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    need advice!!: first road bike

    Hey guys, i'm looking to buy my first road bike this weekend. The two bikes I looked at and I did test ride is the 2012 Giant Defy 5 and 2012 Scott speedster s30. Imo, both were comfortable and good bikes. The defy 5 is $600 and s30 is $850. I will be riding 2-4x/week maybe 40/50 miles total. Mostly riding on flat roads and mainly for fun/fitness. i know the s30 has a lighter frame and better components/shifting. but is it worth the extra $200? or is the defy 5 good enough to start with? need some input. thanks!!

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    The components across the board on the Scott are two levels higher than the Giant. I think it's worth the extra $250. Not many people here recommend 2300 level components. Riding 40-50 miles a week is a lot of riding and the Tiagra components will hold up better than the 2300. The integrated shifters on Tiagra are better than the shifters on 2300 component set. I don't have any experience with 2300; perhaps someone who has can chime in with why it's terrible.

    You should get years of quality riding with Tiagra components.
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    thanks for the advice. yeah, i've heard some bad and also good things about the shimano 2300. actually i might be exaggerating a bit on the miles per week. it's more so under 40 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwf1688 View Post
    thanks for the advice. yeah, i've heard some bad and also good things about the shimano 2300. actually i might be exaggerating a bit on the miles per week. it's more so under 40 miles
    Go with the Scott for all of the reasons that A1Penguin has already explained!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Go with the Scott for all of the reasons that A1Penguin has already explained!
    +1

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    thanks guys! appreciate it

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    Go with the brand sold and serviced by your favorite Local Bike Shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Go with the brand sold and serviced by your favorite Local Bike Shop.
    Agree and if that shop is a Giant dealer- then look at the Defy4 or even the 3. The 5 is just too low a spec for any regular riding.
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    The appropriate bike to compare the Scott S30 to would be the Defy 4 (presumably but I couldn't find it on their website. But even the Defy 3 is a 9 speed Sora and $1,020 msrp whereas the S30 is a 10 speed (newer tech) and Tiagra (which is one level above Sora) and has a carbon fork whereas the Defy 3 has a composite fork

    Are you sure the S30 is 850? Quick look online indicates the price is closer to 1k+
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    Quote Originally Posted by deburn View Post
    S30 has a carbon fork whereas the Defy 3 has a composite fork
    Could you explain the difference for me?

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    yeah the s30 is on sale at local bike shop... but i didn't pick it up . still undecided and shopping around.

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    found a 2011 trek 1.5 used for $700 is that a good deal?

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    If there's nothing wrong with it, and it hasn't been involved in an accident where it took a big hit, I'd offer $600, but I'd bring $700, just in case.

    However, it must fit perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Could you explain the difference for me?
    One breaks within the first year and the other won't go more than twelve months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwf1688 View Post
    found a 2011 trek 1.5 used for $700 is that a good deal?
    That bike won't last long at that price! It's a very good price. If it fits you well, it will be the equivalent of the Scott.
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    thanks guys for all the input!!

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