If you had a $2,000 budget
What bike would you buy? I am in the market for a new bike (converting from MTB) and have probably done too much research on frame types etc. Would you but a high end alum. or Ti of CF? I am not a weight weenie but do not want a 30lb bike either, lol. I am 6'-4" and weigh 235. Would be doing shorter club type rides to start with with the goal of doing some centuries later on. I have the mind-set of dont waste your mone on a middle of the road bike when you can spend a tad bit more and get what you wanted in the first place.
Bikes I have considered/looked at are: Trek 5200, Trek 2300, Felt F35, Cannondale R1000, Litespeed Firenze. Did receive some literature on the very cool bikes from Seven, but thoase are just a little too pricey for my budget, just the frame is $2400.
Let me know what you guys would do if you were in my shoes.
Under $2000 with style and tradition
I was faced with just your decision earlier this year. $2k to spend and what to buy? As another poster mentioned, the right answer could depend on what your goals are. Speed an any cost? Comfort? Lightest weight?
My goals were formed by my love for the Tour (sorry le tour) and all things Italian. Oh and also a special movie called Breaking Away.
With this in mind, I shopped around giving each cycle shop I went to my three requirements: Italian made, Campy components and Steel.
I ended up with a Colnago Classic with Campy Veloce components for about $1800. It's not the lightest bike around (about 20lbs.) but I simply love it. It looks great, feels great and so far has been very reliable.
Lots of guys in my group ride Colago's (one costing over $7000) so it's not exactly a unique ride. But it is one purchase I will never regret.
This is what 2K bought me.....