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Old 04-19-15, 07:17 PM
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Hello all,
From what I can see, this is an awesome source of information and I look forward to the exchange.
I am 52 years old and love cycling every chance I get (between work and kids). I live in Newan, GA, just south of Atlanta and I am a member of Southside Cycling Club.
My focus now is on enjoying weekend rides with our club and finding new centuries around the country. I just did the Tony Serrano and it was great. The best century yet for me.
Now, on to my question.

Current Bike is a Giant Defy Alliance- aluminum bottom and carbon upper and fork. Full 105. This has been a great bike, but I am ready to make the move to a full carbon and the new Ultegra.
Budget $2250 ish

I prefer a little more upright ride. So, I have considered Trek Domane, Specialized Roubaix, Giant Defy Advanced 1 and Kestrel RT 1000 Ultegra.

Of the Giant, Trek and Specialized, I felt the Giant Defy Advanced 1 was the best value at $2,650 for full Ultegra and disc brakes. But, with tax that bumps up to around $3,000
I found a 2014 Giant Defy Advanced 1 Demo for $1,900, but it is baby blue with orange and I am not sure of the color scheme. But, to get a $3,200 bike for $1,900 may make it worth it.

The other choice is the Kestrel RT 1000 Ultegra. I can get this bike from Performance Bike for $2,299 with double points back. This means I would get $460 back that I can use for anything I want in the store. That brings the net cost to around $1,840 for full Ultegra. Anything purchased from Performance has a life time warranty, which helps my concern about not knowing much about Kestrel.

Kestrel RT1000 Road Bike - 2015 Shimano Ultegra

Thanks in advance for your feedback on which route I should go. I love the look of the Kestrel and I think it would be fast and comfortable. I also love the long history and big company name of Giant.
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Old 04-20-15, 07:32 AM
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Buy what feels most comfortable physically, psychologically and monetarily.

I felt even better purchasing my Giant knowing that the company is one of a select few bicycle manufacturers that makes the tubing for the frames from raw materials. BTW, Degenkolb did win Paris-Roubaix on a Defy.
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I wasn't able to see the pix of the Defy Advanced 1, but FWIW, blue and orange actually work pretty well as a color scheme.

My advice is that unless cost is a huge concern, go with the one that tickles you the most. You're going to have it for a long time, and it's not like you're out spending a ridiculous amount on any of them. Go for it.
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I have never ridden a Kestrel, but the ones I have seen really look nice.
I have a Giant propel and love the ride.
I also ride a Domane 5.2 and it is my favorite all around ride.
I would have a hard time plunking down cash for a bike I have not actually ridden. All the bikes in any given price range are very similar in quality and have pretty much the same group sets, so for me it is all about how the bike feels to me, I can not feel a picture on a website.
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Old 04-20-15, 08:08 PM
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I also wanted an upright-ride road bike, and just decided for a 2014 Domane 5.2 over a 2015 Synapse Carbon 3 -both Ultegras, even though it didn't cost much less. It fit me the best and I rode each at least twice to be sure, because I liked the looks of the black Synapse more. I'm being fitted on Wednesday and don't expect to change my mind before then . That price for the Defy Advanced 1 is absolutely tempting, assuming it's a new bike and it fits, although a 2012 model I rode last year didn't fit/ride as well for me as well as the other options, including a Roubaix. Be patient, ride often, and enjoy the shopping.
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Check out the Focus Ergoride. Great value for money!
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Originally Posted by Biker395
My advice is that unless cost is a huge concern, go with the one that tickles you the most. You're going to have it for a long time, and it's not like you're out spending a ridiculous amount on any of them. Go for it.
The differences in prices that you mentioned are pretty significant, but still I agree with 395. I was shopping last year and was down to a few bikes, and I didn't feel that any of them were really getting me excited to go out and ride. I kept looking and finally found one and realize the others would have been a compromise.
btw: I bought from my local Performance Bike and got a bunch of points so felt like I got a great deal.
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I gotta agree with pvillemasher,I was shopping for a bike last year and was down to synapse carbon5 or felt f5. Went into LBS and rode a cervelo S5 and bought it. knew I was going to buy it in the first 1/2 mile. Find the one that really excites you! You WILL know the one. Do ride em all before you buy. You are currently on a nice bike so don't get crazy, you got time.
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The Giant Defy advanced 1 is a nice bike. I shopped a few years, then went to an LBS I was referred to and purchased the defy, very nice bike. My first road bike.
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I like my domane trek. Bought It last summer. Very smooth ride.
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