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newbie needs road bike info(4 posts)

newbie needs road bike infobigborebob
Jul 23, 2003 4:33 AM
We are avid mtb'ers. Have recently started doing sprint triathalons which mostly have road courses. We have switched to narrower tires on our mtb's, but would like to get road bikes also. I do not want to make the same mistake here, getting low end bikes, upgrading 2-3 times, before ending up with quality bikes.
Can someone recommend a few makes and models (component level) so we can compete in these races. I realize that there is a level of bikes/components that some people choose to pay for which are not really a neccessity in order to have a good bike.
Also, with mtb's, I am able to buy really top of the line bikes (yeti,titus titanium,etc) in great shape for much savings on the classified forum. Is this also the case here with raod bikes. Thanks for any help.
re: newbie needs road bike infoSteve_0
Jul 23, 2003 4:44 AM
Any frame you like with 105 components. 105 is more than enough. minimal weight disadvantage over higher-priced (not higher-end) components. Besides, weight is irrelavent in sprint-tri formats.

Consider a trek 2(1?)00. Excellent value IMO. Thow on a pair of syntace c-2s and a forward seatpost; or just a pair of profile jammers.

If you're true love is MTBing, and you're TRULY buying this bike JUST for tris, also consider the QR kilo. They can be had after season with 105 for just over 1k. I wouldnt recommend this if you're planning on group-rides or crit format.
re: newbie needs road bike infobriburke
Jul 23, 2003 6:18 AM
Be careful though. I was an avid mountain biker who bought a road bike on a whim at the end of the season. The next summer I had a few thousand miles on the road bike, and a lot less time on the mtn bike. In other words, you may enjoy it more than you think.

Incidentally, it made me a much stronger climber on my mtn bike.

-Brian
Check Colorado Cyclistjjparkusa
Jul 23, 2003 10:20 AM
Go to coloradocyclist.com and check out their house brand "Douglas" Motive bike with 105 components. I think it's under $900 with top quality other components too.