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    About to pull the trigger

    Well I've been wanting to graduate to a road bike for some months now so I'm going to cash in 2 vacation checks to foot the bill for bike. shoes and pedals. Here are some that I'm going to test and get fitted for. Any thoughts/ experience on them. One thing I'm certain on is it at least has to have a minimum of a 105 drive train. I have a cheapy set up on my mountain bike that I use for road duty so I want some smooth shifting this time around. These are in no particular order.

    Diamondback Century 2 Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    Novara Strada Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    Marin Argenta A6 Elite Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    And maybe up to this price range

    Cannondale CAAD8 5 Compact Bike - 2014 at REI.com

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    I think there may be some other choices to consider for the $900-$1,300 price range you are shopping and if it were me, I'd search for possible 2013 closeouts that may have better components or frames? That being said, if your going to choose from the list you posted, I would try to ride them all and go with your gut. Also look into the warranties, Cannondale has a lifetime frame warranty, not sure about the others?

    Just did a quick search here at my local shops and for $100 more than the CAAD 8, you could get a 13 SuperSix, 13 Tarmac, 13 Roubaix, 14 Madone 2.1c and this is just two stores I checked, there's still Scott, Felt, Fuji, GT, Giant, etc.... I understand you may have a budget to consider but keep in mind that a little bit more will get you a lot more bike to a certain point. I say frame fit/quality 1st, then componentry.
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    Yes I have been looking at others in that price range, but all seem to have lesser components sora/tiagra. I guess I'm kind of hooked on REI since I get all kinds of bonuses like money off the purchase somewhere around $110 plus cash back at the end of the year plus if I use the REI credit card that is another 5% cash back. I will weight my options though. Just leary about the drive train components. Don't really want to be fussing with them like I do on my current bike.

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    From those bikes, just get the DB. They're all pretty much the same, solid bike with some 105 bits, alu frame and carbon fork. If you're familiar and comfortable with what size you need, also consider searching for a used bike. A couple year old CAAD10 with 105 or ultegra can be had for $1000 on the used market...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhead View Post
    Well I've been wanting to graduate to a road bike for some months now so I'm going to cash in 2 vacation checks to foot the bill for bike. shoes and pedals. Here are some that I'm going to test and get fitted for. Any thoughts/ experience on them. One thing I'm certain on is it at least has to have a minimum of a 105 drive train. I have a cheapy set up on my mountain bike that I use for road duty so I want some smooth shifting this time around. These are in no particular order.

    Diamondback Century 2 Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    Novara Strada Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    Marin Argenta A6 Elite Bike - 2014 at REI.com

    And maybe up to this price range

    Cannondale CAAD8 5 Compact Bike - 2014 at REI.com
    They all seem about the same.

    Get the one that fits you best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
    I think there may be some other choices to consider for the $900-$1,300 price range you are shopping and if it were me, I'd search for possible 2013 closeouts that may have better components or frames? That being said, if your going to choose from the list you posted, I would try to ride them all and go with your gut. Also look into the warranties, Cannondale has a lifetime frame warranty, not sure about the others?

    Just did a quick search here at my local shops and for $100 more than the CAAD 8, you could get a 13 SuperSix, 13 Tarmac, 13 Roubaix, 14 Madone 2.1c and this is just two stores I checked, there's still Scott, Felt, Fuji, GT, Giant, etc.... I understand you may have a budget to consider but keep in mind that a little bit more will get you a lot more bike to a certain point. I say frame fit/quality 1st, then componentry.
    I would love to find a store with a 2012 or 13 marked down. I definitely don't have to get a 2014. I don't think tech has come that far in the last few years to matter. The only new thing I have seen is the shimmano claris group set for the low end. And do the frames really break that often that a lifetime warrenty is a must?

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    Well I went with the cannondale. The longer tube between the seat and bars suited my long arms the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhead View Post
    Well I went with the cannondale. The longer tube between the seat and bars suited my long arms the best.
    Good choice. I know a few guys with CAAD 8s and they all like them. Have fun out there!

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