NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Originally Posted by Dutchy
I'd go with the Specialized.
However, I will add what I'm sure everyone is expecting me to respond with!
GO TEST RIDE ALL THREE BIKES! Numerous times, even if this means going to different shops back and forth and back and forth. It's your money, test ride the bikes until you absolutely know which one is the best fit and you'll be most comfortable on.
DON't worry about which has a better fork or a better derailleur. At this price point the differences in components is miniscule. REALLY! I've been in the bike industry for close to 20 years. The differences are frame geometry, decals and paint!
If the one that costs $20 more is the one you are most comfortable on, SPEND THE $20 extra dollars. This is hopefully a bike you'll have for at least a couple of years. Let's see 365 *2 = 730. $20/730 =.027 per day! Spend the $20!
Now, if you really can't decide between the three, buy the one that comes from the better shop. Your bike shop is a place where you'll want to establish a good relation with the owner, mechanics, sales people (in many shops these are all one person). Find out who'll treat you best. Who has organized rides. Who is involved in racing (if you might get into that)....etc.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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