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    This worked great on the MTB forum... list bikes here that are under $700 and anything you know about them good/bad. That way we avoid a lot of "I don't want to spend a lot of money what roadbike should I get?" repeats. If anyone thinks its a good idea, sticky this bad boy.

    The first candidate:

    Schwinn Fastback Sport, $549.99

    Nice bike for the money, much better deal than most other manufacturers are offering at this price. Downside is Sora shifters but at this price you can't complain at all.



    Color(s) Blue Streak
    Size(s) XS,S,M,L,XL
    Frame Schwinn Super Butted 'N'Litened' Gold label TIG welded aluminum with Schwinn Race geometry, IS standard integrated head tube, forged dropouts w/ replaceable hanger, 2x H2O bottle boss and pump peg
    Fork Schwinn Reflex AL1 bonded 6061 aluminum w/ 1 1/8" Cr-Mo steerer
    Crankset TruVativ Iso-Flow 52-42-30 Cr-Mo chainrings
    Bottom Bracket TruVativ Cartridge square taper 68 x 113
    Pedals Cycle Magic resin pedals with toe clips and Escape Claws toe strap safety release device
    Front Derailleur Shimano FD-2203 31.8 down-pull
    Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-4400 Tiagra
    Shifters Shimano Sora STI
    Freewheel SRAM 8-speed 12-26
    Chain Shimano HG-50
    Rims Jalco double wall w/ machined sidewalls 32H
    Tires Vittoria Zafiro 700 x 23C
    Front Hub Formula sealed w/ alloy QR 32H
    Rear Hub Formula sealed freehub w/ alloy QR 32H
    Spokes 14g stainless
    Nipples CP brass
    Front Brake Tektro dual-pivot caliper w/ DIN pads
    Rear Brake Tektro dual-pivot caliper w/ DIN pads
    Brake Levers Shimano Sora STI
    Handlebar Ritchey 26.0 6061 alloy width to suit frame size
    Stem Ritchey forged 6061 w/ front load cap
    Grips Schwinn gel tape with embossed star logo
    Headset FSA integrated sealed
    Saddle WTB Pure V Sport
    Seat Post Ritchey forged 6061, 27.2 x 350mm
    Seat Clamp Schwinn forged / CNC w/ Cr-Mo Allen bolt
    Extras 2 x 10, 2 x 5 extra headset spacers

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    Felt F90, $600




    Custom Butted F-Lite 7005 Alloy w/forged dropouts replaceable hanger
    Carbon blades w/1-1/8" CrMo steerer
    Aheadset 1-1/8" Sealed
    Felt 31.8mm 6061 Alloy drop
    Felt Cork ribbon tape w/gel; 3D Felt logo
    Shimano Sora, 24 speed
    Shimano Tiagra CRANKSET
    RPM Alloy Triple 53/42/30T
    PowerPro Sealed Hollow CrMo JIS Spindle BB
    Shimano HG-50 8s cassette, 12-25T
    Shimano Sora Dual Control w/Tektro top mount levers
    Tektro 423AG dual pivot w/DIN brake shoes
    Alex DA-22 Black w/machined braking surface
    Felt Inertia w/flat protection 700c x 23

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    Trek 1000 649.99





    Very nice bike for the money. I can not stand sora components which is a major down side. The carbon fork is a nice addition and the weight is not bad for the price range. The saddle is not bad either. It is definitly not a 1500 or 2100 - 2300 but it does its job. Good entry level bike by a very good company.

    FRAMESET:
    FRAME: Alpha SL Aluminum
    FORK: Bontrager Carbon

    WHEELS:
    WHEELS: Alloy hubs; Alex rims
    TIRES: Bontrager Select, 700x25c

    DRIVETRAIN:
    SHIFTERS: Shimano Sora
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano 2203
    REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Tiagra
    CRANKSET: Bontrager Sport 52/42/30
    CASSETTE: SRAM 850 12-26, 8 speed
    PEDALS: Alloy/nylon road w/clips and straps

    COMPONENTS:
    SADDLE: Bontrager Race Lux
    SEATPOST: Bontrager Sport
    HANDLEBARS: Bontrager Sport, 26.0
    STEM: Bontrager Select, 17 degree
    HEADSET: Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
    BRAKESET: Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano Sora STI levers
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Queen of France Indolent58's Avatar
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    So anyone know about a sub $700 road bike that doesn't have Sora STI? Move into the $800 range and you start seeing Tiagra.

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    excellent thread
    whats the difference between Sora and Tiagra?

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    Lemond Nevada City $549-$599

    I have this bike, and love it. Cycling coach recomended it for an entery level road bike. Sora STI shifters haven't been bad, and the Tiagra rear is bomber. Really comfortable once I dialed it in and got some miles on it. I'd recomend it for a test ride to anyone on a budget!

    MODEL Nevada City
    COLOR Metallic blue/white
    SIZES 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm, 61cm
    MAINFRAME Sloping geometry, LeMond 6061 aluminum, 1.5cm headtube extension
    FORK Carbon fiber
    HEADSET SlimStak Direct Connect
    BOTTOM BRACKET Cartridge
    CRANK SR Superbe
    double: 53/39
    triple: 52/42/30
    PEDALS Alloy road, sealed, w/clips and straps
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
    SHIFT/BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Sora STI
    CASSETTE SRAM PG850 12-26, 8 speed
    CHAIN KMC Z51
    WHEEL SYSTEM Alloy QR, Alex AT450, 15g ss
    TIRES Bontrager Select, 700x25c
    BRAKES Alloy, dual pivot
    HANDLEBAR Alloy Ergo
    STEM Alloy direct connect
    TAPE Bontrager Powercork Gel
    SADDLE CRZ+ Road
    SEATPOST LeMond Alloy Micro-Adjust
    Last edited by Lufty; 10-06-04 at 05:56 AM.

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    This is a good thread. I want a bike for my gf but I do campy and nothing but campy. (that way...when I bust a wheel...I can steal hers...!!!). Glory Cycles has the the Veloce 10 group for $499. I have some spare wheels so all I need is a cheap frame and fork....

    Any deals out there?

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    Ohhh side note...saw the '04 Nevada City on sale for $499 rescently.

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    These are all aluminum bikes right? What about steel?

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    Some of you should consider finding someone else to host your pictures. Bandwidth theft isn't cool. Great idea for a thread though. Wish it would have been around when I bought my Felt.

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    are you not happy with the felt bmph8ter?
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zip22
    excellent thread
    whats the difference between Sora and Tiagra?
    Tiagra is a little better quality and a little more money. Tiagra isn't worth it tho... If you can't afford 105, then buy a Sora bike, and upgrade to 105 or Ultegra (based on value at the time), when the Sora parts wear out. Assuming the frame you bought is worthy of the upgrades... this is why you should buy the frame and not worry about the components.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmph8ter
    Some of you should consider finding someone else to host your pictures. Bandwidth theft isn't cool.
    Do you go looking for things to complain about? The manufacturers would not only NOT care about the bandwidth if they found out, but probably send these people a t-shirt or something for promoting THEIR products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmph8ter
    Some of you should consider finding someone else to host your pictures. Bandwidth theft isn't cool. Great idea for a thread though. Wish it would have been around when I bought my Felt.

    I VERY seriously doubt that the companies hosting these images would consider linking to images of their products on a user forum to be bandwidth theft. It's the best possible kind of advertising, word of mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobdohm31
    These are all aluminum bikes right? What about steel?
    Fuji used to make a low-end steel bike, but I think the Finest now has an AL fork I have the 2003 and it's light enough weight, but still a tank... I've put 3000+miles and three centuries on the frame and fork and haven't had a complaint. It tracks well in the twisties and I've never had a vibration problem, even at 50mph. I've upgraded to mostly ultegra over the past six months. All low-end bikes have the same low-end components... buy the frame.

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    Aluminum frame, Tiagra, Carbon Fork-Post, etc. $625.00 No tax, No shipping.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...aquila_al3.htm

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    Specialized Dolce Sport 04 (WSD) $660

    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...94n22eb.j27008
    I almost bought this, until I tried the allez ($620)

    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...94n22eb.j27008

    and liked it better, plus it was $40 less than the Dolce FOR NO REASON other than it wasn't a women's specific frame. I hate that.

    Both of these are aluminum w/ carbon fork, Sora/Tiagra parts.

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    K2 Mach 1.0 must be well under $700
    http://www.k2bike.com/04products/road/mach1.asp

    Maybe even the Mach 2.0

    I also saw a Raleigh Sport 04 w/ a price tag in the lower 500s (I can't remember exact)
    http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...temid=161&va=0

    And no one mentioned Giant's OCR3 though it has many fine reviews in this forum:
    http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....43&model=10875
    Mid-season it was only $649 one place I saw.

    I think the Jamis Satellite is steel --
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/04_satellite.html
    I don't know the price, but with Sora components I expect it is under $700. Anyone here ever ride one?

    The best "deal" I saw was Tiagra/105 on this for $699 clearance:
    http://www.ironhorsebikes.com/produc...mph_comp.shtml
    It was on a web page which I can't find now. Has anyone ridden this either?

    Performance has their house brand road bike on sale now which would fit this price range also.

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    about $600. Less expensive than the above posted Triumph Comp.


    Category: ROAD
    Frame: ALLOY ROAD FRAME, SEMI COMPACT, INTEGRATED HEAD TUBE, REPLACEABLE DROPOUT
    Rear Shock:
    Fork: 1-1/8" THREADLESS CROMO STEERER, ALLOY CROWN AND CARBON BLADE
    Handlebar: ALLOY W/ GEL COMFORT TAPE
    Stem: ALLOY AHEAD, 10 DEGREE
    Headset: AHEAD
    Bottom Bracket: SEMI CARTRIDGE
    Crank: POLISHED ALLOY
    Rings: 52/42/30T
    Pedal: ALLOY BODY AND ALLOY CAGE W/ CROMO AXLE
    Chain: HG - 50
    Seat: SAN MARCO MILLENIUM
    Seat Post: ALLOY MICRO ADJUST, 27.2MM


    Front Hub: ALLOY , QR, 32H
    Rear Hub: ALLOY ,QR, 32H
    Front Derailleur: SHIMANO 2203
    Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO SORA 8SPEED
    Shifter: SHIMANO SORA DUAL CONTROL
    Freewheel: SUNRACE CSR80, 12/24T, 9 SPEED
    Brakes: TEKTRO DUAL PIVOT W/QUICK RELEASE, CARTRIDGE PADS
    Brake Lever: SHIMANO SORA, PLUS SAFETY PULL BRAKES
    Rim: ALEX ALLOY. BLACK ANODIZED, W/ CNC SIDEWALLS, 32H
    Spoke: 14 BLK FORGED STAINLESS SPOKES
    Tires: HUTCHINSON FLASH STANDARD 700c x 25
    Size: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61CM
    Color: RED/CHROME BLUE
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordOpie
    Tiagra is a little better quality and a little more money. Tiagra isn't worth it tho... If you can't afford 105, then buy a Sora bike, and upgrade to 105 or Ultegra (based on value at the time), when the Sora parts wear out. Assuming the frame you bought is worthy of the upgrades... this is why you should buy the frame and not worry about the components.
    I couldn't disagree with you more! Sora is 8spd, Tiagra is 9spd, Sora uses those thumb triggers, Tiagra uses a paddle system like 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace. Night and day difference. Upgrading to 9spd 105/Ultegra shifters coming off a 9spd Tiagra bike is a lot cheaper than upgrading a Sora 8spd bike to 9spd shifters! I have Tiagra's right now, they were used with about 1,300mi when I got them, they now have about 3,700mi on them and still work flawlessly. Although I do secretly hope they break so I can get my Ultegras

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    I couldn't disagree with you more! Sora is 8spd, Tiagra is 9spd, Sora uses those thumb triggers, Tiagra uses a paddle system like 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace. Night and day difference. Upgrading to 9spd 105/Ultegra shifters coming off a 9spd Tiagra bike is a lot cheaper than upgrading a Sora 8spd bike to 9spd shifters! I have Tiagra's right now, they were used with about 1,300mi when I got them, they now have about 3,700mi on them and still work flawlessly. Although I do secretly hope they break so I can get my Ultegras
    ditto ... my tiagra shifter are wonderful.

    -mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    Upgrading to 9spd 105/Ultegra shifters coming off a 9spd Tiagra bike is a lot cheaper than upgrading a Sora 8spd bike to 9spd shifters!
    If you're upgrading before putting some serious wear on the drivetrain, then you probably made an error in the initial decision making process. As such, it shouldn't be "a lot cheaper" since you should be upgrading/replacing worn components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordOpie
    If you're upgrading before putting some serious wear on the drivetrain, then you probably made an error in the initial decision making process. As such, it shouldn't be "a lot cheaper" since you should be upgrading/replacing worn components.
    So you need...

    -chain
    -cassette
    -rear derailleur
    -shifters

    vs.

    -shifters

    Its still cheaper going from Tiagra to 105/Ultegra shifters, unless you are planning on waiting until your Sora rear derailleur is "worn out". The way people upgrade typically is piece by piece and thats a much more viable option if everything is already 9spd. I mean, you can use 9spd 105 shifters on a worn out cassette and chain. It won't work great, but it will work. You can't you 9spd 105 shifters on a 8spd cassette, worn out or new.

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    hey, I'm happy you like your Tiagra.

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    Giant OCR-3, $600

    This was/is my first road bike since an old 10 speed in high school, and I love it so far. I really wasn't sure if a road bike would suit my needs (plus I don't have wads of cash lying around), so a sub $700 was definitely the way for me to go.



    color Cloud Blue, Black
    size XS, S, M, L, XL
    frame Extra-light ALUXX butted aluminum, Compact Road Design, Integrated Forged Headtube
    fork Giant composite aero, 1 1/8" alloy steerer
    derailleur Front: Shimano Sora, Rear: Shimano Sora
    derailleurshifters Shimano Sora,STI, 8 speed
    cranks TruVativ Touro, 30/42/52T
    pedals Steel w/resin body, toe clips/straps
    handlebar Alloy anatomic
    stem OCR adjustable, alloy forged
    headset Integrated 1 1/8"
    brakes Tektro Dual Pivot, long reach
    levers Shimano Sora
    saddle Selle Royal Viper
    seatpost Alloy micro adjust, 27.2
    rims Alex, 32H, doublewall, black
    hubs Alloy 32H, QR, cassette
    tires Michelin Dynamic, 700x 25c
    cassette SRAM PG850 12- 26T, 8 speed
    spokes Stainless Steel, 14G
    extra Women-specific ergonomic components on Cloud Blue model

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    Sorry, no bikes to post but I do want to stop in to say what a cool thread this is. I hope it gets stickied so I don't forget about it.
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