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    Looking for a carbon bike

    I was wondering if anyone out there knew of any great carbon bikes. I am looking for something that will be comfortable enough for extended rides but can accelerate like a beast, hopefully keep high speeds over bumpy surfaces. Something that is at least under $4000. I will take any groupsets from tiagra to ultegra, don't need dura-ace or anything. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance for the replies.

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    Figure out what geometry you want first. That will narrow your search down a lot.

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    Been riding a Trek 4.7 for the past 5 months. Full ultegra and very comfy. All in for about $2500 plus tax. Just finished my first century.
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    This is a shameless plug on my behalf...

    For $4k I will sell you my 07 Trek Madone SL 5.5 with Bontrager Aeolus 5.0's! Full Dura-ace components.

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    My new Specialized Roubaix is a very comfortable bike for under 3k.
    But since I can't accelerate "like a beast" I can offer no opinion on that.

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    Since this turned into the classifieds ...

    I have a Time Edge VX with Full Campy Record Ultra, Eurus wheels, new cables, housings, cassette, chain and chainrings ...and GOBS of other upgrades for $3995

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    My new Specialized Roubaix is a very comfortable bike for under 3k.
    But since I can't accelerate "like a beast" I can offer no opinion on that.
    +1
    I've got the 2008, and it is indeed a lovely ride.

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    My 2008 Bianchi 928 T-Cube accelerates like it was shot out of a cannon. It cost me $2600 to put it together, but it would have been substantially more at retail.
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    Sorry trekbiker21 and timeedgevxr, looking for a new bike, sound like great bikes otherwise. The Bianchi looks nice, little pricey it looks though. The Cervelo S2 looks more like a cyclocross bike or such. Any one know if the 2009 Giant Defy Advanced 1 is a good bike? I guess I am looking for something that could be used in a lower tier race or for touring for hours at a time and is mostly able to handle cracks and bumps in the roads. I was looking into the Scott Cr1 2010, does anyone know when those are supposed to be released.

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    Felt F3..got love and must say i love it.

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    Cervelo R3or R3 SL

    Here is a R3 for under $4,000 however you should be able to do better than that

    http://www.racycles.com/road/complet...2008-bike.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirChambz View Post
    Sorry trekbiker21 and timeedgevxr, looking for a new bike, sound like great bikes otherwise. The Bianchi looks nice, little pricey it looks though. The Cervelo S2 looks more like a cyclocross bike or such. Any one know if the 2009 Giant Defy Advanced 1 is a good bike? I guess I am looking for something that could be used in a lower tier race or for touring for hours at a time and is mostly able to handle cracks and bumps in the roads. I was looking into the Scott Cr1 2010, does anyone know when those are supposed to be released.
    ??? You need to learn more about bicycles beforte you make a decision. The S2 is far from a cyclocross bike.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Neo Exile...build it the way you want...it will be under $4k unless you go crazy with the wheels. Neo Exile carbon frameset/bike groupbuy

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    ??? You need to learn more about bicycles beforte you make a decision. The S2 is far from a cyclocross bike.
    Sorry about the mix-up I looked at one of the pics of one and the sculpted tubes made me think of a track bike. I didn't mean cyclocross.

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    Ok Air did you follow my link?

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    So, let me see.

    You want:

    carbon fiber frame
    any groupset
    any geometry
    under $4k.

    Yep, that narrows it down. There's probably only about, oh, 1000 bikes that meet that criteria.

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    specialized tarmac expert 2010 w/ Shimano Ultegra 6700 and Mavic K wheelset. I rode it while trying out Specialized bikes: very fast AND comfortable for $3K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirChambz View Post
    I was wondering if anyone out there knew of any great carbon bikes. I am looking for something that will be comfortable enough for extended rides but can accelerate like a beast, hopefully keep high speeds over bumpy surfaces. Something that is at least under $4000. I will take any groupsets from tiagra to ultegra, don't need dura-ace or anything. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance for the replies.

    AirChambz
    You left out "climbs like a billy goat," "nimbly dives into curves," and "laterally stiff yet vertically compliant." You sayin' you don't want any of that?

    But in the spirit of helpfulness, all manufacturers have an ultegra equipped carbon fiber road bike for under $4000. Even the "plush" bikes have been "laterally stiffened" so that they "accelerate like a beast." Have fun test riding the Cervelos, Specialized, Treks, and Giants.
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    2010 Giant TCR Advanced 0 would be a strong contender for my dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Potato View Post
    You left out "climbs like a billy goat," "nimbly dives into curves," and "laterally stiff yet vertically compliant." You sayin' you don't want any of that?
    Had he asked for that, I'd have suggested a Cannondale Synapse, but he didn't.

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    Since no bikes in that price range suck, I'm pondering two Cannondale bikes (Synapse carbon and the new Six) or, maybe, a BMC Team Machine demo bike from a local shop (Ultegra SL for less than $4K).

    And to whoever said that there's "oh, about 1000 bikes that meet the criteria",.... well, you're wrong. There's 843 as of the 2010 model year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Since no bikes in that price range suck, I'm pondering two Cannondale bikes (Synapse carbon and the new Six) or, maybe, a BMC Team Machine demo bike from a local shop (Ultegra SL for less than $4K).

    And to whoever said that there's "oh, about 1000 bikes that meet the criteria",.... well, you're wrong. There's 843 as of the 2010 model year.
    What am I missing 2008 Durace is still Durace and Cervelo is one of the best bikes made all for under $4,000. Its in the price range.

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    There's plenty of 'em...coming over the ocean in containers, literally by the boatload. I'd suggest you pick a brand like Trek, Specialized, Honda, Giant, Toyota, or Cannondale.
    I will make you suffer on the downhills with my superior body weight.

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