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Old 07-05-19, 08:15 AM
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Badger6
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This is purely my opinion, formed over years of riding, research, and spending a lot more money on bikes than cars...and learning a lot by spending money for things I didn't need, or regretted buying, because if I'd spent 10-20% more, I could have had a much better component, part, etc., which I ended up buying anyhow. I am also assuming you intend to ride it as spec'd (at least initially).

1) What's your budget? That will narrow your range, and you may be surprised to find that you can afford a lot more bike that you originally thought. Remember, "Buy nice, or buy twice."
2) Lowest group you should consider, IMHO, is 105, at least the front/rear mech and levers. Period. If you can afford the extra for Ultegra, it's worth it, in the long run, but NOT necessary.
3) If you want something you can grow with, and that you will keep riding...DO NOT get a pure racer, stick with the frames that are described as "endurance" or "all-road" (code for endurance bikes that can be comfortably ridden on rough roads and gravel). The aggressive riding position (and handling) of a pure racer could be off-putting. You ant a bike that is a "easy" to ride, and confidence inspiring. The aggressive stuff can come later.
4) Test ride, test ride, test ride. Fitting is critical for bike setup, but with test riding you can figure out pretty well what size frame you will need. Also, remember, just because that P8 is a 57, does not mean you will automatically be a 57 in every geometry. I ride from 52 to 54, depending on the frame, and specifically how I want it to fit for how I intend to ride it.
5) On fit, as you ride the bike more, expect that you may need to make some adjustments...flip the stem, remove some spacers from the steering tube to lower the bar, you may even need to move the seat position a little bit. This is normal, and in my experience, the tweaks are almost always minor, but can make a huge difference as you get more comfortable, and you are able to tolerate longer and longer rides.

Also, we're at the end of the model year. Upside, you may find a good deal on a bike, because shops need to get their remaining stock out of inventory, and you may find a bit of a discount. Downside, they may not have your size in every bike.

Good luck.

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