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Looking to purchase a new road bike, need some advice

Old 06-30-15, 09:01 PM
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Looking to purchase a new road bike, need some advice

Hello everyone!
I'm looking to get my first road bike. I have been riding my dad's Specialized Roubaix (2013) a bit lately and really enjoy it. I'm not new to cycling, but pretty new to road biking, but have done a lot of MTB.

Budget is roughly $1500, give or take some. I've included a table of bikes I have been looking at.
From what I understand this would either get me a pretty good aluminum bike or a low end carbon bike. I'm not sure which to prioritize in regards to components vs frame.


If I get the CAAD 10 or Allez, I would end up with 105 which is ideal, but would in the long run be limited by the frame. If I go with one of the carbon bikes, I would start with lesser components, but could foresee myself upgrading components within a year and be less limited by the frame. I really enjoy the ride of my dad's Roubaix. Ideally, something on the level of a 2015 Specialized Tarmac would be nice, but that is pushing the budget too much unfortunately.


I plan on keeping the bike for a good number of years and using it for typical road biking, group rides, etc., and there is a chance of some collegiate racing, but that is very much up in the air. Biking will be primarily in Illinois and California. If it makes a difference, I'm college aged.

Also, the 2012 Tarmac seems like a good bike, but I am worried that it is a 2012 model. How much has changed since its release? It is on sale at my LBS from $2200, I have rode it and enjoyed it, but should a 3 year old bike really be going for only ~20% off? Also, why hasn't it sold yet, is there something wrong with it?


Brand Year Model Price Groupset
Specialized 2012 Tarmac Apex Mid Compact $1,700 Apex
Specialized 2015 Roubaix SL4 Double $1,451 Sora
Specialized 2015 Allez Comp $1,600 105
Cannondale 2015 CAAD 10 105 $1,550 105

I'm open to other suggestions, however I've been riding a Specialized Carve MTB for the last 2 years and am really happy with it, so may be a little partial to Specialized.


Thank You!
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Old 06-30-15, 09:47 PM
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You won't be limited by a Caad10 or Allez smartweld frame. But caad12 was just announced so if you can wait a couple of months you might get a better deal on caad10
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The tarmac is over priced and you won't be limited by any of those, but if you're thinking of racing, the Roubaix is a more upright kind of ride (you know, for us old guys). The Allez or CAAD would probably suit you very well.

But... as alluded to above, new bikes come out in about August, and this year's bikes go on sale if you can stand waiting and your dad doesn't take his bike back.
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Go to Buy Road Bikes & Parts at Ribble Cycles | Online Bike Shop, and build your own. You can get a great carbon bike with 105 for your budget. If you can't it's great fun anyway.
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My LBS just marked down all their CAAD10s 20%, presumably due to the CAAD12 announcement. Shop around and you might be able to get one cheaper.
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Originally Posted by XtremeKH View Post
If I get the CAAD 10 or Allez, I would end up with 105 which is ideal, but would in the long run be limited by the frame.
I can't think of any way either of those 2 frames would limit you.
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Old 07-01-15, 02:31 PM
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I've been looking at the Trek Emonda ALR 5. It's a little higher than your budget ($1600-1700), but it has a full 105 gruppo. I don't think any of the bikes you listed can claim that, and it's pretty impressive for that price point.
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Originally Posted by XtremeKH View Post
Hello everyone!
I'm looking to get my first road bike. I have been riding my dad's Specialized Roubaix (2013) a bit lately and really enjoy it. I'm not new to cycling, but pretty new to road biking, but have done a lot of MTB.

Budget is roughly $1500, give or take some. I've included a table of bikes I have been looking at.
From what I understand this would either get me a pretty good aluminum bike or a low end carbon bike. I'm not sure which to prioritize in regards to components vs frame.


If I get the CAAD 10 or Allez, I would end up with 105 which is ideal, but would in the long run be limited by the frame. If I go with one of the carbon bikes, I would start with lesser components, but could foresee myself upgrading components within a year and be less limited by the frame. I really enjoy the ride of my dad's Roubaix. Ideally, something on the level of a 2015 Specialized Tarmac would be nice, but that is pushing the budget too much unfortunately.


I plan on keeping the bike for a good number of years and using it for typical road biking, group rides, etc., and there is a chance of some collegiate racing, but that is very much up in the air. Biking will be primarily in Illinois and California. If it makes a difference, I'm college aged.

Also, the 2012 Tarmac seems like a good bike, but I am worried that it is a 2012 model. How much has changed since its release? It is on sale at my LBS from $2200, I have rode it and enjoyed it, but should a 3 year old bike really be going for only ~20% off? Also, why hasn't it sold yet, is there something wrong with it?


Brand Year Model Price Groupset
Specialized 2012 Tarmac Apex Mid Compact $1,700 Apex
Specialized 2015 Roubaix SL4 Double $1,451 Sora
Specialized 2015 Allez Comp $1,600 105
Cannondale 2015 CAAD 10 105 $1,550 105

I'm open to other suggestions, however I've been riding a Specialized Carve MTB for the last 2 years and am really happy with it, so may be a little partial to Specialized.


Thank You!
May I ask where you are seeing the 2015 Roubaix SL4 Double for 1,451? In my area (mid-Atlantic), the best I've seen is mid-1600s. My small bit of feedback on your list is that you have some quite different frame geometries there. The Roubaix is an "endurance" style with a shorter top tube and a longer head tube to make you more upright. The others are more traditional and would be better for racing. If you want something in a geometry comparable to the Roubaix, I would consider the Cannondale Synapse. You can get the aluminum frame Synapse with carbon fork and 105 set for mid-1400s.

I've been in the search for a while and am basically in between these two bikes.
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Old 07-07-15, 03:18 PM
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For a new rider who wants a race worthy bike I would go with the Tarmac. I got a 2012 with a full Ultegra groupset on it and few hundred miles on it and love it. I rode a few other bikes and also owned a Roubaix in the past and the tarmac is the only thing I really felt fast on and would race.
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If you like the roubaix and the feel of that upright style, but plan to do not so serious racing, maybe consider a more zippy all rounder with less cost associated to mark up like a giant defy or a cannondale synapse.

I think before anything, decide what frame material you want then go from there, because it's a lot easier to upgrade group sets and wheels piece by piece than to invest in a full new frame set or bike.
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I'd go with the CAAD 10, see if you can manage to get deals because of the recent CAAD12 announcement.
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