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    Just bought a road bike - Entry level - Doubts

    Hi everyone

    AVANT H70 ? Orbea

    I just bought this bike. I understand that its entry level and not exactly top of the range, but ya know... moneys tight.

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



    Thanks folks.

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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.
    Last edited by dtrain; 07-17-14 at 10:29 AM.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
    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 Ill jump on and give it a go! Lots of nice mountains here (Spain)... We have the vuelta next month!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmacparland View Post
    Hi everyone

    AVANT H70 ? Orbea

    I just bought this bike. I understand that its entry level and not exactly top of the range, but ya know... moneys tight.

    I just wanna know, from looking at the specs in the link above, if you guys would have any advice for me? Anything youd recommend I change etc? I heard the tourney groupset isnt 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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    Quote Originally Posted by cmacparland View Post
    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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    Junior Member cmacparland's Avatar
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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 Im sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
    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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