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Question about brands, components, etc...Tylercyclist
Aug 18, 2003 6:19 AM
I'm rather new to road biking. My last bike was a Cannondale R300 with 14 speed RSX STI. I'm now ready to buy something a little better. I have the selection narrowed to the following:

1) Raleigh (steel frame) with Campy Velace (20 speed)

2) Specialized Allez Elite (Aluminum) with 105 components

3) Scattante R650 (Aluminum) with Ultegra Components.

I like the idea of buying from the local bike shop (Raleigh or Specialized) but the Scattante from Supergo looks great for the price. I'm a big guy at 6 ft 220 pounds and I ride mostly for fitness and fun, with a few tours thrown in for fun. I doubt I would ever race. I'd like something comfortable but durable as I want this bike to last me for a few years.

Is it better to go with a known brand like Specialized or would the Scattante with better components be a better deal? Also, how durable would Zona steel tubing be vs aluminum? Is Raleigh still considered a pretty good brand?

I appreciate any help...

Todd in Tyler
re: Question about brands, components, etc...sievers11
Aug 18, 2003 6:44 AM
I am not sure what raleigh frame you are talking about, because you didn't list a model or year, but I will comment about the other two.

The Supergo is a very good bike, but you will not have the customer support you will get from your local bike shop. The specialized wtih 105 will give you much better support in a similar package. I don't know what the difference is in price but I do know 105 and ultegra are almost the same thing. (on a scale of 1 to 10 - 105 is a 5 - ultegra a 6 - dura ace a 9)

Steel is way more durable then aluminum. You need to take care of it a little more because of the rust issue, but still will last longer and is much stronger. (for the most part)
re: Question about brands, components, etc...russw19
Aug 18, 2003 7:35 AM
I just wanted to add in to the above post, that unless you are 100% able to do your own mechanical work, by the time all is said and done, you won't save money going mail order vs. buying from a local shop. If you don't know how to build a bike properly, you will have to pay to have that done. I have heard that in some markets this can cost as much as $80 (a bit steep I think, but if you can't do it, factor this in.) Also, after the first few rides, you will need to get it adjusted. I would bet if you paid to have it built, most shops would cover this, but maybe not. There are a lot of hidden costs to buying over the net or mailorder.. like if you have to send the bike back for any reason, you are gonna eat the shipping costs.

If you buy from your LBS, you often get a maintainence plan for free. Look into these things and do ALL the math before you buy... don't just look at the selling price of the bikes, but look at what that money gets you, and more importantly, what it doesn't.