I'm an ultra runner who is getting into ultra cycling and would like some advise on a road bike purchase from you veterans.
I'm 170# 32 y/o very flexible and have done 100 mile and 38+ hour non stop running events. I would like to get into solo non stop 500 mile events and need help with the purchase of my first carbon road bike. I currently have a Austro Daimler in 531 steel thats ss/fixed. I have done a 300 mile and two 200 mile training ride on this bike. I want to keep training these distance, but in a geared bike road bike.
My budget is $3500. I do not mind buying used... also i know i can upgrade wheel set or components 6-8 months down the line after all my later winter and spring training..
Bikes I'm looking at - Colnago CX Zero Evo -BMC Grandfondo and the Specialized Roubiax.
I would like to hear any insight on the Colnago CX Zero Evo for an endurance machine as well as the other two.
Also if you have a totally deff bike you think i should look at im all ears.
Thanks for the help!
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I think the Roubaix is a really great bike, it is stable and comfortable with room to fit wider tires if desired. I was actually very surprised at how much the Zerts inserts actually helped with road vibration which was nice. Like most OE equipment, the wheels leave something to be desired at most trim levels but like you mention that is an easy upgrade.
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If you're shooting for 1,200 Km (750 miles or longer) events, comfort will be paramount. I am assuming "solo" means you're planning to ride "unsupported", except for what you can obtain at checkpoints, convenience stores, etc. If this is the case, for self-support you need to plan for ways to carry clothing for all kinds of weather, food, spare parts, tools, medication, etc. Something to keep in mind is that if the components of your desired bike (e.g., mainly handlebar and seapost) are made of carbon fiber, they will need to be certified for the use of a handlebar bag (or aero bars) and rear rack. If they're made of aluminum, they're usually fine. Other than that, any of the bikes you mention should be fine as long as you get fitted properly for comfort.
Glad to hear you're very flexible because this means there are more suitable bikes for you out there. Just keep in mind that a more aggressive position is fine, even desirable, for competition like gran fondos. But on an ultra-long distance event an aggressive position can become a nightmare if it is the source of many painful ailments on your back, neck or hands. As you increasingly get tired, a more relaxed position can save the day. Along these lines, you might want to leave some room (at least 1") in your fork's steer tube to raise your handlebar on-the-go if ever needed. I personally would not settle for a bike that will require changing stems if you need a higher handlebar. You should also be able to adjust the saddle at least one inch up from the position estimated during your fitting. If any of these bikes can't accommodate this sort of adjustments for you, I would suggest to move on no matter how pretty the bike looks.
Given your choices, are you set on carbon fiber for your frameset?