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Help me shop for a bike (if you want).(4 posts)

Help me shop for a bike (if you want).sierranevada
Aug 21, 2003 10:12 AM
Here is my bio:

5-11, 175 lbs (normally ride a 56cm)

Ride 10 times per month (mtn and road), maybe 250 miles total. Live in Michigan. My mtn bike is a ti soft-tail.

I think I like the semi-compact designs (slightly sloping top tube, little bit taller head tube). Locally I have Specialized, Giant, Trek, Lemond, Cannondale, but I don't mind buying something else over the web from a reputable dealer.

Good resale value is important, as I usually find a reason to buy a new bike every few years (at least I have with the mtb's).

Budget is set at $1700 (or less for something slightly used). For that money, I think I should be able to get something light, with a NICE set of wheels. It may also have a duathlon in it's future (although I do not want a tri bike).

If I had $1,700, I think...Marketing Dept
Aug 21, 2003 10:45 AM
I would look for a deal on a used (not abused) Litespeed OR Merlin Ti ride. I have seen a few for less, equipted with Ultegra and with Rolf Vectors, Ksyriums and etc...

If you find the right one, in 3 years, it will still be worth almost as much. Just be careful out there!!
re: Help me shop for a bike (if you want).pearlbeer
Aug 21, 2003 11:21 AM
Check out the Specialized Allez Comp. Great bike, compact geometry, full Ultegra, nice wheels. Retail is right at $1700.
re: Help me shop for a bike (if you want).gtx
Aug 21, 2003 12:51 PM
get a Tom Teesdale or another reasonably priced steel frame and wait for 9 speed Dura Ace to start going on sale.