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Attention experienced road cyclists(5 posts)

Attention experienced road cyclistscixelsyd
Jul 22, 2003 11:31 AM
I'm currently developing a parts list to build my first road bike. I've been mountain biking for years and place a lot of value in things that work. I like to do things right the first time- saves me money in the future.

What are frames and components you trust and last?
re: Attention experienced road cyclistsfz4vgq
Jul 22, 2003 12:19 PM
I'm a Shimano guy all the way. You can't go wrong with the Ultegra or Dura Ace group for reliability, they are the XT and XTR group of the road bike world. There is nothing wrong with Campagnolo either it's just that in some parts of the U.S. it is harder to find a dealer that carries the Campy line if you need a part in a hurry.
As far as frames go thats a hard one. There are so many good frames out there, some that come to mind are - Treks OCLV frame, most titanium frames from reputable makers (Merlin, Litespeed, Seven, Serotta.....), or a good ole quality steel frame (they require a little more care and maintenance to keep them from rusting but are more easily repairable should you happen to tweak the frame in a crash. Whats more important is to find a good dealer that will help you in your search for the right one (sizing, style, fitting).
Then you have to choose a wheelset, (training, racing, carbon fiber, aluminum, ss spokes, Ti spokes, wonderaluminum spokes, custom built, manufacturer built and on and on.....). good luck.
3x Open Pros on Ultegra hubscyclinseth
Jul 22, 2003 12:21 PM
Vittoria Rubino Pros, Specialized Light tubes (not the Ultra-Light tubes)

Not the sexiest wheels in the world, but if something does go wrong it's easy to fix. I've never had anything go wrong with mine. I probably shouldn't have said that.
one other thing...fz4vgq
Jul 22, 2003 12:28 PM
I might start a yelling match hear but the aluminum framed bike I bought with an Integrated headset headtube has given me some issues I do not like. I know many others do not like the whole Integrated Headset idea either, heck some prominent headset manufacturers will not even produce an "Integrated Headset" because they think it is such a bad idea and will not be around for much longer. Basically you have to constantly check your headset tightness too keep from ruining (ovaling) your frames headtube. So if you want reliable stay away from integrated headtubes and go for a standard headtube style frame.
re: Attention experienced road cyclistsNo_sprint
Jul 22, 2003 12:41 PM
Pretty hard to go wrong with a custom Calfee, Record 10 and Stratus wheels. You could go with a custom Holland or Sachs as well. You didn't put a whole lot of parameters you'd have to work around therefore, I'll guess you have none.

If I had one shot, no holds barred, it'd be a custom Parlee, Campy Record 10 and Campy Hyperons. All the way.