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Road Bike Recommendations?(22 posts)

Road Bike Recommendations?Timbo27
May 2, 2003 10:01 AM
I ride an 8 year old Cannondale touring bike. I would like to buy a lighter road bike for hilly century's around the Seattle area. I am almost 50 so a smooth ride is also important to me. I owned a Klein about 8 years ago but found the ride too stiff. I'm 6'2" and weigh 190. I don't have a problem buying a used bike and can spend around $2,500. I would appreciate any recommendations you provide.
re: Road Bike Recommendations?No_sprint
May 2, 2003 10:26 AM
Check out Land Shark. Many are sold at gvh bikes.
Wow!!! An actual budget over $500funknuggets
May 2, 2003 10:27 AM
If you are looking for a truly "smooth" ride, go carbon. You can find all kinds of used carbon bikes for that kind of $$$.

Just flipped open the most recent Colorado Cyclist and see you can get a Fondriest P4 Carbon with full Ultegra 9 for $2649, and that is brand spankin' new.

So, Im quite certain you will find all kinds of deals for that kind of jack. It is far more common for people to say... what is the best road bike under $700 or something like that and that is much harder. In fact, I just saw a new Trek 5200 at Kozy Cyclery with Ultegra for $2,499, so there are plenty of nice new items to to meet your needs.

Who builds steel frames in the NorthWest?Spunout
May 2, 2003 10:31 AM
Just thinking out loud, but you know how aluminum rides. Even compared to your Cannondale tourer, a steel ride would be better IMHO.

Custom? No problem from Landshark or similar. Don't worry about superlight, you'll save a pound which is nothing compared to your weight.

Vanilla is in Portland, OR(nm)lampshade
May 2, 2003 10:38 AM
Yep, I second VanillaRJF
May 2, 2003 11:07 AM
My current lust bike, built just a few miles from my house. Road frames start around $1100, custom made to your heart's delight. They just revamped their website too --
May 2, 2003 1:38 PM
nice looking bikes and very reasonable pricing
double wowalansutton
May 2, 2003 2:42 PM
where the heck do I sign up? Any UK dealers yet?!
ditto on everyone's commentssn69
May 2, 2003 3:38 PM
I've spoken with Sacha via email before and he was very friendly and easy to e-talk with. The new website is a huge improvement over the old one. I think I need to finally link it to Santa-wife.
my new favourite taste in bikes.colker
May 2, 2003 4:34 PM
and the coolest brand website i've seen. this guy is goin to happen..
DeSalvo in southern Oregon too.rockbender
May 2, 2003 11:32 AM

beautiful bikes!
Who builds steel frames in the NorthWest?moschika
May 2, 2003 12:28 PM
Curtlo builds custom steel out of Winthrop WA. you could get a custom fit steel frame and full DA or Record for around your budget.

i have one of his mtbs and it's a great riding bike. he's also a great guy to work with. my next road bike will most likely be from him.

as for comfort get one with the 'flex-stays'. they work really well on my mtb without added flex when standing and climbing which i do a lot of.
Who builds steel frames in the NorthWest?--LYON!harry hall
May 3, 2003 12:17 PM
Jeff Lyon in Grants Pass, OR, a supa-fine fillet brazer (will do lugs, too) with thirty years experience, hundreds upon hundreds of frames built and they start under $1000.
An excellent underknown builder.
Custom Steel...or off the rack Titaniumss-nyc
May 2, 2003 10:46 AM
For that budget I say forget about used. You can easily get a custom steel or off the rack Titanium with Ultegra. I would personally go with custom steel since I cannot fit standard frames but if I did fit standard frames I would go Titanium.

I think Aluminium is too stiff in any size and I would worry to much about taking care of carbon not to mention that I have heard it can "feel" either "stiff" or "dead" depending on the manufacturer.


Cutom = Steel
Standard = Titanium

All the small builders are great so I cannot choose one of the other. Check out,, etc.
re: Road Bike Recommendations?Mariowannabe
May 2, 2003 10:51 AM
Desalvo Cycles is in Oregon - not too close to Seattle, but at least its in the same time zone! He's a master framebuilder and works in ti and steel (lugged if you want it). My buddy has one and its beautiful. Mike Desalvo is a great guy, good to work with, and you could probably squeek in for $2500 for a custom.
I just got a LeMond Zurichjimmyihatetoregister
May 2, 2003 11:02 AM
After riding a 12 yr old Pinarallo. Its a nice bike.
Trek 5200dtufts
May 2, 2003 11:22 AM
I'm 6'3" 185 and really like the smooth ride of my trek 5200 (62 cm) that I picked up a couple of months ago at that price. Many on this board might think its not fancy enough, that doesn't bother me. You should put it on your list of bikes to test ride.
Second the TrekCHRoadie
May 2, 2003 1:49 PM
There's a reason you see a billion of them on the road, and it's not just 'cause Lance rides one. I love my Trek 5500, and I could not believe the difference between it and my aluminum Bianchi. It smooths road vibration and climbs like a banshee.
Jeff Lyon makes a mighty nice bike too.dzrider
May 2, 2003 12:40 PM
I got one from GVH and find it an excellent all around bike. Long wheel base for comfort, eyelets for racks, light and stiff enough to perform well. It's well within your budget.
go with a 2003 lemond maillot juanecyclist of all trades
May 2, 2003 6:59 PM
durace and reynolds 853. $2600 msrp. lifetime warranty. hard to beat.
if you'd like to build your own....eflayer
May 2, 2003 9:04 PM
I am about the same age and height and my new favorite road bike was relatively cost effective and I love the ride. I bought a TST ti frame for $600 and put a DA triple build kit on it for about another $1200. I also have a Riv Rambouillet and a Waterford RS22, but I really like the ride and looks of my stealth TST. I now enjoy my bars up high and the ti ride is smooth and responsive. If you'd like to have look it is in this custom gallery at:
if you'd like to build your own....ripper
May 5, 2003 10:05 PM
second the TST. great bike for the money and oh so comfortable. the head frame builder is a really good guy too.