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Old 10-15-11, 10:39 PM   #1
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Help picking first road bike. Trek vs Cannondale

Hey guys I need some helping choosing between the CAAD9 with 105 and Trek 1.5. I really want to get a Cannondale CAAD9 with 105 components but my budget was really for $1000. The LBS's lowest price was $1300 for a 2009. The other bike I am considering is a 2011 Trek 1.5 with Tiagra components for $900. Should I just get the Trek since I am only using it once or twice a week to commute to work (10 miles round trip) and hopefully some riding over the weekend? Will I notice that much of a difference between the Tiagra and 105 components? I tested out the CAAD9 with 105 and that thing shifted awesome but the ride was a little stiff. Any advice will be much appreciated.
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Old 10-15-11, 11:11 PM   #2
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I agree that 105 shifts a bit smoother than Tiagra,
but you can upgrade your gruppo in the future. I
recommend just getting the Trek if that's what will
fit your budget. I've been commuting on my Tiagra
equipped bike now for 2 years, 100 miles/week in
all kinds of conditions. Components seem to be doing ok

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Old 10-15-11, 11:52 PM   #3
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You are gonna have one heck of a time finding a 105 group for the $300 difference. With that said, I also feel that Tiagra is a nice groupset and likely all you will ever need.
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Hey there Foblander!

Aluminum-framed road and hybrid bikes will most likely give you many years of good service. However, IMHO, there's just nothing like a steel-framed bike to suit your budget. Though they may appear to be cheaper now, in time, they will prove priceless, in both quality of ride, and longevity of service.

All of Jamis bikes that are state-of-the-art chromoly-steel-framed bicycles, will last for decades as long as they are kept dry. No one can say that about any aluminum-framed bicycle being used on a routine basis. I only say this, because aluminum has a short fatigue life compared to steel. Make your next bicycle purchase an investment for the future. Perhaps, pass your bike on to your grandkids.

Once you've purchased your incredibly light chromoly-framed bicycle, you can upgrade it as highly as you like in the future, as parts wear out. However, as they wear out, your chromoly steel framed bike will still remain the invincible riding machine, that it was originally designed to be. While much stronger, most chromoly frames share relatively equivalent weights as their aluminum cousins.

Jamis chromoly steel-framed bicycles are fast and nimble. They have a very distinctively comfortable feel. Their riders usually become infused with confidence and pride.

There's absolutely no shame in owning a Jamis chromoly steel-framed bike! Save your money towards future upgrades. Get your chromoly steel-framed bike, first!

http://talu.com/materials.php

http://www.brightspoke.com/c/underst...materials.html

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Of course, the most important thing to do, is to get fitted. The Jamis people will most likely do that free of charge if you're going to make a purchase.

* After a year or so, you can put 105's on your Satellite or Coda, whenever you get ready!

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Old 10-16-11, 04:02 AM   #5
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The Cannondale and the Trek are both great bikes. With respect to the choice between Tiagra and 105, they're likely to shift about the same; the differences is that 105 components are a bit lighter and will probably last a bit longer.

Not that you asked, but aluminum is the best choice for a frame material in your price range. Lighter than steel, and likely to be at least as durable over the long run, although chances are you'll never have a problem with whatever frame you buy. Both companies provide a lifetime frame warranty to the original purchaser, anyway.

As to the ride, if they're set up to fit you correctly, bikes with the same wheelbase and tire pressure ride pretty much the same, so go with whichever of the two bikes you're more drawn to.
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Old 10-16-11, 04:15 AM   #6
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Foblander, just go and try riding the Trek and the Cannondale. However, try the Jamis bikes out, too!

YOU BE THE JUDGE FOR YOURSELF!!!

Here are a few pics of the Jamis line just in case you may be open to other suggestions:

The Jamis Coda Sport ~ Acera (R)/M191(Shimano) - $560 (hybrid)

The Jamis Coda Comp ~ Deore (R)/Alivio (F) - $770 (hybrid)

The Jamis Satellite Sport ~ Sora (R)/2303(Shimano) - $700 (Road)

The Jamis Satellite Comp ~ Tiagra (R)/Sora (F) - $1000 (Road)
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Old 10-16-11, 04:46 AM   #7
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SlimRider: wow you seem to be steel bike fanatic.

To the question: Some people say Trek is overpriced? I have looked at their bikes and their a tad bit to expensive for my budget. I've heard they have a lifetime warranty too. I'm not sure about cannondale, got none of them here or at least haven't seen any. Trek isn't popular here either.
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Shop the Dealer first, then shop the model within, brand of bike they sell.

If the 105 equipped bike is too expensive
look at a bike in the price-point you Can afford,
It will still get you down the road.. just fine..
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Go ride them both imo!
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Thanks for the advice guys. I actually found a 2009 CAAD9 with sora/ tiagra components for $480 on craigslist. The thumb shifting wasn't what I was looking for but I think it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be so I'm happy to finally own my first road bike I figured the frame was a solid frame to build up if I get more into cycling. I can't wait to ride it!
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Thanks for the advice guys. I actually found a 2009 CAAD9 with sora/ tiagra components for $480 on craigslist. The thumb shifting wasn't what I was looking for but I think it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be so I'm happy to finally own my first road bike I figured the frame was a solid frame to build up if I get more into cycling. I can't wait to ride it!
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Old 10-17-11, 10:22 AM   #14
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Thanks for the advice guys. I actually found a 2009 CAAD9 with sora/ tiagra components for $480 on craigslist. The thumb shifting wasn't what I was looking for but I think it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be so I'm happy to finally own my first road bike I figured the frame was a solid frame to build up if I get more into cycling. I can't wait to ride it!
For a newer road bike rider the thumb shifters on the hoods are actually kind of handy. The shifting is much more like the types found on many hybrids and MTB's and is easy to get used to. Down the road you will find a need for the lever shift on brifters of Tiagra and up, because you can't shift the older Sora from the drops. With the money you saved picking that up off CL, you have the cash left over to get a nice groupo later down the road. For now, I might suggest you invest in some nice riding gear and safety equipment like a helmet, some gloves, and lights.
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Thanks guys. The previous owner of the bike actually bought it from a respectable LBS in town so I am glad that they already have records of the bike and know everything there is to know about it from the past tuneups. I visited a couple LBS and this shop was the friendliest so I feel better knowing they will be taking care of my bike maintenance from here on. I'll try and swing by the shop this weekend to get the $50 bike fitment and pick up some gear.
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Trek = Lance Armstrong = Seven Consecutive TDF wins (or something along those lines )
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