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Need some guidance on purchase(7 posts)

Need some guidance on purchasefrayed
Nov 2, 2003 12:26 PM
Hey folks,

I am a long time mountain biker, having ridden and raced over the last 12 years, mostly east coast.

I moved to Texas some time back, and the epic riding I used to do in the GW National Forest just isn't available here. Mounain biking lost some allure.

I then became a father. Coupled with a demanding job, time has become precious, and road training much more time efficient. Since I live in Austin, the road scene is huge, and pretty easy to get into a group of riders. My initial goal is to get back into shape, and a farther reaching goals to perhaps do some entry level racing.

I have some cash to spend. Would like to keep it under 2500, and more desirably under 2000. While likely any bike in this price range is overkill for me in my current state of tune, I'm optimistic that I'll 'grow into it' and would like to avoid having to spend a lot of cash to 'upgrade' in a year or two.

My last two mountain bikes were a Trek OCLV and a Specialized S-Works. Both good bikes, both very different. I did really like the feathery feel of the OCLV. That bike almost could climb by itself.

Having owned two 'mass produced' bikes, I've always been envious of the boutique bikes, but I still wonder. . . is it worth the cash to buy a high end Italian machine? Names like Pinarello and Colnago have a lot of cache, but could I really appreciate the difference?

Any thoughts welcome.

Jeff
re: Need some guidance on purchaseScot_Gore
Nov 2, 2003 2:33 PM
Lots of choices at your price point. Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, and Giant all have great bikes at that point. The bontique brands you mention, Pinarello and Colnago, I don't really consider bontique. Bontique to me is a small custom builder like Sachs, Kvalle, Bruce Gordon, Strong, etc. I consider Pinarello and Colnago high end mass producers. Their lines don't offer an introductory equipped and priced bike. Look, Time, Seven, and Litespeed would also fit in that group, among others. The bottom of the line bike in these groups fall into your price point.

Given your extensive knowledge of mountain bikes you probabley know enough yourself or know folks who do to gain a solid understanding of fit and geometry. With a little investment of your time and energy you could probably get up on the knowledge curve enough to confidently buy a used bike. Bikes don't hold value, for 2000-2500, you can have one of the best bikes you'll see at your group ride, if your willing to have let someone else butt wear the first 50% of value off the saddle.

Good luck

Scot
re: Need some guidance on purchaselyleseven
Nov 2, 2003 4:06 PM
Good advice from Scot. Those Pinarellos, Colnagos, etc. will cost you about $4K with just Ultegra on them and a decent set of wheels. You can get a Seven steel out the door for about 3K and this is a custom ordered bike. Lots of production choices under $2.500. Lot of good used bikes in this range which retailed around 5K!
check your mathGregJ
Nov 2, 2003 4:39 PM
A Pinarello Galileo Frameset runs around 1500, an Ultegra build kit from Excel (which is very nice specs) runs 999. Thats about 1500 shy of 4k. I found some closeouts on the web of the Surprise for 725 and last years Galileo for an even grand. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=BRAND_PRICING&BRAND.ID=2
I suspect Colnago has similar priced frames although I am not that familiar with their bikes. You are correct that there are lots of options in that price range.
In Europe you can get $500-$800 Colnago or Pinarello frames...divve
Nov 3, 2003 12:59 AM
...a complete build of one of their lower-end bikes will cost no more than a basic Trek or whatever.
re: Need some guidance on purchaseJuanmoretime
Nov 2, 2003 5:34 PM
Douglas Precision Ti are a great bargain for the $$$$$from www.coloradocyclist.com
re: Need some guidance on purchasefasteddie
Nov 2, 2003 5:39 PM
To make a long story short, I too come from a mtn bike background. Over the last 4 years I've upgraded twice seeking a smoother ride, better components, lighter package, etc. I now ride a Colnago C-40 and can't imagine a better riding bike. The best thing about my previous 2 road bikes is I can now truly appreciate how great the Colnago is, but sort of wish I hadn't spent/wasted the money on both of them. One has been been relegated to the basement trainer and the other is a "nasty" weather bike.