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Which bike?(4 posts)

Which bike?kclefty30
Aug 18, 2003 4:22 PM
I'm looking to spend between a $1500-$2000 price range. I have narrowed it down to 3 bikes:

- 2003 Cannondale R1000 = $1800 (stock)
- 2003 Bianchi Giro = $1500 (stock)
- 1998 Klein Quantum Pro =$1500-$1800 (custom)

The Cannondale has a nice frame with nice components/wheels for the price. The Bianchi has a AL/carbon frame at a nice price. The Klein is a never used frame from a LBS which they can build up to fit my price range.

Your suggestion would be appriciated.

Test ride all 3 bikes, pick your favorite...russw19
Aug 18, 2003 5:49 PM
That's really all anyone can tell you here. You need to pick the one you like best based on how it rides.

I can give you some advice about test rides, but you really need to make up your mind based on your own feelings after riding each of these.

Some tips on a test ride... first, test ride a bike when your body is slightly fatigued. Either go for a ride on your own bike or go run or work out at the gym first. Then you will have a better (albiet, not 100% accurate) feel for how the bike will treat your body after a long ride. If you ride the bike fresh, it will tell your body how it will feel in the first few miles of your ride, not the last few. Also, stretch before you test ride. That way you can be sure the bike fits you at the end of the ride, not the start.

Second, take the bike over as much varying terrain as you can find. Climb with it, sprint with it, ride over rough roads and smooth. Don't take a bike that you are about to spend 2 grand on for a ride around the block of the shop and think that's a test ride. Let the shop know you are serious about buying a bike and that you want to take it out for an hour or so. Another thing to do, if you are really serious about buying a bike from one particular dealer is to ask them to rent the bike to you for a day and if you buy it to credit the rental fee to your sale. That way if they charge you $30 to have the bike all day, and you decide that's the bike for you, you aren't out anything. And you can always come back the next day or weekend and test another bike out, and still not be out the cash. 10 minute test rides are a joke, and any shop that will only let you test a bike like that is not serious about taking your money. Remember that when you buy a bike, you are investing in that bike shop to an extent too, so make sure you are comfortable with spending your money at that shop. Spend a few minutes talking to the sales staff, the management, and the mechanics if you can. Get to know that shop and see if you like what they are all about.

But at the end of the day, it's still your money, so it still has to be your choice.

re: Which bike?blaner7
Aug 18, 2003 6:39 PM
The klein 98 is nice especially never used! It all depends on which you feel the best on.
re: Which bike?Overhill
Aug 19, 2003 3:55 AM
russw19's suggestions are good. I was in your situation a year ago. I would add that you should consider getting a professional fitting before you buy. The shop may charge $100 to $200, but should credit that against the price if you buy. I really like Klein--always admired the technology, but when I rode I found it a tad too harsh for my preference. It felt very fast, but compared to similar cost and equiped ti and carbon bikes [ same wheels, tire pressure, etc] it was a little too much for me [I'm old] on rough surfaces. I also started with three bikes being considered, but took my time and tried at least ten different bikes before making a decision. Good luck.