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Which Frame Better? Reynolds 520DB or SG Aluminum?(7 posts)

Which Frame Better? Reynolds 520DB or SG Aluminum?lizpetetx
Nov 6, 2003 3:40 PM
I have been shopping for an entry road bike for longer rides - training - MS150 - etc. I can only spend $400 - and I found two bike shops with new road bikes in Houston at $395 on sale. Both are the same equipment according to both shop guys -- '24 speed Sora'.
But one has Reynolds 520DB tubing and the other is SG Aluminum according to these two shops. Both are my size - 52cm. Shop with Reynolds 520DB bike says it is smoother, shop with SC Aluminum bike says its faster -- both shop say their bikes are 22lbs.
Which kind of frame is better for my use, which will last longer (if either), which would be best value? any help?
re: Which Frame Better? Reynolds 520DB or SG Aluminum?gala7516
Nov 6, 2003 3:51 PM
Reynolds 520DB will last longer and be more comfortable. However, the best way to decide is to ride them both and make sure they fit you properly.
What brand?
re: Which Frame Better? Reynolds 520DB or SG Aluminum?lizpetetx
Nov 6, 2003 5:33 PM
Both bikes are Made in Taiwan - one is a Raleigh and the other is a Mercier; is there a difference if both come from Taiwan?? I want to buy new and get free service and a warranty
Do you remember what kind of wheels they came with?gala7516
Nov 6, 2003 5:52 PM
Those are both great names, and you are right, at this price point, the names do not mean much.

Again, if I were making the purchase I would chose based on the quality of the ride, fit, and comfort.

Do you remember what kind of wheels they came with?
Depends on who built itKerry Irons
Nov 6, 2003 4:13 PM
At this price point, there is not likely to be much difference between the bikes, so go for fit and ignore the frame material. Although you didn't ask about this, for this entry level price, you should strongly consider buying a used bike. A used bike at this price that is a couple of years old would be like a $700-800 bike new. And if you're willing to get something 4-5 years old, you'd get the equivalent of a bike in the low $1000 range. Get your fit right and take a step up.
Reynolds will always ride better in my opinioncollectorvelo
Nov 7, 2003 12:28 AM
Reynolds 520 is noe the top of their line; but on bikes that must of had a list price of $600 or $700 - a Reynolds frame will ride smoother and last longer than an Aluminum frame. Plus I bet if you actually weigh them - the reynolds bike weighes less.
Very Good points --lizpetetx
Nov 7, 2003 6:54 AM
thanks, very good pints, I am going to see if I can get a long test ride on each. Plus I will take my husbands fishing scale and see how much they really weigh