Currently riding a 2005 Trek 1400 - only upgrades being decent tyres and saddle. Its been ok but the wheels creak whenever I am out of the saddle and they are fairly crap in my view. So am starting to think about a replacement and want to keep the budget to around US$3,000. I am in Australia so we pay a little more but I figure the shipping hassle and after sales service cancel the saving I might make.
I dont mind riding a full aluminium bike and being on the heavier end of the stick (210lbs) I am looking for something that is stiff. Prefer not to get a Giant or a Trek - nothing against them - just want something a little different.
Have been doing my homework and looking closely at these three which are roughly in the same price range:
1) BMC SL 01 built with Integra and Campag Scirroco wheels (or Zondas if I can make it fit the budget)
2) Cervelo Soloist Team specced per the std off the shelf
3) Pinarello Galileo specced per the std off the shelf
I will transplant my Fizik Arione from the Trek and for the Cervelo and Galileo I see they both use OEM cranksets which does concern me and also the wheelsets give me concern. I dont want to have another crap set like the Bontrager Selects so opinions on these are important to me.
Leaning toward the BMC or the Cervelo at the moment.