May 7, 2003 9:11 AM
|I am newbie for roadbiking. The local bike shop (www.wheelworks.com) employee recommended Specilized Sequoia to me. I tried the Elite and felt terrific. I also tried lowend Treks (can't remember the models) and didn't feel quite good, particularly felt stiff wrists. I almost want to go with Sequoia. The problem I have is that Elite is too expensive for me, $1500, and I am not sure about the other two models, Expert ($1100) and Sport ($800). I defintely don't expect to use my first bike for racing. I just want to bike as an altenative of going to gym during summer, maybe ride to work and have fun.
So what would you experts suggest about the first road bike for a newbie? Any other models I should try? What else do I need to think about?
|re: Specilized Sequoia?||andy02|
May 7, 2003 9:26 AM
|try the allez first. It may take more getting use to but you will be happier with it longer. the same goes for the trek 2000(?) What about a marin verona? I know someone who bought a sequoia and now loves cycling but hates his bike. That bike is ment to go slow try anything else and it fights you all the way. Look at used as well.|
|re: Specilized Sequoia?||dij|
May 7, 2003 10:43 AM
|Thanks for commends. How about the Allez Elite 27 or Cr-Mo 27? The Trek 2000C exceeds my budget too much :-( Not sure about 1200C though. The local shop doesn't sell any Marin bike. How long would you think you keep your first road bike? I am not sure where to get a used one. Ordering online may be too advanced for me.|
|re: Specilized Sequoia?||andy02|
May 7, 2003 10:59 AM
|I would go with the allez elite (haven't seen the cr-mo 27 non-elite version) if possible but either is better then what you were looking at. Make sure what ever you get you get a fit kit done! I would suggest you keep your first for ever just get a second bike for faster group/training. I still mis my first one, it was hit by a car.|
|I recently bought an Allez Cro-Mo||SpecialTater|
May 7, 2003 11:10 AM
|as my first road bike and couldn't be happier. I really love the bike and it has the minimum components (Shimano 105) I would recommend. I've put 500 or so miles on it and could not be happier.
I know it's over your budget but I thought I would give you some feedback on the bike itself. It was also over mine and took some negotiating on the homefront to purchase. One thing to keep in mind is the additional gear you might need. Minimum a seatpack with a multitool, tubes and a good frame pump that will get pressure to 100psi or so. One option to save on pedals is to buy a pedal wrench and swap out your mtb pedals. I was able to get the LBS to through in cheap pedals, closeout specialized shoes and a bottom of the line computer, but they would not work with me on the bike price. It was worth the additional money to buy a bike with at least 105. In addition, the steel rides really well and it fits me perfectly.
|I recently bought an Allez Cro-Mo||dij|
May 7, 2003 12:19 PM
|Did you mean Allez Elite Cr-Mo or the Comp Cr-Mo? Thanks.|
|Elite..sorry i left that out..all 105 (nm)||SpecialTater|
May 7, 2003 2:05 PM
|Elite..sorry i left that out..all 105 (nm)||dij|
May 7, 2003 3:23 PM
|I will give it a try and let your guys know. Thanks!|
|Sequoia's a compromise bike||Scot_Gore|
May 7, 2003 11:01 AM
|Which may be exactly what you're looking for if you're looking for a little of both worlds.
Sequoia's designed to provide some of (Specialzed would likely call it the "best of") two worlds. Some of the Road features, lite frame, drop bars, STI, thinnish tires AND some of the Comfort bike features, suspension post, composite bouncy fork, rack points, top of bar 2ndary brake levers.
The bike's a compromise. If you think your riding style will exist in a little bit in both worlds, then it may be a good choice for you. If you think you want to be a "Roadie" i.e. Road riding for longish distances at a higher than your avg. bear rate of speed, then look at a different bike. Allez, 1000, OCR, Nevada City, and others would be more in this vein.
|re: Specilized Sequoia?||MWM|
May 7, 2003 11:21 AM
|There's nothing wrong with a comfortable sport tourer like the Sequoia. It's a nice ride but realize it's not the same as a fast road bike. For used bikes, watch ebay, your local newspaper, maybe a local bike club or check local bike shops. Buying used means you can usually take them for a decent ride. If you're riding for fitness or enjoyment, I wouldn't worry about speed. I have 2 road bikes but tend to ride my hybrid more for fitness - Specialized Sirrus Elite.|
|I'm w/Scot and MWM--it's a nice all-around bike.||Silverback|
May 7, 2003 1:12 PM
|The Sequoia's not a racer, but it's a good, comfortable, all-purpose bike that you can ride for years. I'm not sure I agree that you'll get tired of it or hate it after you've been riding awhile. If you decide to race, you'll want another bike to do it on, but there's nothing wrong with having TWO.... Actually, my main roadie, an Atlantis, has a lot of the same qualities as the Sequoia, and I love it.|
|re: Specilized Sequoia?||blakester|
May 7, 2003 1:34 PM
|I was also looking at the sequoia, but decided I wanted something a little more serious for fast racing and getting more aero when riding. I was looking at a variety of models, and saw a deal for an Allez Elite with upgrades across the board (pedals/wheelset/component group/bars) for way under retail on eBay. Get a good sizing, figure out some models that you like the best, and watch ebay/online places as well as classified adds.|
|Don't let us talk you out of it||Ray Sachs|
May 8, 2003 4:16 AM
|I think a sport touring geometry is just about right for your stated goals. It won't be a quick or lively as a dedicated racing bike, but it will be more comfortable (you can get the handlebars up higher and you can shove the seat back a bit further - both good things for most recreational riders IMHO), more stable handling and plenty fast for all sorts of recreational riding - even if you get into fast club riding and longer rides it shouldn't be a liability. The difference between the elite and the lower models are component choices, which will mostly affect weight (and maybe durability if you ride it a LOT). I'd personally lose the suspension seatpost (the shop can swap that out for you), but find nothing else objectionable about the Sequoia.
If it feels right to you, trust that. If you ride it for a while and find you want something quicker later, you can always get a racer later. But if you start on a racer and can't get comfortable (which happens to a LOT of folks - just not the ones who end up on this forum), you might blow off biking altogether, which would be a real shame.