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Old 12-24-12, 08:17 PM   #1
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I want a racing/endurance bike!

I've been commuting full-time for a while now. My current go-to is my Windsor Tourist. Its like most commuters, outfitted with rack, fenders, bags, etc. Most here understand why. The last thread I started about the "next bike" got me thinking. I've been really wanting to do some recreational riding, like charity races and maybe complete a century this coming year. I really want a race bike!

I ran this past the wife since I already have 4 complete bikes plus a few frames put aside for projects. So we negotiated some and we agreed (aka- she's allowing me) that I could have a race bike provided I trim the herd to just two (my oldest children get the other bikes).

So anyways, for those that commute but also race and do charity rides, what bike should I be looking at? I posted a similar thread in the Road Bike forum but thought I would get a more understanding from the folks here. Here is my criteria:

Aluminum, steel or carbon frame set.
Shimano 105 or better.
About 20 pounds complete.

I am open to most any make/model. I have looked closely at the Cannondale CAAD8 and this would comes very close to my specs and price range (msrp $1500-ish). I would rather buy as a complete, and would rather buy local, but I am not afraid to mail-order and put together.

Suggestions welcome.
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Old 12-24-12, 09:18 PM   #2
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In addition to the Cannondale model, you may want to look at the Trek 1.5 and the Giant Defy 1. All of these would be a good choice for you, retail in your price range and have the components you want.
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Best deal I know about:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...ODUCT.ID=32174
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Since my Tourist is steel, I am a bit partial to that material. I see Jamis is making a few more steel bikes than last year. Prices not all that bad either. Bianchi and Specialized are making steel now, so I've heard.

Thanks for the replies and links!
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Since my Tourist is steel and very heavy.


Ride quality is related to the PSI in the tires.


I have the 2011 version of this one.
It is so responsive and nimble you can't believe it.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...ODUCT.ID=32386
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That BMC, 10 Wheels, looks nice.
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I have the 2011 version of this one.
It is so responsive and nimble you can't believe it.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...ODUCT.ID=32386
Ever do business with them?
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Ever do business with them?
Bought two this year:

They arrive like this.
Assembled and test rode and adjusted by a mechanic, then packed.



2600 miles now on this one with a few centuries.



Got The White one first just to ride 100 miles on this track.

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Since my Tourist is steel and very heavy.
I haven't looked too close at carbon in the past several months. Looks like the prices really came down!

And yes, the Tourist is heavy. haven't weighed it lately... just don't want to know.
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Thanks for the info and the pics. I've bought from BD (that's where the tourist came from) and I am not afraid to buy from them again. I also looked at Performance's Scattante brand as well. Never read much about BMC although I understand they are a well respected brand.
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I haven't looked too close at carbon in the past several months. Looks like the prices really came down!

And yes, the Tourist is heavy. haven't weighed it lately... just don't want to know.
I ride every week with a friend on his heavy tourist.
He now has 67,000 mile on it.

He rode it 750 miles for his 75th Birthday.

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Have fun shopping...Let us know what you get.
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Old 12-24-12, 10:27 PM   #13
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I really like my caad 8 105, I commute with it and want to have something that I can do much of what you want to do. I am planning on mounting some fenders on mine and right now trying to decide if I want to install pannier rack or just carry a messenger bag.

I moved from a kilo fixed gear, I really liked the feel of my steel kilo but wanted gears because my commute. I wanted something aluminum because of riding on campus. I recently gave mine a new paint job, but I couldn't be happier with my caad.
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I do my charity/organized/long distance rides on a Motobecane LeChamp Ti. I love that bike.
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I still think the Felt Z85 has great specs for the price. Aluminum, 20 lb, 105 group, $1350 MSRP. If you can find a 2012 you can probably save $. Depending on your budget, you can get unknown carbon fiber: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cf_ltd_xi.htm with Ultegra components :-) The Motobecane LeChamp Ti is metioned a lot on these forums and people like it. I think many people have purchased from Competitve Cyclist and are very happy. BMC is top notch, high quality bike. You've already ordered online, so you probably know the drill..... but, I would ask about return policy. And what happens if the bike is the wrong size.

There are lots of bikes out there. In the $1500 range, I think you can find a number of bikes that are 105 and 20 lbs, especially if you shop around or find a 2012 bike. And don't put your nose up at the "plush" bikes. They are nearly the same bike as performance counterpart. Differences will be frame geometry and seat, for the most part, and you'll get a smoother ride.
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Trek Domane is another choice.. novel seat tube suspension , for a more comfortable saddle..

with minimal weight gain modest price range are Aluminum, higher, carbon.
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A few hundred dollars more and you could get this :

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...hamp_ti_10.htm
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Thanks for the suggestions. Lots of options I never thought to consider before.
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Look at a Giant TCR Comp 2, or the less expensive TCR aluminum. The TCR Comp 2 is just under 2k and full carbon, but you should be able to find last years model for less. I did NOT buy a Giant when I looked (already 7 years ago) but always somewhat regretted it. I bought a Kuota Kharma instead, a lot more money, custom build, and probably no better than a Giant for a lot less. Don't get me wrong, the Kuota is a great bike, but so are the Giants.
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I have a Cannondale Synapse 5 105 (alloy) that set me back $1099. Unlike the CF models, the alloy has fender mounts. There aren't any mounts for racks though. I love it.

The Specialized Roubaix is also something to consider. That was slightly out of my price range, but I did like it. You can probably find a clearance model for around $1500. I've also heard great things about the Fuji Gran Fondo and the Giant Defy.
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Depends on the fit and handling you prefer. If you have some saddle-to-bar drop happening with your Windsor don't rule out a more "race" style bike. Even some "race" bikes like the Specialized Tarmac and most Ridleys have fairly tall head tubes.

I'd just start with riding some bikes. Now is a great time to buy a road bike if you have the dough.
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I love this bike:

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...52_-1___202339

Its full ultegra 6700 except for the slk carbon crank. I bought it for $1300 during one of nashbar's 20% off sales.

I swapped the heavy post and stem for a thomson and loaded respectively. Since I ride to climb the triple is fine with me. When I wear it out I will probably install a compact or 52-34.
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Specialized Secteur is nice too.
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Another great deal over at Competitive Cyclist: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...ODUCT.ID=32903

This one's a bit over your initial price range, but would be a fantastic bike, IMO. http://www.eriksbikeshop.com/2011-Ro...3C8476/Product

Here's a nice option: http://www.eriksbikeshop.com/2012-La...C11964/Product

Of course, you're into BikesDirect ti territory, which is pretty enticing, IMO.
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I used to look at the BikesDirect site and think they were a good deal, but I've seen them up close and I'm never impressed.

Go to all of the LBS in your area and try everything they have in your price range. At this time of year there'll be plenty of sales. It's post-Xmas and still winter, even in SoCal (where is K'ville? Knoxville?) I'd start with Giant (as I said above), C'Dale, Specialized, Trek, and then go to the next group that sometimes are a little cheaper. Find what type of bike you want, an all-out road racer, or a more comfortable type made for distance riding (not always so different from each other anymore.) Take them for a spin, ride up a hill, see how it responds on turns.

We can all tell you what to buy based on what we have, but you need to try it yourself.
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