Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie
My choice would be the Fuji over the Trek, because it has a 144 BCD crank instead of 130 BCD on the Trek. You will find a better selection of high quality 1/8 track chainrings in 144 BCD than 130 BCD.
True, about the crankset. Don't let that keep you from getting a good deal on a good bike. You can race an entire beginner season on 48t chain ring with 16t and 15t cogs. Take that money saved and get some Truvative Omnium crankset (a very good crankset) for $150 (used) - $230 (new).
The key is to start with the frame for you because you will likely change many parts of the bike over time:
For fitting you will likely change:
For comfort you might change:
- Saddle (every butt is different)
- Crank arm length (sprinters tend to like shorter, enduros tend to like longer)
Along with the Fuji, also consider the Felt TK2, or TK3 among others.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.