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Old 05-22-03, 02:18 AM   #1
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I Hate Choosing!!!

When I first got a road bike, it was for $750 from my boss. He basically pulled one off the wall and said "this bike will suit you"

Now that I am fully into road riding, it's not going to be that simple! So far I have found::http://www.vectorstar.net/~porsche/F...ew%20bikes.doc

But it keeps growing as I search through LBS web sites.

Basically I am going by this Criteria:
Must be under $3,000 NZD
Must have carbon forks
Must have full Shimano 105
Must be a Double Chainring setup
Must be available in my size (approx 58cm)
Must have replaceable Deraileur hanger.

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Old 05-22-03, 02:38 AM   #2
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Hi NZLCyclist
Have you considered an Avanti bike?
Or a Raceline?
They're both local (to NZ and Aus), well equipped and well priced.
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For under the 3K mark there is a Raceline Pave, but has alot of mixed components and none of the carbon stuff etc.

I have been in contact with someone that knows what they are talking about and they reckon keep away from Avanti and Wheeler....dunno why but I don't like the looks of the bikes anyway.

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I didn't think Avanti were all that bad considering the triathletes using them.
What's NZ$3000 worth in Aussie dollars?
I was looking for a 105 bike several months ago and tried out quite a few ..
don't know whether they fit the price you're after though ..
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3000NZD = 2,652.64 AUD
1,743.52 USD
1,491.24 EUR

ask for any others.

The local Avanti dealers are a bunch of Dumasses anyway......stuff em

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Some 105 bikes .. and cost in Aussie dollars (rrp - should be able to knock down the price a bit)
some are above the price range you're after ... but see how you go

Cannondale R800, CAAD5 frame, Slice Ultra Si fork, Gipiemme Grecal Parade Wheels, $3,199

Diamondback Podium, Al triple butted frame, carbon fork, shimano 540 wheels, $2,599

Felt F65, Butted Al frame, Carbon Blades/Al fork, mavic cxp22 wheels, $2,279

Giant OCR1, 6061 Al frame, Carbon straight blade, mavix cxp 22 wheels, $1,899

Giant TCR2, 6013 frame, Carbon straight blade, mavic cxp 22 wheels, $2,799

Gitane Mach 1800, Al 7005 frame, carbon forks, weinmann DP-18 wheels, $1,840

Lemond Alpe dHuez, Lemond Al, Carbon Straight blade fork, Mavic cxp 21 wheels, $2,899

Merida Road 904, Al butted frame, martec carbon frame, ritchey pro comp wheels, $2,205

Merida Magnesium 905, same as 904 but with Magnesium frame, $2,750

Norco CRR-1, 7005 Al frame, Carbon fork, Alex A class alx 320, $2,399

Trek 1400, Alpha SL frame, Carbon straight blade fork, Trek aurora wheels, $2,799

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According to the Diamondback website there is no such thing as the Podium......

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And on the Felt website, the F65 isnt available in a Double chainring option.

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Damn, you guys get screwed over on price!
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As for the Felt why not talk to a LBS that carries it, I'm sure they would swap out the tripple for a double drivetrain.
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we sure do George....... its called being in the bottom corner of the world. I was thinking of asking the bike store if I could do a swap. The Fuji is also a Triple.

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I have to find a store that stocks Felt.....I have just updated the list of bikes. now at 550KB!

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I can't seem to find an NZ dealer for Felt!

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I don't see how this is helping. Your title is, "I Hate Choosing," and now you have been given more choices. . . LOL! I say close your eyes and throw a dart at your list
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I have plenty of time to choose....might as well find one that totally suits me!

I have only seen the Specialized in a shop.... so yeah. Have to see them first!

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The only 2 options I have out of that list that one of you guys posted is the Norco and Felt, but I can't get Felt here! I don't know about the Norco, have emailed the distributor

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I will have my original wheelset from my Apollo rebuilt with105 hubs for training, and keep the good wheels for racing etc.

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