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Where would I find....tdubmtb
Dec 4, 2003 6:17 PM
Can anyone help me by giving their oppinion on the road bike that should purchase. I am new to the sport and probably will not race, but I will ride a great deal. I currently ride mountain bikes all the time but I have always wanted to try road riding. I now finally have some money to buy a road bike, but I don't know where to start looking at road bikes. All I do know is that I want a light weight bike (my MTB weighs around 24 lbs) with STI shifters. I will probably want to go with something that is new(er).
My MTB is top of the line so I know how high performance feels, I'm just concerned that I wont like the way the bike shifts, or rides, etc...
Can anyone give me a recomendation, with such little information?
--thank you
re: Where would I find....n2tennis
Dec 9, 2003 12:59 PM
I would probably suggest that you stop by your LBS and get fitted to the correct frame size. Once you know your size, go for one of the test rides that they have to offer. Although buying a bike online will save you a great deal of money, I'm not sure if I would suggest this route. Why? Well, what if the bike you purchase doesn't fit you right? Or, what if the bike you receive is damaged during transit? These could be headaches that are unforeseen. In the defense of online retailers, there are some excellent deals to be had. www.coloradocyclist.com has been known to offer some new Litespeed aluminum bikes for less than $2k...some even less than $1500! These will certainly put you in the sub-18 lb range. If you want some high-end european frames, there's a lot of UK online retailers that will give you screaming deals on frames like Look, Colnago, Pinarello, etc... I suggest visiting the Buying forums on www.bicycling.com for more suggestions. Whatever you do, good luck on your purchase!
re: Where would I find....Money D
Dec 15, 2003 8:16 PM
I did the same thing 2.5 years ago and got a steal on ebay. Al frame, carbon fork, full Ultegra, and Spinergy's for $860. If you have mtb experience, you will not be happy w/ anything less than 105. And, I'd go w/ ultegra or better or else you'll want to upgrade. My advice is to go used. The above poster is correct that fit is more of an issue than w/ a mtb. Go to a shop and find the bike that feels the best on a short test ride. Get the info on that frame, then start checking ebay/this site/internet retailers. You'll likely save close to $1000 and not get screwed if you do your homework. Good luck w/ your purchase.