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Old 05-05-14, 06:58 PM
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Novice Rider Looking for Entry Level Road Bike

Good evening everyone!
My name is Chris and I've been riding a cheap single-speed Vilano road bike for about 5 years; mostly to commute to work and back (~5 miles). I've been riding more frequently and for longer (for recreation and commute) and am looking to purchase a true road bike. I'm still only averaging about 50-70 miles a week so I don't want to make too huge of an investment just yet, with a max budget of around $750. I live in Florida, so hills aren't too much of a concern (I may move to hilly regions soon) so I would like some top end speed suited for flat smooth trails. I've Googled top entry-level roadbikes for under $1000, obviously, but alot of reviews seem scattered. I've also test ridden a few bikes but I still so new that I don't really know what too look for in these bikes. Does anyone have any personal insight into bikes and/or features of interest I should know about. Thanks, and I'm happy to be a new member!
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Hi,
So I'm about 5 foot 11 inches, 195 pounds (but slimming down). I've pretty much narrowed it down between a Specialized Allez and a Cannondale CAAD8. All of their components (drive train, frame material, brakes, shifters) are pretty much identical, and are equally priced. Which bike is more durable and of higher quality? They feel about the same to me when I ride them, so I think whoever makes the better frame will win my money.
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I like Specialized. Have two of them.



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Welcome to BF! Just a personal feeling, but... If I had to pick between a Specialized and a Cannondale that seemed to be pretty much equal, I’d probably go with the Specialized. And now... cue the Cannondale lovers to come screaming in! Which ever one fits you the best, works the best for you and feels the most comfortable when you ride it should be the best pick. If they’re both totally even on those three criteria, flip a coin.
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Originally Posted by odgtivr6 View Post
Hi,
So I'm about 5 foot 11 inches, 195 pounds (but slimming down). I've pretty much narrowed it down between a Specialized Allez and a Cannondale CAAD8. All of their components (drive train, frame material, brakes, shifters) are pretty much identical, and are equally priced. Which bike is more durable and of higher quality? They feel about the same to me when I ride them, so I think whoever makes the better frame will win my money.
So I have reconsidered and I'm now considering the following bikes:

Trek 1.1 ($750) with Shimano Claris components
Cannondale CAAD8 ($800) with Shimano Claris components
Specialized Allez ($800) with Shimano Claris components
Scott Speedster 50 ($700) with Sora components

If all else equal, which bike would you guys buy?
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Old 05-06-14, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by odgtivr6 View Post
Hi,
So I'm about 5 foot 11 inches, 195 pounds (but slimming down). I've pretty much narrowed it down between a Specialized Allez and a Cannondale CAAD8. All of their components (drive train, frame material, brakes, shifters) are pretty much identical, and are equally priced. Which bike is more durable and of higher quality? They feel about the same to me when I ride them, so I think whoever makes the better frame will win my money.
Welcome to Bike Forums. I had a Specialized a couple of years back and didn't like it and sold it after 9 months. Tomorrow I'm test riding a Cannondale CAAD 10. I've always wanted a Cannondale so I'm finally getting one -- so I'll have to vote for the CAAD 8 for you.

Whereabouts in FL? Stop by the Southeast Regional subforum. Lots of FL folks on here.
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Welcome to Bike Forums. I had a Specialized a couple of years back and didn't like it and sold it after 9 months. Tomorrow I'm test riding a Cannondale CAAD 10. I've always wanted a Cannondale so I'm finally getting one -- so I'll have to vote for the CAAD 8 for you.

Whereabouts in FL? Stop by the Southeast Regional subforum. Lots of FL folks on here.
I'm in Gainesville. I eventually want to work up toward biking to the beach :-) (~90 miles)
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There are a lot of groups with all riding abilities in the Gainesville area. Post something in the Southeast subforum and some of the folks over there can give you more info if you're interested.
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The advice I've always gotten is buy the most used bike you can afford that fits you (that last part is important). I picked up a ~2006 model Specialized S-Works E5 with 2010 SRAM Force components and a Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheelset (new Gatorback tires as well) for $800. It needs a new 50t ring, and is getting close to needing a chain and casette, but that's it. I imagine you could find any of those you are looking at used for quite a bit less than you are looking at new.
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