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Old 10-29-17, 11:36 PM
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Central Pennsylvania
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Bikes: Trek Domane SL 6, Salsa Vaya Apex, Raleigh Merit 3, Fuji Nevada 2.1

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I'll second the wise advice from MRT2. You're very early in the learning curve and therefore can't really know what you'll like a year from now. It's a much smarter move to spend $750 on a solid entry level bike and establish a good relationship with you local bike shop. Based on your comment that you'll be riding 90% road, look at a decent entry level road bike like a Giant Contend, Trek 1.2, Cannondale Synapse, etc. I was able to pick up a Raleigh Merit 3 with 105 groupset, thru axles and disc brakes for well under $1000 and it's been great. If you really think you'll be riding both road and gravel, make sure you get tires at least 28mm wide or consider a cyclocross/gravel bike with drop bars. Regardless, ride that entry level bike for a year while you're learning to be a good rider, then you'll have a better sense for what kind of riding you like and where you want to go next. Good luck!
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