I've been looking at bikes and lurking on this forum for a while. Want to buy a roadbike. I haven't found any good bikes used locally in a good size for me. I'm 6'2, and about 215lbs. Not in fantastic shape, but I have run a marathon this summer. I'm a bout a 8 min pace runner.
I do have a mountain bike I bought from bikes direct. I know they have "issues" with image on here. I'm mechanically inclined and wrench on my bike, so I don't really need LBS support. Anyway I'm not a shill, but just giving an background. The bike I've been riding is a 29er and I ride it in the mountains and also commute a day or two a week with some 35mm road tires. I also have a 70's Windsor lugged steel frame that I completely rebuilt with flat bars. It's fun, and pretty nice looking, but not very efficient and with old suntour parts it's kinda limited unless I really want to go for a total drive train upgrade.
I'd also like to do more weekend road biking. I do not plan to race. Just ride for fun and possibly commute on the road bike. I'd like to do some distance rides like LOTAJA with friends.
Here's the options I've been kicking around. I'd love to have any opinions from people who've ridden any of these bikes or do or don't like something about them.
Litespeed M1 ($1449 plus $100 shipping) http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RODUCT.ID=9479
Cavalo w/ SRAM Force ($1450 plus ? shipping) http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...5_10000_202949
Motobecane Le Champ CF ($1599 shipped) comes in either SRAM Rival or Ultegra for that price http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cf_ltd_xi.htm
Or a Motobecane Ti bike ($1599) http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...heat_rival.htm
I'm really at a bit of a loss as to what direction I should be going. In the 61cm size, they all have basically the same geometry. I'd really love to hear any opinions of any of the bikes if you've ridden them or if one would be better than another for a heavy rider.