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Newbie to road biking ...... more.....(2 posts)

Newbie to road biking ...... more.....rory1
Jun 7, 2003 9:16 PM
I had posted some questions about a mountain biker getting a road bike here:

http://forums.consumerreview.com/crforum?viewall@@.efcf612

and thanks for the suggestions.... I am somewhat leaning to a trek 2200 or 2300 - and buzzed into a large bikeshop in town and found out:

This year's 2200 - MSRP $1649 - they have for like $1200
This year's 2300 - MSRP $1979 - they have for like $1679

LAST year's 2300 - MSRP ? they have for like $1179....

Now I did a comparison of last year's components and this years on the 2300 and found out that everything is pretty much the same except the fork.

2003 Fork - Bontranger Race Lite, OCLV 110 Carbon, 1-1/8" aluminum steerer tube, aluminum crown.

2002 Fork - ICON OCLV Carbon Air Rail OD 1-1/8".....

Looking at the detailed specs on the 2300's, the 2003 and 2002 are fairly identical except for the fork listed above.

I know SQUAT on road bike forks, so as one whom knows mountain bikes decently well, and knows a 'good' MTB vs a 'fair' MTB - my question is the roadbike fork....

comments on this?

thx
rory
what about bars?andy02
Jun 8, 2003 5:28 AM
If the fork is the only change go for the cheaper of the two. If the 2003 has a 31mm handle bar it maybe worth it due to the increase in stiffness. Ride both make sure you stand up and sprint at least once if you can't tell the difference go for the cheapest. You will be in a good bike no matter which one you get.