only getting 105 for $1,000 that is not a good deal.

I know a whole bunch of people who got full Ultegra Fuji Teams 2002 for $1095 with free shipping from bikesdirect.com
re: Help a brother out!(a mtb'er w/ $1000 budget)Nug
Feb 12, 2003 6:26 PM
Consider Giant as well. A 2002 closeout should be obtainable in your price range, with 105. As a mtb'r, compact frame design shouldn't bother you (some roadies hate the look - too much seatpost). OCR 1 has 105 triple, longer wheelbase, and TCR 2 has 105 double, light racing frame (quick and fun). Carbon fork, stem, seatpost, both aluminum.
re: Help a brother out!(a mtb'er w/ $1000 budget)scottfromcali
Feb 13, 2003 10:54 PM
I 2nd the Giant option, I bought a TCR2 with 105 its a great bike for the money. I believe its around only 18lbs with 105, thats not bad at all. I would think twice about the Fugi Team, I looked at the same bike from bikesdirect.com before I bought my Giant. All the shops I asked about the Fugi unamiously said go with Giant. My TCR is plenty fast I think you will be very pleased with it.