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Dying to buy a road bike!(12 posts)

Dying to buy a road bike!jtferraro
Jul 17, 2002 12:13 PM
I've been looking at a number of road bikes and am dying to buy one. I've pretty much decided on aluminum and Ultegra, as this is my first bike, and am hoping to pay around $2K. The one carbon bike that I'm considering, that cost(I think) between $2K and $2500, is the Trek 5200. I'm thinking I'd like a traditional frame, rather than compact, but really need to try out some more bikes. Thus far, I've ridden the Specialized Allez E5 SLX Comp and Cannondale R2000 Si. Next years R2000 Si is really being upgraded and I'm dying to know what it will cost - anyone know? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

-Jeff
re: Dying to buy a road bike!jdj
Jul 17, 2002 2:59 PM
Not sure what the new Cannondales will cost but why wait do a build and get what you want right from the get go. I'm on my third road bike and I finally bit the bullet and started from scratch. And it paid off, my total cost right down to the bar tape wound up being $1,450 built. Specs:Cadd5 frame,fork,record headset,Mavic open pros w/dt db,campy centaur group,TTT bar and stem (199/forgie)selle italia gel ti,chorus ti post,mich.axial pros and mich.tubes. Frame set and build by Rocky's bike shop (Towanda PA),all other parts by www.wisecyclebuys.com.. You may want to call wise they indicated they were getting some nice alum. frames in at a decent price. Good Luck!
re: Dying to buy a road bike!indytl
Jul 17, 2002 7:49 PM
2003 R2000si Double was $2495 at my local shop
Thanks!jtferraro
Jul 18, 2002 1:08 PM
It really is a big upgrade from last years, as it now is a CAAD7 frame(from CAAD5), comes w/Ksyrium SL's, DA rear derailleur, and 3T hb & stem. Also, the BB height is lower on this frame. All this and the price increase is only about $180. Hmm...

-Jeff
re: Dying to buy a road bike!Maggiefan
Jul 18, 2002 8:19 AM
Check out the Douglas Fusion from www.colorado cyclist.com.
Sounds like a great deal but I think I'd really rather...jtferraro
Jul 18, 2002 8:39 AM
get sized and fitted for my bike and buy it from a LBS.

-Jeff
Sounds like a great deal but I think I'd really rather...Maggiefan
Jul 18, 2002 9:50 AM
I understand that you would want to be fitted at a LBS. I copied the dimensions from the website and then went to my LBS and was fitted on a Serrota fitting bike. You may want to consider this and I really found that the Douglas was the best deal out there for a new bike after thourough researching.
Hmm...thanks. (more)jtferraro
Jul 18, 2002 12:59 PM
I wouldn't expect LBS's to be very receptive if I walked in w/the dimensions of Colorado Cyclist's Douglas Fusion though. Did they think you were interested in a Serrota?

-Jeff
Hmm...thanks. (more)Maggiefan
Jul 18, 2002 1:06 PM
I guess it all depends on the LBS. The bike shop didn't carry the brand Serrota, only a fitting bike. What would you have to loose? I'd say give it a try!
re: Dying to buy a road bike!MarvinK
Jul 20, 2002 3:23 PM
How about the Litespeed Antares alum/carbon bike? I've read really great things about it. If you do end up getting sized at a local shop, you can buy it at lickbike:

http://www.lickbike.com/i2752100.htm
I used Ebaycabinfever
Jul 22, 2002 11:08 AM
I am building a 2001 Fuji Team (aluminum), with full Dura Ace, Bontrager Race X Lite wheels, a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, King headset, Thompson post, and ITM bar/stem for about $2,100. I won the frame for $255 on Ebay, and found a guy who sells custom groups on Ebay too. A bike shop will probably build it for about $100, give or take. If you don't mind waiting a bit to find the deals, you can build a hell of a bike.
Sounds real good. I'd have to get sized up first though. nmjtferraro
Jul 23, 2002 6:16 AM