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Old 06-21-07, 09:36 AM   #1
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Unlimited Budget

I am quitting East Coast investment banking to move back to Colorado and ride bikes. The budget is unlimited. Thinking carbon. Looking to climb hills and sprint fast. I appreciate your thoughts. Cheers.
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Old 06-21-07, 09:38 AM   #2
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sounds good to me. is your bidget really unlimited? i once saw a $20,000 road bike.
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Cervelo R3. You have your choice between Zipp 303's and Zipp 404's. Powertap SL.

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totally unlimited. early-life crisis.
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Cervelo R3. You have your choice between Zipp 303's and Zipp 404's. Powertap SL.

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Old 06-21-07, 09:40 AM   #7
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Scheisse, you're right.

Oops: I meant, correct.
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Get a few bikes. A nice training bike, maybe a nice racing/weekend bike, and a BMC Time Machine.
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Cervelo Soloist Carbon SL, Lightweight Obermayer wheelset (or maybe the Lew wheelset?), full Campy Record would be a nice starting point. That's probably the toy that I'd buy for myself if money were no object.
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Build a remote team. Riders email each other ride details once a month.

Get 1 bike each for the team members.

Go with the new Trek Madone with ALL the bike schwag listed above. Send the team members one each. Their ride details will motivate you to go fast and climb faster/harder.

This team? Me, for starters.
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I'd say pick up a Cervelo Soloist Team with a power meter (assuming it feels right -- whatever you get, do a test ride first), and get lessons from the best trainer your money can buy.

Unless you're already in top form, you have much more to gain performance-wise from training than from riding a light bike. If you're not in shape and don't have the handling skills you need to race, a $10,000 bike will not keep you from getting spit out the back.
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I believe this team should be outfitted on the Soloist Carbon SL's, as Mr. Chen suggested. Perhaps a P3 for Time Trialing would provide further motivation to the team.

For climbing, though, I'd think the R3 rather than the Soloist.
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Try before you buy. For the record, I'm a little disappointed the Soloist Team (cheap) and the R3 (expensive) cost the same to demo.
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For climbing, though, I'd think the R3 rather than the Soloist.
On a finite budget, sure. (I love my R3.) But if you can afford all the best parts, the Soloist will be so absurdly light anyway that I think I'd prefer to have some aero for even higher descending speeds over saving another pound or so by using a lighter frame and less aero wheelset.
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I am quitting East Coast investment banking to move back to Colorado and ride bikes. The budget is unlimited. Thinking carbon. Looking to climb hills and sprint fast. I appreciate your thoughts. Cheers.
Unlimited budget--buy out the Discovery Channel team (w/Lance included, of course). Take them to the next TdF victory. I'm sure they won't mind the owner riding with them once in awhile.
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Unlimited budget--buy out the Discovery Channel team (w/Lance included, of course). Take them to the next TdF victory. I'm sure they won't mind the owner riding with them once in awhile.
Now THAT'S a great idea......
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On a finite budget, sure. (I love my R3.) But if you can afford all the best parts, the Soloist will be so absurdly light anyway that I think I'd prefer to have some aero for even higher descending speeds over saving another pound or so by using a lighter frame and less aero wheelset.
want to improve your descending speed? work on your technique.
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Yeah, Look 585 or 595 (if you don't mind the integrated seatpost). Sprint, climb, pretend to be French, pretend to be Thor Hushovd, whatever... It does it all....
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You need three bikes:

1. Cervelo R3 with Lightweights (wheels)
2. Specialized S-Works (this is your training bike) with Mavic Open pros
3. Wilier Time Trial bike

Plus you'll need either powertap or SRM and you need the Garmin Edge 305.

The Lightweights are $10K, the Cervelo should be about $10K (you'll need all the right components), the Specialized about $9K, the powermeter about $2K, the Wilier about $7K, the Edge about $300, so you only need around $40,000. Have fun!
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You need three bikes:

1. Cervelo R3 with Lightweights
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2. Specialized S-Works (this is your training bike) with Mavic Open pros
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3. Wilier Time Trial bike
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