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Old 06-28-08, 11:53 AM   #1
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Did I REALLY get a bargain?!

Finally got back in the saddle (well, for a test ride anyway - waiting for my pedals to be delivered before I do anything proper) today after a 15-year absence from cycling. I used to have a Raleigh Record Sprint so the feel of carbon fibre bikes is like nothing I could have ever dreamed of...

So anyway, I made a massive saving on a brand-new road bike - Trek 5500 from 2004. Original price 2700 - on offer at 1100. Standard set-up - Dura-Ace throughout, Bontrager Race X Lite wheels and bars, Cane Creek headset, and a cheapo saddle (by the looks of it). Feels great and sure I'll love it.

But next to it was a 2007 Spesh Tarmac Pro - also originally 2700, but now down to 1600. So componentry's of a fairly similar standard, although not 100% Dura-Ace, but my question is - did I do the right thing? Has frame technology changed so much over 4/5 years that the Spesh would've been the best option? Or would I have just been paying an extra 500 for a much more attractively styled frame without any other benefits?

Look forward to your thoughts!

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Old 06-28-08, 02:01 PM   #2
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Sounds like you got a very good deal, but I would have gone with the Specialized Tarmac. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 07-02-08, 07:17 PM   #3
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Hi Steady Rolling--the question is--are you happy with it?

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