Hey all, I'm in the market for my first road bike, my roommate is really getting me into cycling. He's taught me a few things to look for when buying bikes, mostly that the decal across the frame isn't the most important thing, it's the components that goes into making the bike. I've seen a few people get yelled at and have had their post turned into a debating thread, but I'm going to bring it up, www.bikesdirect.com.
I want a bike that has AT LEAST Shimano Tiagra components, but would like some 105's or some Ultegras. I've looked on eBay and Craigslist, but I don't really trust buying a used bike. Like I said, I'm novice to this, previous to now, the most expensive bike I've owned was a Diamondback that I picked up at my LBS ($300).
This was the bike I was looking into, http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...corvus_al8.htm , the paint job is fugly and looks like a bowling ball that you would rent at your local lanes, but right now it seems like a good deal for the price I'm looking at (upto $800). I just want to get your guy's opinions and help. If you have some suggestions or other alternatives to look at please feel free to tell me. Other notes: I'm 6'1" and around 200lbs. Thanks in advanced
Edit: Yeah...this probably belongs in the Road Cycling section...sry about that.