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Road or CX bike recommendation?

Old 07-15-11, 01:22 PM
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Road or CX bike recommendation?

Hello,
I have a friend who is planning on doing 40mi and 50mi bike races in the following months and is looking for a bike recommendation. These races will be on pavement only, however she also wants to use the bike for packed smooth dirt trails. If road bikes are that much better than a CX/hybrid for pavement, she would be willing to settle and just get the road bike. Which would be the wise choice?

She has a budget of <$800. Any specific bang-for-buck bikes you all would recommend?
Thanks!
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Old 07-15-11, 09:05 PM
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If she is planning on road racing then she should get a road bike.

For a women's bike, I like something with Shimano 105 equipment like a giant Avail 1, this bike is over the $800 but it is starting to be a good time of year to buy since many dealers are offering discounts on bikes. also as it gets closer to winter the discounts get larger.
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she can use a cx bike for both purposes. she cannot win road race on a cx bike (unless she is out of her class, which, i think would be a temporary condition).

does she want a chance to win or is she happy to make up the numbers? that answer steers her one way or the other.

if she buys used, she may save enough to shop for a second bike....
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Shop the Dealer , bike brands are competitive with each other in features and pricepoints.
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