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Old 07-17-14, 09:15 AM   #1
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Just bought a road bike - Entry level - Doubts

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AVANT H70 ? Orbea

I just bought this bike. I understand that it´s entry level and not exactly top of the range, but ya know... money´s tight.

I just wanna know, from looking at the specs in the link above, if you guys would have any advice for me? Anything you´d recommend I change etc? I heard the tourney groupset isn´t exactly fantastic, but I suppose when and if breakages do occur, they can be easily replaced?



Thanks folks.
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Old 07-17-14, 09:19 AM   #2
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Relax, there's nothing wrong with Tourney other than it being 7 speed.
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Did you say doubts or donuts? I need something to go with my coffee...




You did fine with the purchase. The more you ride it = the better deal you got.
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I think you will do fine, you may find once you build up your mileage base that you are not using much of the bigger cogs on the cassette when your on the middle ring, and swap it out for maybe a 13-25 or something like that. I am riding 28/38/48 in front on a hybrid and 12-25 on the 8 speed cassette....I never use the small chainring at all really, but it is quite flat here tho, my average 20 mile ride has 70 feet of ascent/descent.

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ask yourself this:

"will a more expensive bike let me do anything above what this bike will?"

the answer is no, enjoy your bike. put 3k on it and then decide if you really want to spend more money on a "nicer" bike to do the exact same thing
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Did you say doubts or donuts? I need something to go with my coffee...




You did fine with the purchase. The more you ride it = the better deal you got.
Thanks for the laugh this morning dtrain.

OP, this bike will do just fine. It will not hold you back one bit. Just for giggles, if you gave Peter Sagan your bike and you got on his EVO, it still wouldn't be a competition

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Thanks folks! I suppose I´ll jump on and give it a go! Lot´s of nice mountains here (Spain)... We have the vuelta next month!
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Hi everyone

AVANT H70 ? Orbea

I just bought this bike. I understand that it´s entry level and not exactly top of the range, but ya know... money´s tight.

I just wanna know, from looking at the specs in the link above, if you guys would have any advice for me? Anything you´d recommend I change etc? I heard the tourney groupset isn´t exactly fantastic, but I suppose when and if breakages do occur, they can be easily replaced?



Thanks folks.

more importantly have you thought about the color Rapha bib that you are going to wear? and for goodness sakes tell us that you ordered the Zipp 404 Firecrest rims?
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mmm 2,276 dollars... Slightly outta my range. Unless I can get them off the back of a truck.
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mmm 2,276 dollars... Slightly outta my range. Unless I can get them off the back of a truck.
Yeah, if you think those bibs are spendy, want 'til you see the price on the 404's.
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Was thinking of a Selle SMP Carbon Saddle too... Whaddya reckon?
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Trust me, you don't want this to turn into a saddle thread....do you have a shop near you that does a test program?
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I was being sarcastic... that saddle is 650 dollars . The selle Italia x1 flow that comes with the bike is just fine I´m sure.
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Thanks for the laugh this morning dtrain.

OP, this bike will do just fine. It will not hold you back one bit. Just for giggles, if you gave Peter Sagan your bike and you got on his EVO, it still wouldn't be a competition

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How do we know that the OP isn't Marcel Kittle?
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Well played sir
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