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Old 06-03-11, 08:49 PM   #1
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Another buying advice thread...

I'm sure the forum sees this type of post frequently, and I apologize for more of the same. However, I am new to "real" bikes and do not have a good idea of how parts compare, beyond 105 being better than tiagra, etc., so your help and advice are much appreciated.

I have no intention of doing any cyclocross races at this time; I am looking for a versatile bike for exercise and enjoyment. It does not need to be a commuter. One of my LBS's has an unused 2010 Cannondale Cyclocross 5 for $1199. I'm not sure if it is the compact or triple version. I need to call back tomorrow and double check that. It's my size, and I was able to ride it this morning. This store offers free lifetime tune ups for bikes purchased through them, and you also get 10% off all accessories for a month. The staff has been very friendly and helpful, as well.

I am also considering the 2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross from Bikes Direct. It is $799.95. I would have to have it assembled for me, so that would need to be figured into the cost.

Finally, the 2011 Scattante X570 from Performance Bicycle also interests me. It is $1099.99. There is a PB store within driving distance (though not exactly local), so I might be able to ride this one before I buy it.

Between these three, which would you recommend? Originally I wanted to stay below $1000, but am I now seriously considering the Cannondale. I do not want to go beyond its $1200 price tag. Are there any other bikes I should consider? Thank you for your time, and once again, I really do appreciate your help.
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Old 06-03-11, 11:03 PM   #2
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There is a lot of bicycles in that price range to consider but I personally like the Cannondale. Also if you go with the Cannondale you have a LBS near by to help you with anything you need and like you said they are friendly so that helps. Although the Motobecane is cheaper and probably just as capable as the Cannondale for what you want it for. I just like to support local shops it just a good way to meet friends and get involved with the community more.

I am thinking of either getting a cannondale or a Kona Jake but I am looking to buy used. Much cheaper that way especially if you are mechanically capable of fixing a poorly taken care of bicycle you can find a gem for a really great price.
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The more I think about it, the better the Cannondale sounds to me, also. Plus, the shop has really been helpful so I would like to support them. I was actually wrong about the price, too. It's $1099.99 for the 2010 Cannondale, so that just makes it sound even better. Plus, the shop includes a free fitting in addition to all the other perks. I may very well end up getting it tomorrow, we'll see. In the mean time, I'd still love to hear any other opinions. Thanks!
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I'm more in the asking stage than recommending stage, but I'm looking at the 2010 Fuji Cross Comp. My LBS has it on sale for $1100 since it is a year old. It has Shimano 105 parts, not Tiagra like the others at its price point.
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