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Old 08-24-11, 05:45 AM   #1
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Trying to choose between a couple bikes...

Looking for a cross bike for some races, winter trainer, and occasional commuter. What do you guys think is the best value?

A used 2010 Colnago World Cup, a used 2009 Pinarello CX Alu, or a new Motobecane Fantom Cross PRO Titanium?

Colnago: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/colnago-cross-world-cup-2010
Pinarello: http://www.realcyclist.com/pinarello-cx-alu-cross-bike
Motobecane: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._pro_ti_xi.htm

I like the Colnago and Pinarello because of the brand. I really don't like the Colnago's component spec though. The Pinarello has a decent component spec. The Motobecane is interesting because it is titanium and has a good component spec. Not sure on weights...but I think the Colnago is around 20 lbs...the Pinarello around 19 lbs...and I'm speculating 18 lbs on the Motobecane (their TEAM Ti model is 17 lbs with a better wheelset but has heavier Ultegra instead of slightly ligher SRAM Rival).

Any thoughts on which bike would be the best buy? Leaning towards Pinarello and Motobecane. Having a hard time deciding which of those two though!
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Old 08-24-11, 09:08 AM   #2
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Colnago redesigned the 2010 for 2011 and that one rides much better than the 2010, so I would probably choose one of the other 2 if I were you. Sounds like a riddle. Go with the motobecane. Looks like a great bike with a great spec. Besides, Titanium and cross is like peanut butter and jelly - they just seem to go together.
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The Pinarello looks like a nice bike to me but they will all work just fine IMO. I'm not sure that if something is TI then it's going to be nice. There's more to it. But I know those Moto TI mountain bikes get some pretty good feed back. If you do go with the Moto let us know what you think. My guess is the Pinarello will be the lightest choice fwiw.
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I don't think I've ever seen anyone considering a Colnago, a Pinarello and a Motobecane before. One of these things is not like the others. That's not to say it might not be the best option for the money.

The Pinarello shows up as out-of-stock, so I think it's probably not a contender.
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My riding buddy has ordered many bikes from BikesDirect and liked the results. They're a sound choice for getting into racing too because you're not paying for the brand name. Honestly, they're probably all manufactured in the same factory in China. You should also pay close attention to the sizing. Some models only come in limited sizes.
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One more bike to consider...

Van Dessel Gin & Trombones? Or are the Pinarello/Titanium Fantom a better option?
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