I'm looking into purchasing my first road bike (currently using an hybrid) for sprint and duathlons and I'd like some comments as to the choices of bikes that is available for me locally.
There are many deals currently in LBS's, but I'll try to stick with a few models that were of interest to me and in my price range. I am inclined to think I am looking for a rather stiff bike.
Argon 18 Krypton (kit 4: 105 + Shimano wheels) - this happens also to be the best rebate as they also offer 10% value in accessories (aka, pedals, shoes, etc.). Main issue is that there is a whole one unit left of my size in stock.
+400$ Argon 18 Krypton (kit 3: 105 + Aksium wheels)
+800$ Argon 18 Krypton (kit 2: Ultegra + Aksium wheels) - this one might be pushing my budget too high
+500$ Cannondale CAAD10 3 Ultegra
+400$ Specialized Tarmac Elite Mid-Compact
+400$ Specialized Allez Race Rival - less stiff?
I am tempted to go with the basic Argon 18, as I have a feeling that in itself it will last me for a while, it will be a huge jump for me (coming from the hybrid bike) and I could technically upgrade it to a kit 2 slowly over the years (or just plain upgrade to another frame in the future). My other gut feeling is the CAAD10 w/ Ultegra, but there's no special deal on that one at the moment.
All LBS offer fit, 5 years maintenance in their prices.
*edit* Argon E80, E112, Cannondale Slice 5 105 and Cervelo P2 (stretched budget) are also within that price bracket. Since I do not own a road bike, I thought going with a road bike would be a more complete solution for now...
Last edited by lordhong; 08-20-13 at 07:05 PM.
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