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Best Bike for $1500(18 posts)

Best Bike for $1500thegeek
Apr 28, 2003 7:45 AM
Too many choices! I need some advice on this one. I'm 5'7", 140 lbs, 28 years old and I ride about 7-10 hours a week. I don't race. It's been about a year since I switched to the road from MTB.

My current ride is a 49cm (c-c) 2001 GT ZR4. It seems to fit me pretty well based on Wrench Science and Airborne fit guides except that I might need something with a more laid back seat angle because I can't seem to get my saddle far enough back that my knee cap is directly over the pedal spindle. I want something that 1) is more comfortable, 2) is faster, 3) stops better and 4) shifts better. Whatever I buy I'll keep for 3-5 years.

I test rode a 2003 Bianchi Giro and I like the feel of the carbon seat stays but I wasn't crazy about the wheelset and I would prefer an Ultegra group. I also test rode a Specialzed Cr-Mo Comp and a LeMond Buenos Aires. I felt more comfortable on the Specialized.

Sorry about the long post. Any advice?

When I saw the subject line question,OldEdScott
Apr 28, 2003 7:49 AM
my first thbought was the BA. But if the Specialized feels better, you definitely don't want the BA. At least I'm pretty sure you don't. Doesn't the Specialized have a relatively shorter top tube that most bikes?
Lemond is quite laid back...Spunout
Apr 28, 2003 7:59 AM
but if getting behind the BB is an issue, look at a seatpost with more setback on your next bike.
When I saw the subject line question,thegeek
Apr 28, 2003 8:53 AM
Top tube on 52cm Specialized Allez Comp Cr-Mo is 52.5cm; the 51cm BA is 52.3.

My reach on current bike is 61.5cm. nmgtx
Apr 28, 2003 8:09 AM
Nice Casati/Viner lugged steel, Ultegra build. :-) nmSpunout
Apr 28, 2003 8:16 AM
Hmmm No Test Ridethegeek
Apr 28, 2003 8:55 AM
I'm not sure I could buy something without riding it. Thoughts?

Looks like GVH really does have the best deal around.

Centaur 10s build on a Viner Competition is $1500...Spunout
Apr 28, 2003 9:09 AM
Yes, tough to buy without riding. This frame is from the days when you ordered a Guerciotti, Colnago, Ciocc, or Olmo and knew what you were getting. You only paid/differentiated the lugwork and paint job. They all rode the same (read: Great!).
If the 54 cm Colnago complete bike fits, I'd go with that one nmdzrider
Apr 28, 2003 10:50 AM
test rides are overratedgtx
Apr 28, 2003 9:20 AM
so much is determined by setup, anyway--it takes a while to get a bike dialed in. So if you test ride a bike that happens to be set up just right for you, or has tires you like better, etc., it can throw off your decision. I've talked myself into buying bikes that I liked on test rides only to sell them later. All of my keepers have been purchased sight unseen without test rides. I think it's mostly a matter of doing your homework and knowing what fits and what doesn't.
agree 300% nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 28, 2003 9:35 AM
Yup: Fit on paper, frame material (Steel vs. Al)...Spunout
Apr 28, 2003 10:35 AM
the rest is seat height and stem length.

...In most cases. I'm sure there are always acceptions.
I have an AllezSpecialTater
Apr 28, 2003 8:21 AM
Elite Cro-Mo with 105. Bought it March 14th and have 430 miles on it. I'm 5 10 with a 32" inseam and have a 56 cm. I rode my first metric Saturday (4 hours on the bike) and felt great at the end. About 15 miles were really rough roads (with 3 or 4 miles over something you might find in Paris-Roubaix).

I really love the bike, even though I think traditionl geometry looks better than the compact Specialized.
oh, just wait 'til you ride in alabama. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 28, 2003 8:48 AM
I have an Allezthegeek
Apr 28, 2003 9:30 AM
Thanks for the input 'Tater. Any reason you're a Special Tater? Just curious.
re: Best Bike for $1500thegeek
Apr 28, 2003 9:24 AM
So nobody likes the carbon/alum Giro?
Giro or Gios? At 140lbs, you may not enjoy Al, IMHO. nmSpunout
Apr 28, 2003 10:46 AM
Online Fit Guidethegeek
Apr 28, 2003 11:52 AM
Are they "good enough" or should I pay the guy at my LBS $75 to fit me?