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What bike to buy for a beginner

Old 07-05-13, 08:31 AM
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What bike to buy for a beginner

Hi all,
The title says it all. Basically I am trying to find a good cyclocross bike from under $1000. I am 6'4 and weigh 215lbs. I have been sized at 61cm frame. I will be riding trails, roads, and possibly some races. Some bikes I am considering:

2005 Bianchi Cross Concept for $800 (is this too high?)
61cm Scanduim frame. Carbon fork and rear triangle. Schimano Ultegra gruppo. FSA Gossamer crank. Mavic Open Pro wheels.

2013 Jamis Nova Sport

2013 Masi CX Comp

I'm interested in the Bianchi but I don't know if that is too much to spend on a nine year old bike... it seems kind of high. Condition looks good but you can't ever really know the full history of a used bike. Any thoughts between the three? Should I consider bikesdirect?

Thanks!
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The Motobecane Phantom cross outlaw is nice ... I would rather have this bike than a 2005 whatever brand...this is a lot of bang for the buck...You don't have to go that high on the dollar... the Phanton CX is nice too... The local LBS will be able to work on these bikes also...it's work for them if you need it...Hopefully you get it and everything is 100% true on it and you can just ride....for a few months anyway and then get it tuned...The other 2 bikes you picked are nice also...Others with way more knowledge will hopefully chime in and help you...

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How much of a beginner?
You already have learned to ride a bike and not fall off in the first 50' ?

Id suggest the ones you can test ride at bike dealers..

that eliminates BD, as dealer is bypassed.,

a Craig's list used bike if you go to the sellers house ..

but I cant comment on condition in used stuff.
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Thanks all. I saw the outlaw and liked it; it was probably my first choice from BD.

I am a cyclocross beginner. I have done triathlons and plenty of road riding. I just use an old Lotus so anything is going to be an upgrade.

The Bianchi would be at the sellers house. I'm sure it's a nice bike, but again, I'm not sure what a 2005 is worth. Is it difficult to put together something from BD? I've definitely never serviced my own bike.
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If you take up cross racing you will have to know how to fix the bike,

they need to be taken care of , serviced every week, after a race,

particularly if it's your only bike..

BD, there you are on your own.. you get a box . off the truck .

I've definitely never serviced my own bike.
Go thru a Bike Shop, they will help after the sale.

or jump off into the deep end of the pool.
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Thanks - I definitely plan on learning. I have never really had a "nice" bike so I will definitely be working on improving my knowledge and learning my way around it better. I'm tempted about BD only because it would be a good learning experience actually putting the bike together. I did however find out that my LBS has a Masi CX Comp I can get for $950 after tax. So right now I'm 100% torn between the Masi CX Comp or the outlaw:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...crossbikes.htm

I should also mention that I'll probably do 50% of my riding on roads... albeit pretty junky roads. My girlfriend has a road bike so I'll definitely want to take the new one out.

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Originally Posted by WillemWallace
Thanks - I definitely plan on learning. I have never really had a "nice" bike so I will definitely be working on improving my knowledge and learning my way around it better. I'm tempted about BD only because it would be a good learning experience actually putting the bike together. I did however find out that my LBS has a Masi CX Comp I can get for $950 after tax. So right now I'm 100% torn between the Masi CX Comp or the outlaw:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...crossbikes.htm

I should also mention that I'll probably do 50% of my riding on roads... albeit pretty junky roads. My girlfriend has a road bike so I'll definitely want to take the new one out.
Actually I a meant the 105 components on this:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...m_cross_xi.htm
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If you have basic tools you should be able to put together the BD bike no problem/...I think it has to be signed for so it may be a good way to make sure the box has no visible damages and even open it before the driver leaves...
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Well, I am about to pull the trigger on the Nashbar steel cyclocross:
https://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...3817_-1_catNav

For the price and the components it just makes sense for me. It also allows me to purchase some upgrades down the road as well (new wheels, etc.).
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That is a nice Bike... I am sure you will like it... let us know what your first impressions are and what you think after a few miles under your A$$...
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I saw this thread and am having a similar dilemma. I also saw the Nashbar steel and thought it looked like a great value at $749. I am 6'2" but have a standover height of about 31.5" to 32" max and thus a VERY LONG torso.

I have an opportunity to buy a 2009 Trek XO1 56cm for about $600 (Aluminum Frame, Carbon Fork). It looks to be in excellent condition based upon photos and owner says it has only been run a few 100 miles. The factory specs are here. They have very similar components.

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.Ud6HlEHbMhR

The only changes the owner made where at time of purchase, the dealer changed the wheels to Weinmann DP18s and the changed out the crank from the Bontrager Race Cross, 38/46 teeth, to a shimano Tiagra triple ring crank. His reason for selling the bike, is he wan't riding it much because the frame seemed to long and stretched out for him. That sounds perfect for me. So getting to the point, does this bike sound like a good deal, or am I better off going for the the Nashbar steel.
Notes: I am an avid rider at 57 putting 60 to 100 miles a week on my 97 Gary Fischer Aquila Mountain bike. I have never competed in races, but might consider giving it a go next year for motivation to get in better shape. I had considered a road bike, but thought a cyclocross bike with two wheelsets (one for general use and one for group rides with the road bikers) made more sense in the pothole infested city of Philadelphia.

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56cm will be way to small for you. With your height and a long torso you would likely need a 60cm top tube.
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Where do I find a bike with a 60cm top tube and a reasonable standover height? I have a 33" inseam, which means I need about a 31.5 to 32" standover height MAX.
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Never Mind. Craigs List Seller stood me up. Ended up with a Raleigh Technium Pro 14 speed Road bike with all 105. 54 cm frame. Max height-ed quill stem and it fits perfectly. Love it. Will look for a Cyclocross maybe next year.
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