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Best Bike for $2000.00(15 posts)

Best Bike for $2000.00redglobal
Jul 22, 2003 2:34 PM
Any comments on bikes in the $2000.00 range I need to buy one in two days. I am a mountain biker just getting into the roadie thing. And I do love steel but will go with the best deal. Thanks for any info
re: Best Bike for $2000.00bburgoyne26
Jul 22, 2003 3:16 PM
I'm looking for about the same thing. I am ready to switch from aluminum to steel and am looking at a LeMond Zurich. Right in your price range. Jamis also has some great values for even less.

What are your choices locally?
re: Best Bike for $2000.00globalhelipimp
Jul 22, 2003 3:16 PM
I just bought a 2003 Lemond Zurich and am very pleased with
it. Steel frame, full Ultegra, CF fork; $1899 w/o tax.

I was, rather still am, new to road biking, and after
testing Klein, C-dale, and Trek, I enjoyed the feel of the
Lemond best.

200 miles and going strong ..
re: Best Bike for $2000.00rayclark
Jul 22, 2003 6:47 PM
Hard to beat the Lemond Zurich in that price range. I bought a 2003 in April. Have a little over 900 miles on it. Love every minute of it. Great ride. Got it for $1700 out the door.

RC
the Lemond Zurich is not as good a buy as it used to beET
Jul 23, 2003 6:09 AM
They've quietly dumbed down the stays. Up until at least 2001 (not sure about '02), the stays were made out of Reynolds 853 just like the main frame. Now they're not. They use an older and heavier metal instead. Maybe that's a better choice for heavier riders, but worse for everyone else who could've had sweet, 100% pure 853. I think 853 stays are no longer made by any mfctr (perhaps in part due to some of them switching to carbon stays). But I hate it when they go backwards in design, especially when the price doesn't come down accordingly.
I believe you are thinking of the Buenos Airesjtolleson
Jul 23, 2003 2:43 PM
where the rear triangle is now 525 tubing. I think the entire Zurich frame is still 853, and I still think that for those shopping production bikes at this price point it is very hard to beat the Zurich.
I believe you are thinking of the Buenos Airesrussw19
Jul 23, 2003 7:00 PM
You are right... Buenos Aires is 853 Select... which means 853 main triangle, 525 stays and head tube. It's spec'd as all Ultegra with the following exceptions... 105 Front Derailleur, BB, and Cassette, and Bontrager Select Wheels (which are last year's model), and a Cane Creek Headset.

The Zurich is full 853 with full Ultegra, and Bontrager Race Lites. The only exception is the Cane Creek headset because Shimano still doesn't make a threadless headset.

By the way, for those of you who may be wondering... the reason behind using 525 stays (other than financial) is because 525 is significantly less stiff (harsh to beginning riders) than 853. They use it to soften up the rear end to give it the "steel is real" feel to the frame. And of course it saves boatloads of money. But someone else mentioned (ET I think) that they "dumbed down the stays" they did that in response to feedback about the frames being too harsh. Top end riders want stiff steel... recreational and weekend warrior riders want comfort steel. Trek (owners of Lemond) decided that the Beunos Aires was still a weekend warrior or rec bike... purists would want the Zurich, which is full 853 and better spec'd.

At least that's what I was told by my rep.

Russ
Steelman SR 525 w/Chorus/Centaur or DA/Ultegra nmgtx
Jul 22, 2003 3:37 PM
re: Best Bike for $2000.00orange_julius
Jul 22, 2003 4:20 PM
You can get a LOOK KG 361 with either Ultegra or Campy
Centaur for about that much. Great character, excellent
build quality, and not too many of those on the road
(at least for now) ;-).
re: Best Bike for $2000.00Mike Prince
Jul 22, 2003 4:28 PM
I will echo gtx's comments about Steelman. Great bikes. The SR525 with Centaur will run about $2,300 without shipping. Ultegra is a bit more, 105 will be less. If you can stretch your budget, get this frame. You can upgrade components later and 105 is fine stuff. Hard to tell I'm a Steelman owner, huh? :)

Another alternative if you are unafraid of buying over the web is GVH bikes. For $2k you can get a classic lugged Cinelli with Centaur for the same price as the Zurich. Awesome deal.

From the mass-producer side (LBS's with name brands) I am sure you are aware that you are in the most popular cross-section of the industry. Lots of choices and hard to go wrong.

Final advice - for that money get a professional fitting. Some shops will credit the cost ($50 or so) toward a new bike purchase and if you buy off of the internet it's still money well-spent. This way you can be sure your new bike fits you and have the info you need for the stem/bars/etc. to be the right size. None of the mainstream brands are junk, so it's hard to go wrong this way too as long as you have a selection of brands from good local shops.

Hope this helps.
Check out the Specialized Allez CompAFrizzledFry
Jul 22, 2003 5:33 PM
i've owned one since last Sept, and i couldn't be happier. best of all- i only paid $1500 before tax and the computer. i bought it to train for mountain biking too, and i haven't touched my StumperJumper Comp since i got it. i'm a roadie though and though now. i'm not a Specialized only kinda guy either, but with full Ultegra, this bike was definitely the best thing going in its price range. you can spend the extra $$$ on shoes, cleats, and other accessories.

http://www.specialized.com

Thomas.
Name brands buddy.Sintesi
Jul 22, 2003 5:37 PM
You sure you need one in two days? That ain't much time.

Due to the subjective nature of a cyclist's appreciation for a particular bike it's rather hard to pinpoint the "best" at a particular price point. However, the ~$2,000 range probably offers the most bang for the buck in all of cyclingdom. You're looking at a quality frame, B level components, either Shimano Ultegra or Campy Centaur (both are durable, work great, and slightly heavier than pro-level), plus excellent wheels. A nice package that will weigh about 18-20 lbs. Not much more to ask for from a newbie such as yourself.

All the name brands make great frames packed with value at this price point. I personally don't think there is much difference among them in terms of quality. If you are hell bent on getting this in 2 days I say you do a whirlwind tour of the LBSs in your neighborhood and look at the name-brand bikes that they stock (Trek, Specialized, Giant, Bianchi, etc., all good), try to get some test rides in and hope they stock the one you like in your size. But really, $2,000 + Reputable Dealer = sweet ride + no worries. Your 2-day time frame is going to limit your options no question.
Name brands buddy.lemmy999
Jul 23, 2003 4:14 AM
for $1800 you can get a Felt F35R with Ultegra (Dura-Ace front and rear Der.) FSA Carbon crank arms w/CNC rings, carbon fork, carbon handlebar, Mavic Ksyrium elite wheels and only weights 18lbs for the 56cm. If you sell the Mavic wheels and buy some from oddsandendos.com, you can get the weight down to 17.5lb and not be out any more money.

I rode the Zurich also and really liked it. It was about 20.0 lbs with some goofy flat plastic pedals they had on it in the shop. I really liked the way the frame fit me, but I didn't think the ride was any better than the specialized Allez comp (maybe since the Specialized has a slanted top top so the seatpost is out more and the post is carbon). The Zurich has nicer wheels than the Allez Comp, but the Allez Comp is cheaper. For some reason I couldn't quite figure out, the Allez Comp just didn't exactly fit me as well.
Giant TCR1briburke
Jul 23, 2003 6:37 AM
I have a Giant TCR 1 that I've been very happy with. Got it late last year for $1400, on sale from $1800.

Highlights:
- Stiff aluminum frame - it jumps when you're out of the saddle
- Aero carbon fork
- Aero carbon seattube
- Full Ultegra compenents
- Shimano RH 535 wheels

Take one for a ride if they sell them in your area. If you're in a rush to buy, the compact geometry might make it easier to find your size (S, M, L).

-Brian
The Look KG 361 being advertised on this site looks good (nm)Uprwstsdr
Jul 23, 2003 9:55 AM