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Old 07-28-07, 02:43 PM
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racing bike question

I am looking to start my racing career this fall/next spring and I would like a new bike to aide in my quest. My current bike is a classic steel that is less than race worthy at the current time, and bringing it up to par would cost about as much as buying a gently used bike. So i am looking for a bike that retails in the $1,000 range. I do not care what material, but am not a big fan of over-sized tubes. I like steel bikes because of their simplicity, so an aluminum that resembles a steel would be a plus. This bike will be raced, so something with the "correct" geometry will be preferred. Ultimately I would like to get the best frame for the buck, and then eventually upgrade the components as they wear out/when I feel i need new ones. So what do you recommend?
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Old 07-28-07, 03:08 PM
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The cannondale caad series is considered the best bang for the buck in that price range.
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FYI, aluminum tubes that are the same diameter as steel tubes will be heavier than they could be and nowhere near as stiff as they should be.
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Cannondale CADD 8! Nice value.
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Take a look at Scott bikes as well. I race on one of their Speedster S30's rolling on American Classic 420's. Great stiff and responsive frame for racing, and right around your budget too.
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Old 07-29-07, 11:06 AM
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This doesn't look bad. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rott.htm#specs

The 54cm has a 73 degree head tube, which is acceptable race geometry. Only has Tiagra shifters, but they are certainly usable.

Take the antlers off, put on a closer range cassette and you are off to the races for $700.
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Old 07-29-07, 01:58 PM
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the mercier looks pretty good, and would leave me some extra money to buy some new gear. I would ride a 58 cm which has slightly different geometry..would that make a difference in performance.
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I think it's a bit foolish to buy a new bike for an activity (racing) that you've not yet tried.

Race what you got for a season, then decide whether to upgrade. As a beginner, your bike will be the least of your worries.
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Old 07-30-07, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
I think it's a bit foolish to buy a new bike for an activity (racing) that you've not yet tried.

Race what you got for a season, then decide whether to upgrade. As a beginner, your bike will be the least of your worries.
If it's all the same, he claims the bike is not raceworthy. I don't think it is ever a good idea to encourage a beginner to enter racing with equipment which could potentially harm themselves or others.
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Old 07-31-07, 09:42 PM
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i raced a similar bike on a few occasions four years ago while i was in high school, and did not feel that comfortable on it at the time, so I assume this one would be the same. Weight is also a factor. I would rather buy a "decent" bike now, with a good frame, and upgrade the components as I go along, and make a fairly light bike. I think I can become a good bike racer and want to give myself the best shot at it that I can.
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Old 07-31-07, 10:47 PM
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also, I forgot to mention i have narrowed my search down to the scott s4 and the mercier aero tt. Does anyone have any final opinions on these two bikes. there if about a 150 dollar difference with the scott being more expensive. I decided to keep the bikes under a grand so i could also buy some new gear/possibly a new saddle. thanks
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