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New Bike Purchase and Component Questions????(5 posts)

New Bike Purchase and Component Questions????shamelessgearwhore
Mar 12, 2003 10:21 AM
I'm thinking of making the leap and buy a road / racing bike and was wondering what people think about some of the components. I am 6'1" and about 215 lbs at the end of Winter. I don't race or ride competitively at all but want a fast and light machine for 50+ mile rides. I am looking at the Lemond Zurich, a Rodriguez, or possibly the Bianchi Vigorelli. I want a steel bike, but I am not familiar with the components these days. I am leaning towards the Rodriguez (Campy Veloce) with the Zurich being a close second but am unfamiliar with the Spartacus wheelset.

Wheels -
Zurich has the Bontrager RaceLite
Rodriguez has Spartacus V (but I'm sure I can substitute for more $)
Bianchi has Mavic Cosmos

Group -
Campy Veloce or Shimano Ultegra

What of these do you prefer and why?

I won't be making the decision based only on the wheelset, but I want to know the advantages and disadvantages of them just the same.
Centaur = Ultegra, Veloce is next down the line (nm)Kerry
Mar 12, 2003 5:48 PM
Veloce isn't too great !MR_GRUMPY
Mar 12, 2003 6:31 PM
If you have to choose between Veloce and Ultegra, and the bikes are the same cost, go with Ultegra. Veloce groups cost about the same as Shimano 105. $70 less than Ultegra. Moving up a quarter step is Campy Centaur, which costs about $50 more than Ultegra. Anything better than that will cost you an additional $300 to $400.
re: New Bike Purchase and Component Questions????geeker
Mar 12, 2003 6:32 PM
Wheelsets: At 215#, I'd be careful about low spoke count wheels. Not familiar with Spartacus, but Bontrager RaceLite has reduced spoke count, and I think Mavic Cosmos does as well. Maybe a hand-built wheelset using 32 (or 36 at least on the rear) hole rims.

Gruppo: Ultegra is lighter and "higher-end". Veloce is usually equated (hard to compare directly) with 105 or a bit higher, though the crappiest part of Veloce seems to be the hubs, which may not be an issue for you depending on the wheelset. Veloce's significantly cheaper than Ultegra. I suggest going with whichever shifting system you like more. Many people strongly prefer Campy Ergopower to Shimano STI.
re: New Bike Purchase and Component Questions????shamelessgearwhore
Mar 13, 2003 8:09 AM
That is a point I have been concerned about, that is the low spoke fancy looking wheels. It seems like almost all the faster bikes come with them these days. I wonder how these will do when taking a curb, train track, etc. I know its a racing / road bike but the reality is that you will eventually hit something like that. I know that any ride I do from my home will have to cross a bunch of train tracks and I will have to negotiate some curbs (getting out of West Seattle by bike isn't necessarily pretty). The Mavic Cosmos has more spokes I believe.