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Old 12-10-08, 05:10 PM   #1
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Joined a team, keep my bike or buy a sponsor bike?

New team for '09, we have Specialized sponsorship.
I was planning on racing my TIME next year, it's an RX Edge frameset I got used, still have to build it up.

What would Jesus do...
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Old 12-10-08, 05:19 PM   #2
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Stay on the Time. If you feel you need a new bike, and can afford it, go with a Specialized, but keep the Time and use it as an RR or crit bike.
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Old 12-10-08, 05:25 PM   #3
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i just put in an order for a caad9 team frame with BB30. im so pumped. idk when i'll be able to afford parts for it, but i did it mostly because i feel like i need a smaller frame.

i agree with CK. if you can afford it, go for it, but dont ditch the time if you like it better.
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Old 12-10-08, 05:55 PM   #4
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I'm leaning this way too.

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Old 12-10-08, 05:56 PM   #5
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what kinda specialized is it?
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Old 12-10-08, 05:57 PM   #6
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I was debating the same question. Until I got the "deal" the shop was offering. Being as the price they've given us is ~25% more than I can get the same frame online, I won't be upgrading.

But then again, I'm the type that gets a kick out of beating guys with wheelsets that cost more than my whole bike. Probably wouldn't have upgraded anyway.
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It depends on how deep your discount is with Specialized. But many amatuers race on bikes that are not the sponsored brand, so don't feel like you have to buy a new bike.

Did you join Spec/River City?
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"depends"

sorry can't be more helpful.

I went that route, but many on my team did not.

Although I do have to say it is cool when there are like 5 or 6 of us on a ride or race on the same bike
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I'm leaning this way too.

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I did the same thing this past season. My team was a shop that sold S, Felt and BMC, and BMC gave awesome deals to everyone. I decided to stick with my Cannondale, which is a good thing because my new team is sponsored by Giant, so I'd be even more out of place.
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stick with time. your not being paid i assume. ride what you want.
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Old 12-10-08, 06:49 PM   #11
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what kinda specialized is it?
If I did it I would get the bottom of the line Tarmac.

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It depends on how deep your discount is with Specialized. But many amatuers race on bikes that are not the sponsored brand, so don't feel like you have to buy a new bike.

Did you join Spec/River City?
It's a good discount.
Not Spec/River City, I'll pm you the details.

I'm going to stick with my TIME, a new bike is not really in the budget anyway.

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Old 12-10-08, 07:03 PM   #12
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I'll ride a sponsor's bike when they buy and supply. Otherwise, I'll ride what I got. If I rode for Astana, I guess I'd choose their Trek Madone over my Fuji....LOL!
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stick with time. your not being paid i assume. ride what you want.
I couldn't agree more, ride what you want.
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Unless it says so specifically in your rider contract, I wouldn't get a new bike if you like what you are on. I would never sign an amateur team contract that required me to ride a specific bike, wheels, components unless they provided it to me for free.
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