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best bike in $2000-2400 range?(11 posts)

best bike in $2000-2400 range?dovid
Sep 10, 2003 4:55 AM
I'm looking for the best, all-around bike in this price range. Something I can race and do centuries on. I'm thinking about getting a Kestrel Talon frame and setting it up with Ultegra. Are there better options in my price range? thank you
Couple of suggestions.....newridr
Sep 10, 2003 5:31 AM
1) Not sure what the '04 price is going to be, but I bought the '03 R2000. After looking at a whole bunch of different bikes, this one was actually one of the best values out there when you consider how it's spec'd out. Ulti groupo with Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels. I paid about $2,100 for mine.

2) A guy in my club just bought a leftover Trek 5500 for about the same price. Full Shimano DA, Bontrager Race Lite wheels. Very nice bike. He got it for 25% off. There are some GREAT deals floating around the LBS right now.
I agree!Zman
Sep 10, 2003 6:25 PM
I think that the R2000 is the very best deal out there, following close behind is the Trek 5200. The R2000 comes stock with a $800 set of wheels.

Z
Colorado Cyclist Dougulas TiNessism
Sep 10, 2003 6:04 AM
Colorado cyclist has a sale going on their Ti bikes right now. The frames are built by Titanium Sports (TST) in Washington and are first rate. They sell an Ultegra model with Velomax wheels for about $1850 so you'll have some money left for upgrades.

I have both a Litespeed and a TST built frame and think the TST is almost as nice, but at half the price.

Good luck.

Ed
re: best bike in $2000-2400 range?andy02
Sep 10, 2003 6:13 AM
I got my 5200 for the amount you are thinking about. I looked at the Kestral but was not impressed. I was expecting a ride equal to the older kestrals I had ridden (made in us) and the talon wasn't at all up to the task. The 5200 was on sale so I tried it and can't go back to anything else. I am lookong to add a 5900 for next season. the new 2300 that will be out soon is going to have carbon rear end and well under your range.
the 5200, of course, if I do say so myself (nm)Drone 5200
Sep 10, 2003 8:10 AM
re: best bike in $2000-2400 range?Greg B
Sep 10, 2003 6:54 AM
!!!!Assuming you know your sizing!!!!, search the internet for bargains. Look for close-outs and last year's models. I recently purchased a new Guru Veloci'ti 6/4, full D/A, ksyrium elites, ($4700 msrp) for $2000 from a retailer who needed to move some mdse. This bike appeared briefly on e-bay. The internet is full of great deals.
How about a nice Italian rig from the Maestro?Bonked
Sep 10, 2003 10:07 AM
Not sure what the current exchange rates are or if you know your sizing, but you should be able to get a 'Nago, De Rosa or Ciocc for that price range. Check him out: www.maestro-uk.com.

PS - he's wonderful to deal with...bought my Colnago from him last year.
re: best bike in $2000-2400 range?moschika
Sep 10, 2003 10:12 AM
my custom steel curtlo with DA cost $2497 shipped. and you could substitute any components for a package that's best for you. doug will also help in designing a frame that meets the kind of riding you want to do.
not Ultegra...C-40
Sep 10, 2003 11:50 AM
You can do a lot better than that for $2400. A far better Campy Chorus 10 kit is only about $1300. That leaves plenty for a nice frame.

Check out www.fondriest-usa.com, they have several models dicounted $600 or more. The Madonna di Campiglio frame, fork & headset is only $800. Other models go up to $1300. I've logged about 1000 miles on my MDC. The ride is great, even compared to an all-carbon C-40.

LaBicicletta also has some good prices on closeout frames.
LOOK KG461 w/ Ultegralendog
Sep 10, 2003 2:11 PM
got mine from Excel sports for $2300 with Ultegra/dura ace mix. Couldn't be happier with the bike and the service.

First road bike bought 6 months ago, now the 2 mountain bikes are collecting dust!!

Lenny