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    Good price for bike?

    From Windsor currently in Michigan, Ann Arbor area and been looking at the bike stores here. Looking for a road bike for the summer and have been really putting time in to find the right one. Im quite picky. I've originally read charts online about road bike sizing and been searching used bikes in southern-Ontario and originally found a size 58cm frame Giant TCR 1 2013. From the charts ive looked through online this should fit me (6ft 2 1/2") but after trying out several road bikes and endurance bikes in person ive found fitting is a bit more complicated then that.

    From the reps ive talked to who fit me I fit a 61cm frame for racing bikes and a 58cm frame for endurance bikes(first time hearing about this style). This could have saved me long ride for a bike that does not fit ( The TCR ).

    Anyways, my limit is $1000 CAD (about $8-900 USD) and so far found an endurance bike, the Fuji Sportif 2.0 LE for $800 with a tigara and sora groupset mixture to be a pretty good option so far. Think this is a fair price for the bike? Im still trying to pondering if the endurance or racing style would benefit me more. I hope to visit a few more shops and check craigslist in this area before I make a final decision.

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    The tiagra/sora mix is solid as far as components are concerned. I wouldn't get too hung up on labels, racing or endurance? I mean, aren't they both race bikes? So, I think the most important thing for you is to work with a store that can provide fit help. I'd say 61 for a 6'2-1/2" rider. But I can't see you. On a 58cm frame, you'd probably find a tall seat post, seat pushed back and a long stem (all provided to let you stretch out). Racers have typically favored smaller frames because they are stiffer and lighter. But you should buy a bike that fits when you leave the shop and not with a promise that "you'll get used to it".

    Come to think of it. I'm not too crazy about the idea of buying a bike when you're out of town. The bike shop can and will provide valuable service with the sale of a bike. It would be wasteful to leave that value behind when you rack/pack your bike for the trip back to Windsor.
    If you have to force it... you probably shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cale View Post
    The tiagra/sora mix is solid as far as components are concerned. I wouldn't get too hung up on labels, racing or endurance? I mean, aren't they both race bikes? So, I think the most important thing for you is to work with a store that can provide fit help. I'd say 61 for a 6'2-1/2" rider. But I can't see you. On a 58cm frame, you'd probably find a tall seat post, seat pushed back and a long stem (all provided to let you stretch out). Racers have typically favored smaller frames because they are stiffer and lighter. But you should buy a bike that fits when you leave the shop and not with a promise that "you'll get used to it".

    Come to think of it. I'm not too crazy about the idea of buying a bike when you're out of town. The bike shop can and will provide valuable service with the sale of a bike. It would be wasteful to leave that value behind when you rack/pack your bike for the trip back to Windsor.
    Thank you for the response. I really don't mind it, visiting stores In the states from Canada makes me feel like im coming from a third world country. There is so much more value, selection and awesome prices. Ive checked stores in my city and theres not much that falls in my pricing, everything is exponentially more expensive.

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