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    Advice required, new bike

    Greetings,

    I want to invest in a cyclocross. Im new to this, but beleive its worth investing in a good bike initially. Id be using it for everything really. Roads, offroad, maybe even race eventually...

    I looked at a specialized tricross sport and thought it looked pretty good. After research online however, it seems i may be better spending a little more on the comp. The thing is Kona caught my eye. Unfortunately none of my local bike shops stock kona, so test riding isnt easy unfortunately. I beleive i could get a Specialized comp ordered in for testing, as the local bike shop has the tricross sport and has the comp available online. Should i just stick with the pool of bikes available locally, bikes i can actually test before buying? Or is buying "blind" online, based on reviews etc an option, worth the risk?

    In all honesty, the tricross sport was more than i wanted to spend. But as i say, after much research, ive realised that most of the time, you get what you pay for and i think id rather invest in the best bike i can afford.

    Are there any others i should be considering?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

    Thanks

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    The Fuji Cross Comp is nicely equipped for $899 at Performance. My friends got one and I thought was a good buy.

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    K2 Enemy is 850 right now at REI for another 2 days or so. I just ordered one, and if I hate it I can return it.

    It seems like the lowest MSRPs on race-worthy bikes are around 1100 bucks, usually Aluminum with carbon fork, Tiagra components. The surly cross check has a good component spec for a bit less, but it's not really meant to be a race bike. That said, it's a good bike for anyone to have in their stable and it can certainly be raced, it just has its limits.

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    The K2 seems good but the Fuji is full 105 group for a similar price.

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    Good point. I'd jump on it if there was a Performance anywhere near here.

    EDIT: I can't find the Fuji on the PB website. Any help?
    Last edited by M_S; 10-12-07 at 10:22 PM.

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    Redline frame and fork $199
    >FSA carbon cranks $179
    > old saddle from 2 years ago
    >FSA seatpost $23
    >FSA +6/ 120mm stem $10
    >handlebars $8
    >modolo shifters $76
    >open pro wheels, 8+ years old, already had
    >Kenda tires $18
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    >rear cassette = had it
    >105 9sp chain $14
    >cables,handlebar tape, misc $26
    ----- Original Message -----

    got the Conquest pro for f & f for $199 from a guy who was parting out a complete bike from his shop.
    I love it....
    I have enough words to get me into trouble, but not enough to get me out of trouble.

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    just a blurb about online buying...

    I have just finished my 3rd cyclocross race with a bike I got online,
    and am pretty impressed with it. I saw 6 of these at the UCI races this
    weekend...and some cat 2 elite were on the same bike

    motobecane fantom cross, 795$. it is a really decent bike. totally raceable
    and it takes a pounding and keeps on running just fine.

    jus saying...you won't win any OCP awards with it, but it does the job

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