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I have about $2000 to spend on a road bike...(23 posts)

I have about $2000 to spend on a road bike...Pontificator
Aug 12, 2003 4:06 PM
I was wondering if any of you could suggest a nice ride. I have been looking at the Trek 2200 and it looks pretty good.
I have a MTB Kona Cindercone and I am wanting to get back into riding the roads.

Also, if you know anything about the Shimano Ultegra Rear Derailleur that would be great.

buy usedspookyload
Aug 12, 2003 4:13 PM
If you go to ebay, you can find some great deals for that kind of money. You could easily get a carbon Kestral 200sci with ultegra and maybe dura ace for that price. Top end bikes don't hold their retail value for $hit, and you can usually get a $4000 for about half price used.
Aug 12, 2003 4:25 PM
MSRP: $1,699.00 Sale Price: $799.00

The Perfect Balance of Performance, Durability and Ride Quality. Smooth, powerful and versatile. 1.35 Kilos. The Madonna di Campiglio offers the finest characteristics of Fondriest in a value package.

Get one of these fit it out with ultegra and you will have a bike for $2000 an Italian steed that will look sweeeet. Then post a picture of it here.
Sorry Fondriest that would be.... nmafrican
Aug 12, 2003 4:26 PM
Fondriest yes, Ultegra no...C-40
Aug 12, 2003 4:48 PM
For $2000 you can get a Fondriest Madonna di Campiglio with Campy Chorus 10 speed. Way better the Shimano, IMO.
I am also a mt. biker loving the road....10speedfiend
Aug 12, 2003 4:44 PM
Every year the coverage of the giro,veulta and tour inspire me to hit the "bricks". I recently took the leap into the spandex world of the road and am having the time of my life! I also had a budget of around $2000. I road everybike I could find in my size. I narrowed the selections to the bikes/brands that I felt most comfortable on. I did the research and found the common denomanator of each bike. In my case it was similar top tube length and similar wheelbase. I looked at all the bikes that shared these dimensions and I compared specifications. Some brands give you more for your money. Bianchi 2003 for instance has moved away from "house" brand equipment and actually offers lower end Campy on there $1200-$2000 bikes. I really liked the ride and feel of the Orbea and Specialized Aluminum frames. I watched E-bay for a couple weeks and started seeing a whole bunch of Specialized S-works road frames showing up. I bid on a new S-Works frameset in the box never opened. I was outbid in the last 2 seconds by some turd in new york. I e-mailed the seller and asked if he could get any more and to my amazement he said yes. $600 later I was the owner of a new frame. Picked his brain and found out his race team/club was offered a quantity of these frames at a ridiculous price so they invested. Could not get the price out of him but he hinted somewhere around $400 is what they paid for these great frames. I wanted a 10 speed grouppo and I was not gonna get it unless I went with Campy. Tried to get the 10 spd Veloce, but not till later on this year. Through my LBS I orderd a $1200 build kit with Campy Centaur 10spd, Campy Scirrocco wheels and less expensive salsa/american classic bars stem and post. All together with cages my egg beaters off my mtn bike cyclo-computer and my old cromo flite saddle this $1800 bike weighs a tick over 18.5 lbs (54cm) Heavy wheels, post stem and bars keep this bike from being sub 18lbs. Look and shop and you can do a great bike for under $2000.
Good Luck
E5 info?CritLover
Aug 12, 2003 8:08 PM

I am looking for a E5 as well, and was wondering how long ago you got the frame? Would you consider passing on the email of the seller? It would save me a ton of dough (that I don't have). Thanks!

email me offline (
E5 seller inforoot down
Aug 13, 2003 5:23 AM
Same request as the other guy: would you mind passing along the sellers info? - would love to get a hold of an E5 at that price.
I am also a mt. biker loving the road....Franchise
Aug 13, 2003 8:25 AM
Could I also have the info? Please forward it to Thanks!
Last year's S-WorksMShaw
Aug 13, 2003 10:35 AM
Are popping up on ebay at about $400. I ended up with last year's frame/fork for about $440 shipped to my door. Since there are LOTS of teams around SD that are riding this year's bike, I like the different paint job even more...

9sp D/A and Ritchey Pro wheels comes in at around the same weight for my 53cm bike.

how about thisDrone 5200
Aug 12, 2003 6:30 PM
I think 2K is a bit too much for a 2200. Look to spend ~$1,600 for the 2200 (in the US).

How about this look 361 in ultegra.

You can do well for $2k. Just ignore that inevitable urge to spend another $500.
how about thisGrahamalicious
Aug 12, 2003 6:35 PM
Yeah, $2000 is way too much for a 2200, list for a 2300 is $1979. Speaking of the 2300, i just picked up a 2002 (starry night) FOR $1200 and its a sweet ride...
Keep saving! :) nmthe bull
Aug 12, 2003 6:43 PM
Timing is everything, and you have perfect timing.....newridr
Aug 12, 2003 7:11 PM
Now is the time to start looking at '03's. I would normally agree that used is a good way to go, but now is the time for some great deals. The '04's are going to be arriving soon so there are some great deals to be had on new bikes. Trek is already rolling the new models out on their website and I know C'dale shouldn't be far behind.

I actually couldn't wait and bought a new C'dale R2000 for $2,100 (retail is $2,400). Ultegra/Dura Ace components and Mavic Ksyriums. Sweet bike and VERY hard to beat at that price point.
Its got to be a used TREK 5200HalfWheelin
Aug 12, 2003 7:27 PM
You can get a great used 5200 on this site or Ebay for close to $2k. Maybe less/ maybe more. Arguably (duh) the best bike for the money.
Good luck. Pretty exciting, too. That's a lot of twinkies.
you can get a new 5200 for $2200...loki_1
Aug 13, 2003 8:31 AM
from your lbs, with the complete warranty. Used Treks are way overpriced on ebay.
re: I have about $2000 to spend on a road bike...moschika
Aug 12, 2003 8:11 PM
you have so many options with that price range. everything from aluminum, ti, carbon, and even steel-custom, tigged, lugged or fillet brazed.

i would spend some time checking your LBSes, small frame builders, etc and see what inspires you.

good luck
trek 2000Steve_0
Aug 13, 2003 3:57 AM
then take your SO on a long weekend getaway.
Aug 13, 2003 6:52 AM
I was poking around a Performance Bike Shop with a friend a couple of weeks ago and we looked at a polished al Giant (don't know the model) with Ultegra group, for $1700. It looked like a nice bike. I don't know anything about these bikes, but I've read good things about them as far as value.

Going with a used bike is always taking a chance, unless you can see it first and have it gone over by a bike wrench.
If you can find a good used bike your size that is almost brand new (a lot of people buy bikes that don't fit)that would be a good way to go also....
Aug 13, 2003 7:09 AM
How about a house-brand bike?NatC
Aug 13, 2003 7:03 AM
This one is titanium for $1849 with Ultegra. I bought one recently and love the ride. Ultegra is akin to XT.,223,273&TextMode=0
Landshark, Steelman 525 SR, Teesdale, etc.gtx
Aug 13, 2003 8:09 AM
all can be built with Ultegra for $2000. No need to buy used at that price point.
re: I have about $2000 to spend on a road bike...Bill from WPB
Aug 13, 2003 11:05 AM
I will recommend a Cervelo. I believe they have the best bikes for the money. You might want to take a look at the Soloist and the Prodigy. They are great bikes and you can get a brand new one for $2K.