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Old 06-13-06, 06:33 PM   #1
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Fuji Roubaix Pro retuned...

Hi Folks,

I returned the Fuji Roubaix Pro. Bicycle just didn't work out. There were issues with the left hand shift levers. So, it looks like I'll have to look into the purchase of another bike.

The Fuji Roubaix Pro was on sale for $1050.00. Great price! I'm really sorry it didn't work out for me. So, the hunt begins after a brake from the last three weeks of "explicits".

How do most of you feel about Cannondales? If I go with a Cannondale, I'll have to up the amount of my buget. I was trying to stay under $1400. If I have to have Shimano Ultegra through out, then I'm going to have to pay more.

The way I see it though, I won't be purcasing another bicycle for a long long time. The Cannondale and the Gary Fisher Big sur should do. So, I'm going to take the plunge and possibly go all out for the Canondale Caad R-1000!

By the way, I did try to do a search on the Cannondale and I couldn't get access via the search button...

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Old 06-13-06, 08:16 PM   #2
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I've owned 2 Cannondales in my life, and they both were fine. I'm currently the owner of a T800 Cannondale. My only complaint about it is the thin tubes. I leaned the bike against a wall; it fell over, and now it's got dents in the top tube. They're not big, but you can't get them out. On my older Cannondale (their 5th year of production) the tubes were so thick this wouldn't have happened. Of course that bike was a tad heavier.

Good luck on your continued search.
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Old 06-13-06, 09:10 PM   #3
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The shop wouldn't give you satisfaction with a replacement brifter or adjustment? That seems a shame.
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The shop took it back? Wow.
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Have you looked at Giants? I haven't done much shopping lately but I seem to recall they offer a lot of value for the dollar.
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Yeah, they took the Fuji Roubaix Pro. I'm glad they did too, it gives me time to look at other options. I went to a local Giant and Felt store today and looked at the lower end bicycles. All the bikes I looked at were between $1700~$1900.

Yeah, I know. This much money does not buy you a lot of bike these days. The first was a Felt 65 and for that much money your still in aluminum and Shimano 105 territory. I'm trying to get in Shimano Ultegra territory and the Giant's OCR and TCR are both almost there.

The OCR and TCR looked good on their website, but I was not too impressed when I had a chance to inspect them up close. Dang Giants weighted in at 20 + LBS, due to the wheels. 3 Lbs between two wheels. So, in order to get the OCR or TCR down to 17 LBS. One must upgrade to $600 dallors wheels and $150 for Ultegra pedals. $1700 + 600 +150 = $2150 to get the OCR and the TCR where they should be.

The components on the Giants are not Ultegras through and through. Which really bummed me out! Which takes me back to the Cannondale CAAD R1000, which does come with Ultegra through and through with $600 dallors wheels to boot at $1700. Thus far, the R1000 looks really good to me. But I have not had the chance to ride any of these bicycles for a two hour ride either.

The only reason I haven't brought the R1000 home yet, is the common complaint of the CAAD 8's being a rough and hard ride. Not a good all around bike, ( good for the short and fast, but not good for long rides).

The other complaint lies in the Canonndales very thin and delicate tubing. I've heard of folks having their Cannondales fall or hit the sides of cars or SUV's lightly and get dinged or creased and no way to fix it.

Tomorrow I'm going to take a look at the LeMond and Specialized and see where $1700~$1900 territory gets me. On another note, I looked at Jamis too. If you look in the higher stratosphere, Jamis has some really sweet road bikes...

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Old 06-15-06, 12:55 AM   #7
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The OCR and TCR looked good on their website, but I was not too impressed when I had a chance to inspect them up close. Dang Giants weighted in at 20 + LBS, due to the wheels. 3 Lbs between two wheels. So, in order to get the OCR or TCR down to 17 LBS. One must upgrade to $600 dallors wheels and $150 for Ultegra pedals. $1700 + 600 +150 = $2150 to get the OCR and the TCR where they should be.

The components on the Giants are not Ultegras through and through. Which really bummed me out! Which takes me back to the Cannondale CAAD R1000, which does come with Ultegra through and through with $600 dallors wheels to boot at $1700. Thus far, the R1000 looks really good to me. But I have not had the chance to ride any of these bicycles for a two hour ride either.

Tomorrow I'm going to take a look at the LeMond and Specialized and see where $1700~$1900 territory gets me. On another note, I looked at Jamis too. If you look in the higher stratosphere, Jamis has some really sweet road bikes...

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Point about any bike is the heart of the bike. Giant do fall down on their components a bit but bikes are for upgrading too. The giant Frames are some of the best around. I recently looked at the OCR's and was not impressed- funnily enough- mainly on weight, but could have been tempted by the TCR's. Finished up with an SCR in preference to the OCR- but I am at the lowest end of the price scale. Do not know the LeMond bikes but Specialised have some very good bikes in their range.
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Yeah, they took the Fuji Roubaix Pro. I'm glad they did too, it gives me time to look at other options. I went to a local Giant and Felt store today and looked at the lower end bicycles. All the bikes I looked at were between $1700~$1900.

Yeah, I know. This much money does not buy you a lot of bike these days. The first was a Felt 65 and for that much money your still in aluminum and Shimano 105 territory. I'm trying to get in Shimano Ultegra territory and the Giant's OCR and TCR are both almost there.
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seems like component issues could easily be handled by the shop.
your musings here offer no real comments on what you didn't like about the Fuji. without really defining those issues clearly, moving to another bike won't necessarily be any 'improvement'.
If its about the 'stuff' on the bike, I've seriously flogged, thru quite some hard miles, both 105 and Ultegra components over the past couple of years, and neither have let me down. The 105 stuff seems as bulletproof as anything. I likie.
Good wheels are important, and the stuff I see in the $1000+ price range seems more than serviceable.
And looking at bikes everytime I drop into a shop, I gotta say I'd be happy to ride most any of the bikes I've seen in the $1000 to $1500 price range (with my saddles and eggbeaters...)

But your needs are your needs

I guess I'm not quite clear what the point or object of your post was...
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Old 06-16-06, 06:21 PM   #9
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I went a head and ordered the Cannondale R1000 in the red and black. Should be in sometime in the middle of next week. I can't wait to see it in a 52cm, the ones they had at the LBS where 54 and up. I'm looking foward to get back on the saddle, and speaking about saddles.

I'll probably need to look into buying a good one. If anyone can chime in and give me a heads up on a good saddle, please do so.

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Old 06-16-06, 06:47 PM   #10
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If your a small guy like me - Selle San Marco Aspide Aerohead Gelaround.

I swear by this thing. It's quite narrow. It got some padding, but not too much, and a small cutout.

I can sit on this thing indefinitely.

Doesn't mean you're going to like it, of course...
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Old 06-16-06, 08:07 PM   #11
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jwbnyc,

Thank you for your prompt reply. I've been thinking something along the lines of a Selle San Marco saddle, I just need to go and look at some. I'll give the Aspide Aerohead Gelaround a looksie when I start to check them out.

If you mean small guy as in 5-7 @ about 153~157, then yes, then I'm a small guy. Even though I may seem over weight for my size, my fat to muscle ratio is low, about 11%~13% fat. So, I actually look pretty lean.

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Performance has them on sale right now, FYI.

There's a coupon code over in the coupon forum and RIDE99 will get you 99 cent shipping.

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Old 06-17-06, 01:22 PM   #13
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jwbnyc* thank you soo much for the heads up! I just ordered the Aspide Aerohead Gelaround TT through Performance and used code RIDE99.

Worked without a hitch! Got the shipping for 99 cents, but had to pay tax. Guess Performance must be located in California. All and all, I feel I got a good deal...

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I have never used the TT version, just the cutout gel std version:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

I hope you like the saddle in any event.
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