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Bike models around $1,500(17 posts)

Bike models around $1,500Bulldozer
Jul 31, 2003 10:29 AM
To make my wife happier, I'm looking to buy a road bike in about 6 months. She's tired of me being gone for 4 hours riding my mountain bike. With a road bike I'll be able to walk out the door and still get a good ride done in 2 hours.

Anyway, I've got about $1,500 to spend but that may even be a stretch. The things that are most important to me are good components (105, Ultegra) and a good, light wheel set. Also, there won't be any extra cash to upgrade so I've got to get the right bike the first time. Here are the bikes that I've found so far, all from major manufacturers. What other bikes can you suggest in this price range? Are there other lesser known companies that sell bikes in my range? I live in Colorado so it has to be fairly light too. TIA.

Trek 2200
LeMond Buenos Aires
Specialized Allez Dolce
Klein Q Carbon Race
Giant TCR 1 (my favorite)
Look Kg 361Rom12_1
Jul 31, 2003 10:53 AM
1600 at Jenson complete 105 bike. I've never ridden it and don't have extensive experience w/ company, but it looks interesting.
Jenson and LOOK both top notchpitt83
Jul 31, 2003 11:32 AM
But, the LOOK has somewhat unconventional fit. Great for certain people. If it fits you, I can't recommend either highly enough. I love my KG461. That's a sweet deal at $1599.
Look Kg 361Bulldozer
Jul 31, 2003 12:51 PM
Man - that looks like a sweet deal to me. Keep em coming!
You've got her tricked! Way to go!Spunout
Jul 31, 2003 11:05 AM
How are you going to do 4 hour rides now?

My jest is in the assumption that you will get 4 hours of training into 2 hours with a new bike. That is not possible.
Jul 31, 2003 11:37 AM
He no longer has to drive an hour each way to the trails. With a road bike you leave from your front door and a 2 hour ride takes 2 hours, not 4. One reason I road ride much more than I mountain bike these days is I just don't have the extra time it takes to drive to the trailhead.
re: Bike models around $1,500rweddy1
Jul 31, 2003 11:13 AM
I am in the exact same boat as you! My wife will love the fact that I can be home and back in 2 hours as apposed to right now taking1 hour to get to the trial ride 2 hours then one hour back home.

I will be watching this post to see what more experienced riders are saying. I looked at the Lemond & liked it but I am having a hard time between aluminum or steel.

This seems like an amazing deal and...Uprwstsdr
Jul 31, 2003 1:08 PM
would keep a lot of dough still in your pocket. Thoughts from others about this?
Don't rule outdeeter
Jul 31, 2003 2:34 PM
buying used. I was in the exact same boat-a mountain biker trying to get more road & less travel time. I didn't want to spend a load of money on my first road bike but as an individual stuck on quality components I had a hard time looking a 105-type components. I spent 2 months looking for the right bike from the right seller, educated myself on how I fit on certain manufacturers frames and ended up with a sweet Cannondale CAAD 4, full Dura-Ace and a host of other high end components that I won't detail for $1350 shipped. I took the necessary legal precautions to ensure that I wouldn't get screwed. The seller runs a bike wholesaler in the northeast and treated the bike like it was his child. I'm sure many people will try to steer you away from doing this, and maybe I got lucky, but after being a roadbiker for 1 year now I'm extremely glad that I waited for the upgrades. Just think of all of the people with 2 year old bikes in great shape that are looking to sell so that they can go to the latest/greatest model. I personally used the classifieds on this site for my search. Do yourself a favor and at least check it out.
Don't rule outBulldozer
Jul 31, 2003 7:49 PM
I will definitely consider used. There are enough roadies around here selling stuff off that I might be able to find a good deal. I have a pretty good friend that lent me his USPS bike once. I liked it a lot. Maybe I'll see if he's willing to sell it. He's a mtn biker at heart. I'll just tell him I've gone over to the dark side....
Jul 31, 2003 5:25 PM
My story is similar to yours. I got a Fuji Team a while back. Retail was $1700, but I got a year-end closeout for $1100. Ultegra everything, Ritchey Pro wheels and everything else. I weighed it in a shop not long after I got it, and I believe it was 17 lbs on the nose.

As far as I can tell, Fuji has the best bang-for-your-buck road bikes on the market.
Jul 31, 2003 6:19 PM
I agree, fuji does have alot to offer, also check out raleigh bikes
Love my Viner Competitionvindicator
Jul 31, 2003 7:13 PM runs a special on these. Lugged steel, old world craftsmanship, with full Ultegra. With the optional carbon fork, triple crank, and a set of Speedplay X-2s, mine came in right at 1500. Light enough for me as well, and I've really enjoyed riding it. And, if you care about such things, you won't see 10 others when you show up for a group ride or a race.
If you want a really unusual bike...dawgcatchr
Jul 31, 2003 9:10 PM
Try to get a frame (as suggested above with built up with Campy Veloce instead of the usual 105/Ultegra at that price point. The wholesale on the kit is about the same for Campy as Shimano, but you really don't see Campy in the States on a $1500 bike anymore. Plus, many people prefer the shifter shape and function, plus the finish is very nice. I had Veloce on my first road bike (Lemond Alpe d'Huez). I am putting Veloce on my cross bike-it is a great price/performance ratio, and I run Chorus/Record on my road bike, so I can swap wheels between the two.
The BA you mention is a very, very nice bike.OldEdScott
Aug 1, 2003 6:49 AM
I know you asked for other suggestions, but just wanted to emphasize that the bike you want may already be on your list.
Bianchi Giro_rt_
Aug 1, 2003 7:07 AM
carbon seat stays (even if they do nothing, they look cool), full 105, excellent frame. runs ~$1400.

(the '01 version. sans carbon stays)

DOUGLAS Fusion Ultegra Bike 2003rweddy1
Aug 1, 2003 7:23 AM
Anyone know anything about this bike?
I have never heard of Douglas but for a alum/carbon bike with full Ultegra and 1300?,263,701,735&TextMode=0