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Old 08-22-12, 11:23 PM
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HELP!! 2012 Colnago Ace 105 or 2013 Specialized Roubaix Compact? Which Should I buy?

I have just started road bike riding and wish to purchase a good entry level bike. I have narrowed it down to these two....

The 2012 Colnago Ace 105 or 2013 Specialized Roubaix Compact...

The Colnago runs all 105 running gear (albeit 2012 technology) whilst the Roubaix is 2013 Tiagra - Apparently trickle technology makes these one and the same... Is this true?

Both are full carbon - so they tell me... however Specialized have a new zertz technology for comfort of ride.

Specialized run a Shimano 12-30T cassette while Colnago run a Shimano 105 11-28 cassette...

I couldn't see any other glaring differences between the two - Please advise your thoughts on the better of these two bicycles?
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Old 08-23-12, 07:22 AM
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Old 08-23-12, 02:08 PM
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Welcome barmby1975. IMHO neither of these bikes is an entry level bike. Most folks consider entry level to be $700-$1200.
Here's my two cents.
I had a 2010 Specialized Tarmac. Never really got comfortable on it no matter what I changed or adjusted.
I've always thought highly of Colnago but it was more than I could afford or wanted to spend.
If you have that much disposable income go for the Colnago.

The folks in the Road Cycling forum could offer more and better advice and lots of other bikes to consider.
Good luck.
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Ditto what Ron said on asking the Road forum. I haven't been in there in a little while, but last time I was, they told me to go 105 or higher. So I'd vote Colnago, assuming they both fit and ride well. And welcome!
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I would go for the Colnago. Even though the ACE is not made in Italy, there is a lot of "tradition" dialed into every Colnago regardless of where it is made.

And I agree, these are not entry level bikes. They are reasonably priced high quality bikes.
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Thank you all for your advise. I was favoring the Colnago and think I will go with this one.

I appreciate these are a little better than entry level bikes however I don't want to pay $1200 or $1400 for an alloy butted frame and then be in a position where I wanted to upgrade to a carbon frame in 12 or 18 months - prefer to get a quality ride from the outset.

Thanks again for all the feedback.
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