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bike selection questions(4 posts)

bike selection questionsraynim
Oct 14, 2003 3:36 PM
So I am getting ready to buy a new bike and I have some questions. Here's my deal. I will ride for a college club team in the spring and due to that will get a good deal on a cannondale. With that in mind I am going to go ahead and cough of the cash for a sweeter bike.

I weigh about 190, and am 6'2". My history is in Mtn biking and have done only a bit of road riding. I need a bike that I can both race and train on, as I can only afford one bike it needs to be both durable and a nice fast race bike. Also my road bike skills are still in their fledgling stage.

With that in mind I need help in decding between the R1000 and R2000 by Cannondale. The major differences seem to be in the wheel set ( Ksyrium SL on the 2000 elite on the 1000. Also the cogset (SPRAM on the 1000, Ultegra on the 2000) and the bottom bracket (105 on the 1000 and Ultegra on the 2000).

So if the price difference is $250 should I go for the 2000 or hold back and by the 1000 b/c is would be more durable and forgiving? Is this a correcet assumption?

Also considering this is my first road bike, should I go triple or double? I am getting fitter but I have allot of work to do yet. I also go and ride in the mtns about once a month. Is there an disadvantage to getting the triple or advantage to the double?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Ray
suggestion...C-40
Oct 14, 2003 6:57 PM
If you can afford it get the higher level model. There is nothing more durable or forgiving about a bike with lower level components.

If you ride real mountains (like I do in Colorado) the triple would be a wise choice. Lots of folks ride in the mountains with a double, but if you do climbs that are 5-10 miles in length, you'll need a triple. At 190, you're not likely to be a great climber. When the going gets tough with a double, your only choice is to climb standing. Try standing for a mile or two and you'll wish you had a triple that will allow seated climbing.
2000lyleseven
Oct 14, 2003 7:15 PM
Go with the upgrade and 2000. the Ultegra is proven goods and the Ksyrium SLs are better for a larger rider than the Elite.
Doublefiltersweep
Oct 15, 2003 5:09 AM
Get the 2000- for $250 you are getting more than your money's worth- esp. for riding with a team- which leads to the next point: get the double. You'll probably be the only guy on the team with a triple... nothing perjorative about a triple, but when in Rome... aside from that, I'd argue that a double is more prone to shift more smoothly.

You might want to invest in another cassette for riding mtns- and Ultegra cassette is quite inexpensive. I use a 12-25 for hills, and at that, rarely use the 25... but it is nice to know it is there. With a 27 you could climb a wall.