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Old 12-30-19, 09:58 AM
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Need help finding the perfect road bike under $10,000

For commuting and pleasure rides up to 100 miles. Must be:

Fast, but comfortable.

Lightweight but not too flimsy.

Flashy… not all black.

Free of any gaudy lettering.

Able to fit 28mm tires nicely, but not oversize gravel tires.

Tubeless ready, (for bragging rights) but running tubes. I hate the thought of ever splooging up my fancy clean bike with sticky sealant.

Aero, but not the type that gets blown off the road in a mild side wind.


Would likes:

Disc brakes, with anti lock technology.

Electronic shifting, with LED gear indicators on the dashboard.


I presently ride about 3000 miles a year on a Nashbar AL-1 road bike, and a couple of souped up hybrids and fixed gear bikes which I love. This new bike must be the absolute fastest, most comfortable, most robust, and most importantly the fanciest “show off” bike that $10,000 can buy.

I realize my “would likes” may not be standard on a budget of only $10,000, so I suppose I can splurge upwards a bit if necessary. Or, I'm not opposed to doing a bit of cobbling if that's what it takes. Thanks!
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do the math/

figure where your preferences are then look for the brands that fit & actually test ride them.good luck.https://bike.bikegremlin.com/832/bic...rame-geometry/
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
For commuting and pleasure rides up to 100 miles. Must be:

Fast, but comfortable.

Lightweight but not too flimsy.

Flashy… not all black.

Free of any gaudy lettering.

Able to fit 28mm tires nicely, but not oversize gravel tires.

Tubeless ready, (for bragging rights) but running tubes. I hate the thought of ever splooging up my fancy clean bike with sticky sealant.

Aero, but not the type that gets blown off the road in a mild side wind.


Would likes:

Disc brakes, with anti lock technology.

Electronic shifting, with LED gear indicators on the dashboard.


I presently ride about 3000 miles a year on a Nashbar AL-1 road bike, and a couple of souped up hybrids and fixed gear bikes which I love. This new bike must be the absolute fastest, most comfortable, most robust, and most importantly the fanciest “show off” bike that $10,000 can buy.

I realize my “would likes” may not be standard on a budget of only $10,000, so I suppose I can splurge upwards a bit if necessary. Or, I'm not opposed to doing a bit of cobbling if that's what it takes. Thanks!
I hear the GMC Denali is pretty nice and very upgradeable.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I hear the GMC Denali is pretty nice and very upgradeable.
LMAO, I just about spit out my coffee. I can't comment because I can't even fathom having 10K to spend on one bike. I wish I had that liquid cash to do so and not have to live in a box down by the river for 2 years. Would be pretty awesome though.

For 10K it has to be 100 custom build...no doubt. I would find a frame, custom paint it then apply all the stuff myself. Then 10K would be super easy to spend but 10k damn, a boy can dream.
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Build your own with a Chinese frame painted to suit your tastes. All of your desirements can be met for ~$4000, tops. With the remaining $6000, you can ride for weeks in France or Tuscany. Cool.
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Not sure you can find what you want for under $12,500. Maybe if you can "splurge upward" to that we could help better....of course $15,000 would be better.

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Maybe not as good in cross-winds as you require, but...

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$10,000 is not much to work with.

Probably best to go used. Check Craigslist.

If you must go new, try Bikes Direct. They are a decent budget option

Or maybe just save up to get what you really want. Too many people try to cheap out on $10K bikes only to find themselves upgrading everything.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
$10,000 is not much to work with.

Probably best to go used. Check Craigslist.

If you must go new, try Bikes Direct. They are a decent budget option

Or maybe just save up to get what you really want. Too many people try to cheap out on $10K bikes only to find themselves upgrading everything.

Hell, the cold fusion-powered shifters on mine were $225,000 alone. Have to expect that when you're buying space alien technology.
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Old 12-30-19, 12:12 PM
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"If you didn't buy your bike for less than $15 at a garage sale you are an elitist scum."
You Like to Kvetch.
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An Alex Moulton NS comes to mind. Your stretch budget might cover a Speed, but a Double Pylon is well out of your price range. There's a waiting list, so maybe for the spring 2021 riding season.

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Consider custom titanium.

Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
For commuting and pleasure rides up to 100 miles. Must be:

Fast, but comfortable. What ti bikes are known for.

Lightweight but not too flimsy. Again. what ti bikes are known for.

Flashy… not all black. Covered

Free of any gaudy lettering. Very few ti builders even offer gaudy lettering.

Able to fit 28mm tires nicely, but not oversize gravel tires. No problem

Tubeless ready, (for bragging rights) but running tubes. I hate the thought of ever splooging up my fancy clean bike with sticky sealant. Even if you did spill, it's not likely to do anything to a ti frame.

Aero, but not the type that gets blown off the road in a mild side wind. There are some more aero ti tubes but the big gains are in wheel, handlebars and position, not frames.


Would likes:

Disc brakes, with anti lock technology. I don't know what's possible but you would have a lot of money left over after the frame and fork.

Electronic shifting, with LED gear indicators on the dashboard. Again, I don't know what's possible but you would have a lot of money left over after the frame and fork.


I presently ride about 3000 miles a year on a Nashbar AL-1 road bike, and a couple of souped up hybrids and fixed gear bikes which I love. This new bike must be the absolute fastest, most comfortable, most robust, and most importantly the fanciest “show off” bike that $10,000 can buy.

I realize my “would likes” may not be standard on a budget of only $10,000, so I suppose I can splurge upwards a bit if necessary. Or, I'm not opposed to doing a bit of cobbling if that's what it takes. Thanks!
Another benefit - if down the line, you decide you want to make a change, say add a "braze-on" to do "this", you have a working relationship with your builder. Drop off the bike, he welds on the gidget, brushes the ti to match, replaces the decals and you get back a brand new bike.

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$10,000? Those are rookie numbers. You gotta pump those numbers up. Unless you spend $10,000 on the paint job alone, you will be the laughing stock of every group ride you futilely attempt to join.

I recommend flying to Italy and talking to a REAL bike CRAFTSMAN. Spend a month with him, and let him get to know you. Your measurements, your riding style, your preferences, your power profile, your favorite skratch flavor, etc. Only then will you be able to earn the privilege of paying $40,000 for a bike worth bragging about.

If you want anti-lock disc brakes or LED gear indicators plus a “dashboard” to put them on I recommend flying to Japan and talking to a REAL ENGINEER. Only the Japanese know how to make technology. Every other country just (poorly) copies what they do. Alternatively, you can just put some grease on your rotors. I guarantee they will never lock.

If you want aero/lightweight, you shouldn’t really be looking at your bike. Get a custom skinsuit (talk to Ineos) and a custom helmet and you’ll almost be there. Hire a coach (good ones cost $2000 per month) who will email you a PDF and then tell you to do exactly what it says, a chef who can handle your 3 meals a day, plus a personal trainer who can help you get absolutely shredded. If you show up to a group ride with an expensive bike but are slow and fat, all you will hear are laughs and sneers as you see the group fade away on the first hill. Get your FTP upto 450W or 7W/kg, whichever is higher. Only then are you allowed to ride your $40,000 hand-crafted, custom spec’d, bleeding edge bike. If you don’t hit those power numbers, the bike will assplode.

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Hmmpf... you've been on the board for 14 years and haven't figured out what your dream bike is yet?
You've got a lot of options.
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  • Comfort (Specialized Roubaix) or Trek Decoupled?? vs Performance (Specialized Tarmac, etc).
  • Brands... Specialized, Trek, Colnago, Bianchi, Cannondale, Lynskey, Litespeed, & various "house" brands.
  • Groupset (Campagnolo, Shimano, SRAM all have electronic shifting).
  • Materials (Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, Steel, Titanium, etc).
Start narrowing it down a bit as to what you desire. Then if you choose to purchase locally at a LBS, cruise around and see what you can find. If you are in a small town, then perhaps a trip to Chicagoland.

Even if you buy local, you'll probably end up ordering custom. Try a "Bike Fit" before you drop the dough.

Trek Project One?

What about online bikes? Even Ribble has their own line of bikes. REI COOP?
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Unfortunately for AlmostTrick, I have the one and only perfect bike in existence, and he can't have it!
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Consider custom titanium..
How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Build your own with a Chinese frame painted to suit your tastes. All of your desirements can be met for ~$4000, tops. With the remaining $6000, you can ride for weeks in France or Tuscany. Cool.
I agree with the other Phil. If you go this route, you will have enough left over to purchase these special clipless shoes.

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How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.
I had a sodium bike frame once, which was great until it rained.
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You are getting lots of excellent advice here. I hope you're writing this down.

Personally, all kidding aside, I would probably spend around $4500-5K on an Orbea or a Trek with each's super-cool custom paint job of your choice, then, go to Mallorca and France/Italy/Spain for two weeks. The memories you create from your trip with your ridiculous bike will be worth way, way more than $7500.
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You have to spend at least $11,000 to get the LED dashboard display.
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You have to spend at least $11,000 to get the LED dashboard display.

I much prefer the heads-up display on my helmet visor.
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I much prefer the heads-up display on my helmet visor.
That kicks it up to $12,000.
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