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Setup for less than 500(5 posts)

Setup for less than 500FivePops
Jul 16, 2003 9:59 PM
I have been mountain biking for a few years and I am ready to make the switch. I am looking for a setup for less than 500. Something that will last and with a brand name that any cyclist can trust. Can someone point me in the right direction?
Look at...Velojon
Jul 17, 2003 2:52 AM
used bikes on this site as well as on-line auctions (Ebay). As an example, you could probably get a nice Cannondale CAAD2 or CAAD3 bike with Shimano 105/Ultegra comps for around $500. These were $1200-$1500 bikes a few years ago but since the company now makes CAAD8 frames, there are some good deals to be had. Plenty of others out there too, but you need to buy used for the money you are talking.
re: Setup for less than 500Jervis
Jul 17, 2003 11:40 AM
Definetely try the classifieds here, but be carful you know what you want. Some of the cheaper bikes on here are older models (80s and before) that have totally different specs from new bikes i.e. shifters, spacing, weight. Also Fuji makes some pretty decent bikes for cheap. Try e-bay, they're posted there all the time.

Are you willing to forgo STI shifters?jtolleson
Jul 17, 2003 3:08 PM
Once a cyclists insists on integrated shifters but is on a low budget, the only place you can save is by getting either a lower end frame or lower end components.

We all too easily overlook the gems that can be had in the downtube or bar-end shifter niche (or get a downtube bike and add bar-ends for cheap). I bought a wonderful early 90s Bianchi Alfana, lugged Tange Prestige, Shimano 600 components, with low mileage and bar end shifters. It is kind of my retro backup, but I got it for $300 and it is really sweet.

If you want STI shifters, though, you'll either need to snag a bargain on an entry level frame with Sora stuff, or find a used Tiagra bike, or something that's been ridden pretty hard.

Just a thought.
why? I got 105 shifters for 110$ at Nashbarcyclopathic
Jul 18, 2003 6:28 AM
if he means "build kit" under "set up" Chuck from chuckbikes can get 105 build kit for ~500$

agree 500$ will buy entry level bike from retailers like bikesdirect/GVHbikes.. Getaway bikes have a few in that range: Iron Horse, K2, KHS etc. KHS has pretty decent Reynolds 520 frame and Sore STI. The only catch frames run small they use c-t-t (actually to seattube top like Trek)