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    NorCal Climbing Freak
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    Racing Bike - Suggestions

    Hey,

    I'm currently leaning heavily towards the Bianchi 928 Carbon for a RR/Crit bike, but am looking for suggestions on what else could fit the bill. I've been riding for a while, but have gotten a whole lot more serious lately. I'm limited, however, by the bike shop that sponsors our club, so the suggestions would need to be Bianchi or Trek. That somewhat limits my purchasing possibilities.

    But from a training/road race/crit perspective, what do you all think of the 928 carbon, or perhaps other bikes from the Trek/Bianchi line. The upper range for this purchase (before discounting) is around 3000, which is about what the 928 Carbon runs for that.

    Any thoughts are appreciated

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    Like you I was limited by sponsor shop on what I could ride this year. I could have gone the carbon route but I decided to go aluminum. I figure at some point this season I'm gonna go down and I'd rather trash a less expensive al frame than a big buck carbon. I'm riding a C'dale CAAD8 with Record and it's the perfect race bike. Fast, stiff with great handling. The bike weighs in at 16lbs even with pedals and race wheels.

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    +1 on al for the reasons stated.

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    I've seen literally hundreds of people crash carbon bikes in crits and I haven't seen anyone break a frame yet. I've seen a broken seat stay, but then most AL bikes have carbon seat stays these days.
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    If you don't mind throwing down the money, and people thinking you're a Lance wannabe, the new Madone got great reviews against other pro grade race bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdude
    I've seen literally hundreds of people crash carbon bikes in crits and I haven't seen anyone break a frame yet. I've seen a broken seat stay, but then most AL bikes have carbon seat stays these days.

    Hundreds! Damn remind me to not race crits in your area

    True most frames don't break but a nice gouge in your cf frame from the pavement is as good as a break. I look at my CAAD8 as a disposable bike frame. If it goes down the replacement cost is minimal. I would imagine that the Bianchi al bikes are reasonably cheap also.

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    Well, I ended up going with the Carbon frame. All costs included, and current bike being sold, it'll cost me at most $1500. It just didn't seem right to go about buying a bike with one of the primary thoughts in my being how it'll survive a crash.

    Anyways, the carbon was too silky smooth to resist

    In the event of a catastrophic crash, one great enough to break the bike - I'll be more worried about how I come out of it. It is sorta funny though, usually the first thing that one wonders after a crash is, how is the bike and will it still ride. In any case, Bianchi does have a 5-year warranty on the frame and no competition clauses on it.

    Thanks for the comments

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