but think I'd get more responses if I created my own thread. I'm not trying to be facetious or anything, I just want to be in the clear blue when spelling this out. First time tri here for a well popularized tri (Nautica NY Tri) and find myself wondering if my current road bike would suffice or if my impulse buy gauge is on the fritz this cyber monday.
So here's the deal, I ride often, often enough that I picked up a Felt F3SL with red gruppo - love the bike, don't want to sell it or trade it in. I just can't get it out of my mind that for this tri (and hopefully many more to come) that I should just go with an actual tri bike. Maybe something not too expensive but yet has a decent resale value in the event that I become obsessed with another sport.
I manage to find myself a 2008 Argon 18 E-80 Mercury brand new in my size for $800. Gruppo is on the lower end which is 105 all around with a truativ crank. I know how I am, I know I'm going to want to go with SRAM R2C shifters, and probably swap all the shimano stuff over to a rival/force mix. Some of which I can part rather cheap on ebay.
What I'm really after is, am I suffering from impulse buy and is the cost/value justifiable for application? I'm committed to doing this tri, I enjoy the attention it gets, the sport itself, and the mental challenges it brings me. I'm just not sure if I'm just tossing money in the bucket for an 08 (outdated possibly) rig although brand new, where my money could be had for a better valued bike.
For what it's worth, I really dig the non-popularity of Argon 18, seems very boutique-ish.