Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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If he's looking for something to impress his buddies with the (former) size of his wallet, then certainly skip it.
If he's looking for something that's rock solid, dependable and a good value, a ten-year-old Ti frame hung with 9-speed Dura-Ace is pretty hard to beat.
Then again, I'm biased since I recently acquired just such a beastie.
I have 10-speed, 9-speed and 8-speed bikes. I'm coming to view 10-speed as somewhat more frail and considerably overpriced. All you get over 9-speed is an 18-tooth cog (on a 12-23 cassette). Chains are two to three times as costly and don't last nearly as long.
True, the top 9-speed cassette you can get is "only" Ultegra, but Ultegra is plenty good enough for me. YMMV.
EDIT: I think $2K might be a little high. I ended up paying about $1,500. I overpaid a bit for the Ti frame, but I also got a nice steel frame with the components.
Last edited by tsl; 06-21-10 at 06:13 AM.