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Old 06-04-12, 12:46 PM   #1
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Low end cost for under 20 lb carbon fiber bike?

What is the low end price range for a new carbon fiber road bike weighing under 20 pounds? Don't need anything fancy. Basic features only.

Just trying to cut my weight from the 30 lb aluminum Schwinn.
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Old 06-04-12, 02:24 PM   #2
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Check out the Nashbar Carbon road bike. Not sure if it's under 20 lbs. but it can't be too far off; frame is only 2 lbs. 5 oz's.

The majority of entry level carbon bikes from many of the name brand companies can be had for under 2k as you can usually catch a sale. Performance has some nice Fuji's for cheap as well along with their own Scattante house brands. Also, not sure if these are under 20 but most probably are.
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$1295 at BikesDirect

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rtalpro_xi.htm
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Check out the Schwinn Paramount 7 from Performance - and note that they have a big deal this coming weekend (30% back as store credit/points).
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Someone got a brand X direct from China for cheap.. wrote about it last year..

then needed online coaching to put it together..
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If you want basic, no point spending money on carbon, you can get a perfectly good ~21 lb aluminum bike with components as good if not better than anything that was linked above, for about 900 bucks. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rvus_al_xi.htm

However, If carbon is what you really want, a carbon bike from a retailer's house brand like Scattante can be had for 1500 before discounts, carbon bikes from major brands (Trek, Specialized, Cannondale) start at MSRP $2000, but they can be found cheaper if you look around.

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Find a local LBS that carries Felts. http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2012...eries/Z85.aspx. The Z85 has excellent components and is 20 lbs. It is not carbon. Purchasing locally will allow you to test ride bikes and receive a fit when you purchase. LBS also usually throw in a 10% discount on accessories when you purchase a bike in addition to some kind of free service. If you want CF, the Trek 3.1 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...1_h2_compact/# is a quality entry level CF bike. Most manufacturers don't provide bike weights.
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If you want CF, the Trek 3.1 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...1_h2_compact/# is a quality entry level CF bike.
To illustrate the kinds of deals that can be had from time to time, our local Trek dealer is currently offering previous model year Trek Madone 4.7 for $1800 and Trek Madone 3.1 WSD (women specific design, in-stock sizes only) for $1500. 3.1 is 105/Tiagra mix and 4.7 is 105/Ultegra mix.
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Don't need anything fancy. Basic features only.

Just trying to cut my weight from the 30 lb aluminum Schwinn.
drop the carbon frame thing, and get a newer aluminum framed bike then..
Saves weight and money..

and don't put on accessories. to add the weight back on ..
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What is the low end price range for a new carbon fiber road bike weighing under 20 pounds? Don't need anything fancy. Basic features only.

Just trying to cut my weight from the 30 lb aluminum Schwinn.
What's your current bike? Pics might help.. especially if you've got it over loaded...
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It's a low-end Schwin alum/steel hybrid that I got for $200. After replacing the stock wheels with Bontreger race tires and lightweight rims, it's down to about 30 pounds.

But I still feel the weight of this partly steel bike. After working on the "motor" through daily riding for almost a year, I'm ready to shed the entry-level boat anchor for something lighter. (Don't have a pic right now.)

Also I'm wondering, if you can get under-20 lb. aluminum bikes, what are the advantages of carbon fiber other than a few less pounds? (Though I think CF bikes look cool.)
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Call me a dinosaur (because I am one), but I'm not sure it's a good idea to make "cheap," "under 20 pounds" and "carbon fiber" the top three qualities on your checklist. Carbon can be enormously strong, but when you start cutting costs, you edge toward Catastrophic Failure Territory.
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My 2011 3.1 Madone is a decent bike and it weighs in at 19 lbs. Purchased new from my LBS 6 weeks ago for $1300. However, my 2011 CAAD 10 is a much better ride, and weighs in at 17 lbs. Same LBS still has 3 2011 CAAD10-1's (all red & white, 2 56 cm and 1 54 cm) for $2050.
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My steel tempo weighs in at 19.5 and a few parts are what I consider substandard... if your so mechanically inclined you could just find an appropriate frame to transfer your nicer bits over to.
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Carbon can be enormously strong, but when you start cutting costs, you edge toward Catastrophic Failure Territory.
Some evidence please? Or is this baloney purely non fact based opinion?
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Old 06-05-12, 06:45 PM   #17
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It's a low-end Schwin alum/steel hybrid that I got for $200. After replacing the stock wheels with Bontreger race tires and lightweight rims, it's down to about 30 pounds.

But I still feel the weight of this partly steel bike. After working on the "motor" through daily riding for almost a year, I'm ready to shed the entry-level boat anchor for something lighter. (Don't have a pic right now.)

Also I'm wondering, if you can get under-20 lb. aluminum bikes, what are the advantages of carbon fiber other than a few less pounds? (Though I think CF bikes look cool.)
So, let me get this straight... You are tired of you 30lbs. low end schwin and now you want a fancy carbon fiber bike? (reminds me of a guy who got tired of his junker car and got a ferrari)

If you really want the basic features, here you go, I just weighed mine, 20.8Lbs.

I am not sure where you live but CF bikes scream steal me, and they sometimes require you to take special care for maintenance and installation. (Think of CF handle bars).
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.......drop the carbon frame thing, and get a newer aluminum framed bike then..
Saves weight and money........
That is exactly what I did!!!! I was considering a carbon frame road bike a few years ago and after much research, I ended up with a great aluminum frame road bike (Giant) with really good components and all for under 20 lbs. Can't beat that for the money!!!! I paid less then $1000. Never looked back!!
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If you really want the basic features, here you go,
Not looking for single speeds.
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