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Bikes similar to Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert, Trek Domane 4.7

Old 10-28-14, 04:43 PM
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Bikes similar to Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert, Trek Domane 4.7

Hi. I'm considering buying a new bike. I'm coming from a 2007 Trek 7.7 FX. There's nothing at all wrong with my Trek. It rides just fine, but it's a hybrid with a 57cm frame that is slightly too small for me. I would like to switch to a carbon fiber frame endurance style road bike in a slightly larger 60 to 61cm size.

I road the two bikes in the title of this post, a 2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert and a 2014 Trek Domane 4.7, this past weekend at a local bike shop. Apparently the Trek Domane 4.7 is dropped for 2015, as I can't find it on the Trek web site. From a price and component perspective, it seems that the Domane 5.2 is its replacement???

The Roubaix had a 61cm frame, the Trek was 60cm. They both had the 11-speed Shimano Ultegra drivetrain. I liked them both a lot. The Trek seemed a bit more comfortable on bumps, but the Specialized felt stiffer and more responsive to my inputs.

Before I make a decision, I'd like to try some other bikes in the same style (endurance road bike), quality level, and approximate price range. My max budget is $3800, but I'm not itching to spend that much if I can find a bike with these specs for less.

So what other bikes could you suggest that I might try out before I pull the trigger?
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Old 10-29-14, 04:05 AM
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Old 10-29-14, 04:27 AM
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Giant Defy Advanced is a good one to check out.

Most all of the usual brands have an endurance road bike that would be an equivalent.

I think Performance Bike has Fuji Gran Fondo and Ridley Fenix.

What dealers/brands do you have near you?
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Old 10-29-14, 09:12 AM
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You mean frames ? obviously the component choices are part of the total cost. and you can buy lower on the list for those

upgrade a piece at a time, Later..

The Domane Alu will cost less tan a Domane Carbon too..
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Old 10-29-14, 09:18 AM
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The Cervelo RS is a sweet riding bike. You can find them with SRAM Rival for around $1800.
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I have been looking at the Domane 5.2 and the Roubaix SL4 Expert too. I also looked at the Bianchi Infinito CV, which is awesome but a lot more expensive, and the Cannondale Synapse, which is a little less expensive, but not quite as awesome.

I'm leaning towards the Domane but not planning to pull the trigger until springtime at the earliest, so I will keep looking over the winter.
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Old 10-30-14, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I'm going to research them all. I'm not buying right away, so I have some time to research.

fietsbob, no, I'm not asking about frames. I'm not super knowledgeable about components and I'm not interested in building a bike from parts. I'd have no idea where to begin. I'm in the market for a complete bike, prepped by a dealer and fitted to me, ready to ride.

I'm mainly interested in cycling for exercise and casual fun (short trips, nothing too long or arduous), which is why my budget is under 4 grand.
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