New to track; need a bike
The closest I have been to a track is watching videos on the Internet. However, my coach said he wanted to try me on track.
So, I would like to have any recommendation as to a good and inexpensive bike, as well as any modification that would make it better. Obviously, I am aware that there are nice track bikes available that do not require much upgrade if you pay the price, but I would like to have an idea.
define inexpensive? the windsor hour is $299 and perfectly adaquate for a season or two especially if you get some 144 cranks for it. I'm not sure how much used bianchi pistas are in your area but
Felt TK3 - MSRP $869
Fuji Track Comp - MSRP $1,100
Felt TK2 - MSRP $1,549
- Anything that breaks or fatigues
- The Engine (you)
No offense, but I would not trust that bike at 30+ MPH. I doubt that bike would last a season. Even the rental bikes (Fuji Track) are nicer.
Originally Posted by dutr3t5
I earned that title.
Originally Posted by efficiency
I'm pretty sure it's the exact same as the fuji track with the threaded setup the fuji used to have. Yeah it's not great but it's not going to be holding anyone back.
it looks like the end of my post got cut off
I don't know how much used pistas are but they are pretty nice for the money once you replace the crank. Finally in the $1000 range there is a wide selection of nice Al bikes to be had.
Id suggest a Fuji Track Pro/Comp. Very easy to find one at a Performance Bike shop discounted especially if you can have them source one that is from 1-2 seasons ago. They come decently spec'ed, the frame is stiff and aero, and pretty lightweight.
I just started racing at Marymoor Velodrome in WA and there are easily dozens upon dozens of beginner to elite level riders on Fuji Track Pro's.
Thanks for the few suggestions.
a) Inexpensive would be costing a maximum of 2000$
b) How to know what is good, what is better, and what is garbage? The bike I would shop for will be solely for track, and I would not buy a bike with the intention of buying another one the year after; I'm looking for medium-long term. Changing parts is not a problem, as long as the frame lasts long.
haha i guess the term inexpensive is very relative but i cant say much after my last purchase.
i like the felts or a concept
No one has really brought this up but aluminum or steel?
Run What 'Ya Brung
If "inexpensive" to you is under $2000, look at the Felt TK2/TK3, the Fuji Track Pro and Track Comp. Any of those bikes come spec'ed with everything a beginning rider all the way up to an experienced Cat 1 could use. ****, I think Brad Huff raced a Fuji Track Pro at Worlds a few years back.
Originally Posted by doofo
well goodluck! just provide yourself a little practice and take it seriously. and take care of yourself.
jamis sonik seems to be in your price range and is a very nice bike