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Old 01-30-17, 04:35 PM
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Help with new bike purchase

Please help! I have $1500 for a budget. Maybe could squeeze toward $2000 but I'm really trying to stay within $1800 max. I'm looking for a somewhat do all bike. I realize that do all sometimes means does nothing well. I do some road riding but nothing competitive. I want to get into more gravel riding and some long weekend bike packing that could grow into maybe a week touring once in a while. I would consider a build if I found a good deal on a frame but I am leaning towards a complete bike. I think rack mounts are important but maybe I'm over emphasizing that. I like the idea of steel but I'm 5'4" 130 lbs. I'm strong and feel confident to become a stronger rider but is the weight of steel not a good idea for me? Is carbon not a good idea for what I want in a bike. And is aluminum forgiving enough? I'm not opposed to an eBay used bike or other online sources but I'm open to lbs. I have many dealers nearby and would travel if needed. I really like the felt v55, as it seems to offer a lot for the price. I like the jamis renegade. I like the salsas a lot but they seem pricey. I'm also open to some of the smaller makers if I could afford it. I've also been considering a cross bike. Please help and sorry so long winded.
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I forgot. I would like to do a gravel race or two a year. So I am wanting something capable.
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Some of the new Performance Bike gravel/cross bikes look really good, you can get a nice groupset, hydraulic brakes, on an aluminum frame for under $1500. Several with 1X transmissions, if you're into that.
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The Masi Giramondo is a very nice option and you'll have $700 left to customize anything you aren't happy with. You could also look at a Vaya Deore, Kona Rove or Rove ST, Surly Cross Check/Ogre/Karate Monkey, or the Masi Randonneur, all in the $1400-$1600 range, or build up a Soma Wolverine or Fog Cutter, or Double Cross for a similar price, any of these are good options depending on what you want. Traitor has some cheaper options but I think your tire clearances will max out at 40 (Ruben, Wander, etc). Not counting aluminum options, which can ride harsh if you want long rides. I have an aversion to Sram and 1x systems, and I like bar ends, so the Giramondo won. Diamondback has a compelling carbon fiber option at the very top end of your range, the Haanjo Carbon EXP (It's $1900 at REI and Performance Bike, but you get some credit back that you can apply to pedals, bags, etc).

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Backcountry.com has some good deals going right now if you know your size and it is available, Road Bikes | Backcountry.com
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Originally Posted by bcpriess
The Masi Giramondo is a very nice option and you'll have $700 left to customize anything you aren't happy with. You could also look at a Vaya Deore, Kona Rove or Rove ST, Surly Cross Check/Ogre/Karate Monkey, or the Masi Randonneur, all in the $1400-$1600 range, or build up a Soma Wolverine or Fog Cutter, or Double Cross for a similar price, any of these are good options depending on what you want. Traitor has some cheaper options but I think your tire clearances will max out at 40 (Ruben, Wander, etc). Not counting aluminum options, which can ride harsh if you want long rides. I have an aversion to Sram and 1x systems, and I like bar ends, so the Giramondo won. Diamondback has a compelling carbon fiber option at the very top end of your range, the Haanjo Carbon EXP (It's $1900 at REI and Performance Bike, but you get some credit back that you can apply to pedals, bags, etc).
The haanjo trail is a really tall bike. I looked into it and the 50cm is too big for me. It stinks because it's a great value. There's a double cross on eBay in 50cm for a decent deal. I'll check the others you mentioned out.

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I found a fairdale weekender in my size too. Has 650b wheels and has some nice extras. Anyone know much about them. https://www.ebay.com/itm/142260630854
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I found a fairdale weekender in my size too. Has 650b wheels and has some nice extras. Anyone know much about them. https://www.ebay.com/itm/142260630854
Nice looking bike, those Weekenders.

However my initial thought is at your height (inseam/arm length is very important; not just height), the 371mm 'reach' may be too long.
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Originally Posted by Rflee
I found a fairdale weekender in my size too. Has 650b wheels and has some nice extras. Anyone know much about them. https://www.ebay.com/itm/142260630854
Weekenders are good bikes...its a 1x drivetrain and i think its 42t ring with a cassette thats 38 or 40t at largest. That, for me, could be tough going on western PA hills.

There are some great frame optiins from Soma, VeloOrange, BlackMountainCycles, All City, and more...if you want to build the bike up yourself either from collecting parts off ebay or buying a groupset from a euro vendor like Ribble or Wiggle or ChainReaxtion (among others).

A $675 frame, fork, and headset (which is a fairly common price for taiwan butted cromo built framesets) could be built up with a $220 Sora groupset with the cables routed under tape. $220 for some good wheels from velomine, $80 for new bars plus stem plus seatpost, $70 for a good saddle, and $30 for spd pedals. Sell the road calipers and buy some cantis for $20 difference. $60 for some tires.
$1400 total once bar tape and cables are added.

...of course that isnt for everyone. And it could be built for less or more depending on what you decide. Cool thing is its spec'd how you want and is individual for you.

I figured i'd toss this option your way since other great options have been mentioned.
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One of my friends has a Trek CrossRip -- aluminum frame with carbon fork. Seems like a good all around bike. He's a big fellow, says it's a good commuter, good on chip seal and rural asphalt and our local gravel MUP. I might ask if I can try his bike next time we ride -- we're the same height so his frame should fit me.

I'd consider it if I could handle drop bars again (neck injury makes low positions uncomfortable). I mostly ride an early 1990s steel frame rigid fork mountain bike with slightly upright bars for a good compromise between comfort and efficiency. My buddy is faster than me on downhills where wind resistance holds me back. I'm faster on climbs.
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Originally Posted by 12strings
Some of the new Performance Bike gravel/cross bikes look really good, you can get a nice groupset, hydraulic brakes, on an aluminum frame for under $1500. Several with 1X transmissions, if you're into that.
I'll check them out. I don't think a 1x is enough for the hills around me.
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Does the cgr seatposts work well enough to warrant the cost? Particularly if I went the aluminum route.
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