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Join Date: Mar 2000
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Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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New? Maybe Not! Try Used?
All good advice and I agree with what has already been said, I really like the stumpjumpers, but I work at a shop that sells C'Dales and they're very nice as well. Currently, we have two left over models that have been reduced and are in your price range, a F600 and a F700. Thus proving, you can get a great deal on old stock items, so check around and ride as many different bikes as you can. Also, my advice is to spend your money on a better frame, and not worry too much about the components. The components will wear out and need to be replaced, so upgrade at that point. You're more likely to keep the frame for a lot longer if it's of better quality.
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