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    Senior Member TexMac's Avatar
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    Road bike purchase advice

    I've been cycling for 4 months and had a specialized secteur compact with shimano 2300. The bike is responsive but i've had to take the bike to the shop several times to fix the shimano. I ride a 54.8 cm.

    I want to upgrade to a full carbon shimano 105 or ultegra. I plan to do some crit races next year. I like trek/specialized but they seem higher priced with less quality components

    I have 2 bikes i'm looking at. Please chim in.

    2014 Kestrel Talon Shimano 105 - $1,399
    Main frameBlend of 700K & 800K High Modulus Carbon Fiber
    Rear triangle700K Carbon Fiber With Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
    ForkEMS Pro SL Aero, Full Carbon, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered Steerer
    CranksetOval Concepts 730 Alloy Compact 50/34T (48cm, 52cm: 170mm; 55cm, 57cm: 172.5mm; 60cm: 175mm)
    Bottom bracketOval Concepts Integrated, External Bearings
    Front derailleurShimano Tiagra, Braze-on
    Rear derailleurShimano 105, 10-sp
    ShiftersShimano 105 STI
    CassetteShimano Tiagra, 11-25T
    ChainKMC X10 Nickel-plated 10-sp

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    Tommaso Aggraziato Road Bike (Race Carbon - $1,749
    Recommended Use: for advanced road racers who like to be ahead of the pack
    Manufacturer Warranty: Tommaso Limited Lifetime Warranty
    Weight: 18.7 lbs (54cm Frame without pedals/reflectors)
    Dimensions: Frame Sizes: 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm
    Material: Tommaso HCT Carbon Fiber
    Bottom Bracket Compatibility : 68mm, English Thread
    Bottom Bracket: English 68mm FSA MegaEXO
    Brakes: Tektro Alloy R520
    Brake Type: Road Caliper
    Brakes Levers: Shimano Ultegra 6700
    Brake Lever Material: Carbon
    Brake Mount: Road Caliper
    Brake Mount Type: Road Caliper
    Cassette: Shimano 105 5700 11-25t (11,12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25)
    Chain: Shimano HG-5701(10-Speed)
    Chainrings: 50/34t
    Crankset: FSA Omega Compact 50/34t, (20 Total Gears)
    Crank BCD: 110mm
    Crank Arm Length: 170mm (51cm Frame) / 172.5mm (54, 56cm Frames) / 175mm (58, 61cm Frames)
    Crank Bolt Pattern: 5-Bolt
    Frame: Tommaso HCT Carbon Fiber with 1-1/8" - 1.5" Carbon Head Tube
    Frame Material: Tommaso HCT Carbon Monocoque
    Fork: Tommaso HCT Carbon Fiber with 1-1/8" - 1.5" 6061 SLA Aluminum Steerer
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6700 (10-Speed)
    Front Derailleur Clamp/Brazeon: Clamp
    Front Derailleur Clamp Diameter: 34.9mm
    Front Derailleur Compatibility: 10-Speed
    Front Derailleur Type: Double
    Handlebar: Tommaso TRS Ultralight Race Series 31.8mm, White
    Handlebar Drop: 131mm
    Handlebar Grips: Tommaso White
    Handlebar Material: Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum
    Handlebar Width: 400mm (51cm Frame) / 420mm (54, 56cm Frames) / 440mm (58, 61cm Frames)
    Headset: FSA IS-2 Integrated Headset
    Head Angle: 72.5 (51cm Frame) / 73 (54cm Frame) / 73.5 (56, 58cm Frames) / 74 (61cm Frames)
    Headset Diameter: 1 1/8"
    Headset Type: Integrated 1-1/8" Threadless
    Hub: Mavic Aksium
    Hub Spacing : 130mm Rear, 100mm Front
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano 6700 Ultegra (10-Speed)
    Rear Derailleur Cage Length: Short Cage
    Rear Derailleur Speed: 10-Speed
    Saddle: Tommaso Race Road Saddle
    Seatpost : Tommaso TRS Ultralight Race Series Aluminum, White
    Seat Collar Diameter: 34.9mm
    Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
    Seatpost Material: Tommaso 6061 SLA Ultralight Race Series Aluminum
    Seatpost Length: 350mm
    Shift Lever Material: Composite
    Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 6700
    Speeds: 2x10 (20 Total Speeds)
    Stem: Tommaso TRS Ultralight Race Series Aluminum 31.8mm, White
    Stem Length: 90mm (51cm Frame) / 100mm (54, 56cm Frames) / 110mm (58, 61cm Frames)
    Steerer Material: Tommaso 6061 SLA Ultralight Aluminum
    Stem Angle: +/- 7 Degrees
    Stem Material: Aluminum
    Stem Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
    Tires: Hutchinson Equinox 700x23c
    Tire Bead: Kevlar Bead
    Tire Size: 700 x 23c
    Tubes: 700 x 23c Presta
    Valve Stem Length: 30mm
    Wheelset: Mavic Aksium
    Wheel Size: 700c
    Wheel Axle Type: Quick Release

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    Goodbye Leeroy Jenkins tagaproject6's Avatar
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    Barring fit issues, get one or the other based on aesthetics. You can't go wrong. Some will have issues with 105 vs Ultegra.


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    Senior Member seymour1910's Avatar
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    I can't compare the two because I have only taken a ride on the Kestrel. It is an aggressive position but I like the ride of it. I think that is a nice price if you like the bike. Are you buying online?
    Performance has some good deals right now
    Last edited by seymour1910; 07-11-13 at 11:47 AM.

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