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Please help ... looking for a fast/smooth/comfortable bike for long rides(8 posts)

Please help ... looking for a fast/smooth/comfortable bike for long ridesavitar
Apr 1, 2003 6:33 PM
I read that long "anti-trek" thread, I have several questions. I am 41, 5' 10" 180lbs and live in NYC, ride in the park and to Nyack. I do rides in Long Island, usually about 40-50 milers on the weekends, with good riders. I have no plans to ever race, tho I would like to work up to a century. I currently have an Aluminum bike with Ultegra and Ksyrium Elite wheels. I think the frame is real stiff, and it only came in S, M & L.. tho when I bought a more comfortable seat (terry fly) and a shorter stem, they fit me. I would like to upgrade, either by buying a new frame or a new bike (so i would not have to bring mine back and forth every weekend). I started looking and the Trek 5200 or 5500 which really seem like a good deal for what it is. I really want a bike which will be easy on my body (comfortable to ride) and can help me hold the 18-22mph pace they set on these rides. is the OCLV the right thing? (I know no one can really answer that) or should I be looking at a Ti ? sure I can test ride, but since I only got serious last year, I would not know what to look or "feel" for. Sure I can tell the test drive difference, but I do not know what I will like in the long run.

If anyone can help steer me in the right direction... surely you are here....
I have a riding buddy...ArvinC
Apr 1, 2003 7:18 PM
...that swears by his Parlee carbon fiber bike. He does LONG, fast tours every other weekend and says that aside from being light and stiff, a really good carbon frame will limit the persistent road "buzz" that eventualy finds its way to your body, hands and arms. After 50+ miles, your body may feel a bit fresher because of it. And, this is a guy who has a Ti Merlin hanging in his garage...says that Ti is nice, but not as comfortable as carbon.

After talking with him and trying out a bunch of bikes, I settled on a Kestrel Talon. Of all the bikes I tried, I liked the Kestrel and Litespeed Tuscany the most...but noticed that the Kestrel was "smoother" feeling bike than the Litespeed.

Just my .03 cents...Cheers!
re: Please help ... looking for a fast/smooth/comfortable bike for long ridesflying
Apr 1, 2003 9:34 PM
Boy I cannot say enough good things about the Look Bikes.
They really fit the bill for what you described
I have been riding a 381i for awhile now & I am constantly amazed by its comfort & manners.
It descends like a bat outs hell & I am 10x's more confident on it than I was on my Colnago which was an excellent bike too. But this geometry just works better for me. Climbs like an angel & the flats are ridden effortlessly for long periods in the drops. What a difference a well mannered bike makes in this department.
Unlike a OCLV type of carbon I think you will find the lug & tube carbon bikes much more comfortable.But as always try them both & see what works for you.
re: Please help ... looking for a fast/smooth/comfortable bike for long ridesavitar
Apr 2, 2003 4:25 PM
thank you for the feedback. I am interested in the Look 381i but I am concerned it might be too stiff. As I have been told of the Trek 5900. I am really out for Light/fast/comfort .. is there a lesser model which might be a bit smoother? At the speeds I ride I would sacrafice weight for comfort. I am still leaning towards the Trek 5500, but would like to get something a bit more exotic.. like a Wilier?
Not too stiff!look271
Apr 2, 2003 4:42 PM
I'm almost the same size as you, 5'11" 185 lbs (44 y/o!). The kg 361 uses the same rear triangle as the 381 so I think that I am safe in saying that they would ride similar. Either the 381 or 361 would be an excellent choice, the 361 having traditional round tubes as opposed to the 381's shaped tubes and integrated headset. The geometry is identical.
You took the words right out of my mouth!look271
Apr 2, 2003 4:35 PM
My new kg 361 and my old 271 are smooth, comfortable, stable, and fast. I just took the 361 out today for a good flogging and I am amazed, it's even better than the 271. Right now Excel and Jennison had limited sizes available for good prices. It would be worth your time to check them out!
How about Rambouillet or Atlantis? (nm)retro
Apr 2, 2003 9:04 AM
Only problem with an Atlantis for a rider 5'10"lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Apr 2, 2003 12:56 PM
is that he may end up on a 56cm frame. 56cm and smaller Atlantis's come with 26" wheels. Not a problem if that's what you like. Otherwise a wonderful frame. I just purchased one myself. Outfitted with the right components they don't look as mountain bikey as their website makes them appear.