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Old 02-20-08, 01:02 AM
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Trek Portland: to buy or not to buy?

Hello, this is my first post so I hope I don't embarrass myself too much. I've never been a big rider, I've had two oldschool (1980ish?) roadbikes before: one LeJeunne that I loved and one Raleigh that I currently have that I'm not so crazy about. The warm weather has hit my town and I've decided that now would be a good time to pick up a new cycle. I'm looking for a urban commuter, something that well let me fly through traffic and get me to work. I don't drive so this will be my primary source of transport. I went to take a look at the local bike shops and found a '07 Trek Portland for $1050. I see that it retails for a bit more and seems like a good deal, but you have to understand that I've never spent more than $200 on a bike and I'm not sure if I really need a bike of that caliber. Can you guys suggest a better bike in the same price range (or less) with that cyclocross style (dropped bars are really preferred) or is that really the best deal that I'll find?
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hey

any of these may also fit the bill

700c, drop bar, disc brake, bicycles

trek portland - https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

cannondale cross xr7 - https://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

Brodie Ronin '08 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php
Brodie romax '07 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/romax.php
brodie ronin '07 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php

lemond poprad disc - https://www.lemondbikes.com/bikes/cross/poprad_disc.php

rocky mountain sherpa - https://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/TOURING/sherpa-10.aspx

kona sutra - https://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm

orbea diem drop disc - https://www.orbea.com/ingles/interior...ilia=6&gama=13

focus cross disc - https://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php

devinci caribou2 - https://www.devinci.com/10479_an.html

raleighusa sojourn - https://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427

rei novara element - https://www.rei.com/product/744808

co-motion mazama - https://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

rocky mountain Solo CXD - https://bikes.com/2008_preview/2008_preview.html

rotwild rs1cx - https://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

fixie inc. pureblood - https://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

maxx roadmaxx custom (you choose the color and parts at the LBS and the factory puts it together, i.e., not a custom frame) - https://www.maxx.de/frmain_bikes.htm (road - roadmaxx custom)

Salsa la Cruz - https://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html
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you're awesome, but it looks like all of these are running for more than $1k, are there any that are more affordable?
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I'm not a road bike rider, but i've seen these Jamis bikes in a local shop here which seem decent, and under the $1000 mark.

The Jamis Ventura, which is available in several variations, ranging from the Sport which should be considerably cheaper than $1000, and the comp which should also be under that mark by a fair margin.
I don't know how rack/fender compatible they are, but they seemed like decent bikes from my wandering through the store looking at them all.
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You could check out a kona jake or surly crosscheck if you want something more affordable. They aren't much cheaper though.
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Old 02-20-08, 05:31 AM
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you're awesome, but it looks like all of these are running for more than $1k, are there any that are more affordable?
Thanks - the list is many people's work though. Try looking for bikes on sale. I bought my previous cyclocross bike many years ago with a ~25% discount for old stock.
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There are bikes for sale online (bikesdirect, Ibex, probably others) but if you're new, you should probably hit up an LBS first. That way, you'll hopefully get onto a bike that fits you properly. Unfortunately, that does mean skirting with the $1k mark in general--there are cheaper bikes, sure; but often the mechanical bits are lower cost/lower durability/etc also. Which may not be an issue for you, but if you ride heavily, you might only get a year or two out of it before you wind up replacing lots of parts (which may be normal, if you are a high milage rider).

At the very least, read up online about bike fitting; and then try sitting on a bunch of bikes in the stores. Shouldn't cost anything to sit on them, and for a salesperson to make minor adjustments (seat height mostly). Then, you might be able to shop online for used or discount, for a better price--but still, if you buy through an LBS, they may be willing to do free tuneups for a while, which you won't get with an online purchase.

Me, I've been considering a Motobecane Fantom CX, as a rain bike that I'd probably wear out in a year or two (all lower end parts). Just haven't up my mind yet.
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trek portland 07' was $1300 from the LBS as far as I know. Where did you get this deal?
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You should buy the portland for that price if it fits you.
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If it fits, buy the Portland. I absolutely love mine. Hell, at that price, buy it anyway and if it doesn't fit, turn it at a profit. It's a $1700 bike.

I carry on here about how much I like my Portland. That was when I had only two weeks on it. 1500 miles later, I wouldn't change a word of it. Except maybe to add that its cyclocross heritage comes shining through off-road.

There's an all-winter, all-conditions group ride here that's goes off-road hat least half the time. I'm the only drop-bar bike most nights. The MTBers have learned that they have to get into extremely technical stuff if they don't want me right on their wheel. That ability also comes in handy on the road in the snow and ice.

You could also do a search on "Portland" in this forum and you'll find several of us have them, love them, except for one guy who isn't sure about his.

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A coworker of mine really loves this bike for commuting...

https://www.bianchiusa.com/06_volpe.html
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TwoTones, I'd shop at your LBS either way. Yes, they are more expensive, but that's also their lively hood. If you shop with them and build a good relationship then good things might come of it, i.e., hook ups, friends, riding partners and the like. Now on to the bikes I have a cross check I built up and love it. Giant clearances for fenders and tires, nice ride, and can hold a decent load. The Portland (which I don't own) I really like. The only draw back I've seen with that is that there are some models with funny cable routing for the front derailluer, but that was in the very early runs. The other thing is a personal quam and that is that if you want to run a front rack you have to get a new fork. It's the same with the surly though, but I don't know how much you want to carry. For that price though go for it, if it fits.
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I am pretty concerned about the fit, it's a 56" and I'm 6'1" so I was thinking of going for something more like a 58". I really haven't had a proper sizing and don't really know enough to do it myself and now I'm scared that they're going to push the 56" size on me because I've expressed interest in that bike. I'm going to take the bike for a two hour ride so i'll let you guys know how it feels. thanks for the help so far
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cool - good luck with the purchase

fwiw I'm 1.81m (5'11") and ride ~56cm usually so if you're 5cm (2") taller then...
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Unless you have T-rex arms, a Trek 56 is going to be too small.
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I always thought the Portland's fenders were too flimsy. I ended up getting a Trek 520, and paid $20 to put full fenders on it. I am very happy.
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I put some old chrome full fenders onto my beater bike, and my shoes still got wet from spray. Drivetrain too. Don't get me wrong, it was much better than without; but when I look at those fenders on the Portland, they look like a joke--they'll keep you from getting stripes but that's about it.
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I have a Portland and love it. I am 5'11" and (I think) have a 58 cm. Also not having spent a lot of money on bikes in a long time, this was my first real road (ish) bike. The ride is great, fast, and lively and it's nice having real components. Compared to real, full fenders, the fenderettes that come with the Portland are not nearly as good. You can get full fenders on it, though.

Having said all that, fit is by far the most important thing. Size does matter and fit to your body matters. I would recommend you spend the next few weeks visiting bike shops and taking many, many bikes out for at least 10 minute rides. You are looking to drop $1000 on a bike. It should be something good that fits you well.
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Originally Posted by markhr View Post
hey

any of these may also fit the bill

700c, drop bar, disc brake, bicycles

trek portland - https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

cannondale cross xr7 - https://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

Brodie Ronin '08 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php
Brodie romax '07 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/romax.php
brodie ronin '07 - https://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php

lemond poprad disc - https://www.lemondbikes.com/bikes/cross/poprad_disc.php

rocky mountain sherpa - https://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/TOURING/sherpa-10.aspx

kona sutra - https://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm

orbea diem drop disc - https://www.orbea.com/ingles/interior...ilia=6&gama=13

focus cross disc - https://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php

devinci caribou2 - https://www.devinci.com/10479_an.html

raleighusa sojourn - https://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427

rei novara element - https://www.rei.com/product/744808

co-motion mazama - https://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

rocky mountain Solo CXD - https://bikes.com/2008_preview/2008_preview.html

rotwild rs1cx - https://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

fixie inc. pureblood - https://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

maxx roadmaxx custom (you choose the color and parts at the LBS and the factory puts it together, i.e., not a custom frame) - https://www.maxx.de/frmain_bikes.htm (road - roadmaxx custom)

Salsa la Cruz - https://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html

Do you have a script that retrieves these for you or do you really spend ten minutes of your time shopping for everyone? I'm just curious.

If it's a script, I want a copy .
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Do you have a script that retrieves these for you or do you really spend ten minutes of your time shopping for everyone? I'm just curious.

If it's a script, I want a copy .
I used to do the "retype it for every thread" at the beginning of last year but that got very boring, very quickly, so I created, and occasionally bump, this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/368115-drop-bar-discbrake-700c-off-peg.html
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I just bought (and absolutely love) a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I had my LBS install fenders, a rear rack,and a rear blinkie. The total price was still lower than the Trek Portland. I commute and do all my shopping/errands via bicycle. I wanted comfort, a WIDE gear range, and a bit of speed upon occasion (speed relative to me, not Lance Armstrong!). I bought the 56 cm size, the 58cm sounds like your size.

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