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Cannondale/Trek(6 posts)

May 8, 2003 10:25 AM
I'm just about to sell my dual slalom mountain bike, and with the money I get from that, i'm looking to get a racer, for around the grand mark (£1000, i'm from UK by the way). I've looked around briefly and taken two early options of a Cannondale R600 or a Trek 1500, or 1400. These are the only two suitable (i think) bikes that I have found so far, the components look allright to me, but i'm not completely sure about racing componenets, only MTB. A bit of feedback on my choices would be good, and any other options I could take......

Careful what you ask for...Steve_0
May 8, 2003 10:43 AM
Although the equipment-snobs around here may disagree, the 105 components on the 1400 are MORE than adequate for racing, let alone general-purpose road-riding. 105 is ~slightly~ heavier than the less-durable ultegra and mmuch-less durable DA (you'll never realize the difference). 105 is the best deal going, IMO.

Combined with the carbon fork, youre looking at a pretty good deal in the 1400, IMO.
Careful what you ask for...mindgam3
May 8, 2003 10:52 AM
kk, sounds good, i'm testing the R600, 1500 and 1400 this weekend to check the differences out. Any ideas about the cannondale then, seeing as though it's exactly the same price as the 1400?. And just a quick newbie racer q... are the wheels on these 3 bikes all common diameter, they just looked quite small when i went to look at them today, but maybe its because of the thinner tyres, as i'm used to looking at MTB's all the time. Any help appreciated.

Careful what you ask for...Steve_0
May 8, 2003 11:09 AM
the R600 has 105 also. Select whichever model fits you better.

All modern roadbikes have 700c wheels (ok, some tiny models and TT/Tri steep-geometry bikes have 650c, but you'll know when you come across those).
Lots of good optionsjptaylorsg
May 8, 2003 1:01 PM
I made the same switch to road bike a year or so ago. Another option that I think is in your price range is the Giant OCR 1 (maybe even the TCR2, but I think that might be a bit pricey). The CDale and Trek options are good, but I think if you don't mind the adjustable stem, the OCR1 is a tough-to-beat price point for all 105 components. I have a 2002 model, and I love the way it rides (after changing the saddle). Look around, and ride a bunch of bikes - and get fitted!
Get the Trek ... Please! -nmbenja15
May 8, 2003 7:37 PM