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Aluminium bikes with Shimano 105 and $1,500 or less?

Old 02-28-16, 08:05 PM
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Don't have one, but would like to see a reply about Ridley
A solid brand, for sure.
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The Trek Emonda ALR 5 would be my choice even if it’s past your limit. If you can get a 10% discount after negotiating, that would put it around $1500 USD

The ALR 5 frame is a lightweight frame (pretty close to 1000g unpainted). It is a nice riding bike that can comfortably be compared to carbon bikes in terms of weight.

What I also like about it, is it comes with the entire 105 groupset….no substitutions, even the cassette and chain are 105 level. It’s a nice change from the norm.
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The Jamis mentioned earlier is a nice bike!

Why aluminum? You can get carbon or steel with 105 in your price range.

Here's an aluminum bike with 105 and Hy/Rd disc brakes for 1,000 ($100 gift if you have/join Team Performance). Yeah, color is loud but you will not find another bike with 105 and Hy/Rd brakes for that price. It's a STEAL if you want aluminum and don't mind the color. It's $300 more if you want it in silver.
GT Grade Alloy 105 Road Bike - 2016

Here's a carbon bike with 105 for $1400, and actually what I ride now:
Kestrel Talon Road Bike - 2016

Or an Ultegra including brakes and a carbon frame for $1500, but only available in 48cm:
Kestrel Legend Ultegra Carbon Road Bike (Carbon/Gray/Red) (48cm) [3055212048] | Bikes - AMain Performance Cycling - AMain Performance Cycling

Full Ultegra + carbon frame for 1440:
Nashbar CR5 Road Bike

105+carbon for 1200:
Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike

Performance bike will give you a gift card for 10% of the bikes price. Both Performance Bike and Nashbar will give you 3.5% cash back to your paypal account or a check through ebates.

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Originally Posted by rjones28
Fuji Roubaix 1.3 is $1260 msrp

Fuji Bikes | ROAD | COMPETITON SERIES | ROUBAIX 1.3

For $100 more, you can go with the Roubaix 1.1 which adds Ultegra shifters and RD.
For a alumium racing bike the 1.1 is hard to beat. And the "real" price is $1299. While you get Oval crankset, it has Praxis chainrings which are certainly an upgrade

Fuji Roubaix 1.1 Road Bike - 2016
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For a alumium racing bike the 1.1 is hard to beat. And the "real" price is $1299. While you get Oval crankset, it has Praxis chainrings which are certainly an upgrade

Fuji Roubaix 1.1 Road Bike - 2016
I have Oval cranks and the Praxis rings with 105 on my CX bike. Very good shifting.
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Originally Posted by therh
What are your favorite aluminium bikes with Shimano 105 and $1,500 or less (shifters, front and rear derailleurs)?

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Lots of good suggestions here. If none of them work out consider building up a 105 bike yourself. The entire 5800 groupset can be had for $350 from UK online retailers and decent wheelsets for $150-250 leaving you close to $1000 for a frame + sundries.
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+1 on the Felt Z85. My son has one, and it's a great bike. Less than $1000, too.
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Here's an aluminum bike with 105 and Hy/Rd disc brakes for 1,000 ($100 gift if you have/join Team Performance). Yeah, color is loud but you will not find another bike with 105 and Hy/Rd brakes for that price. It's a STEAL if you want aluminum and don't mind the color. It's $300 more if you want it in silver.
GT Grade Alloy 105 Road Bike - 2016
I didn't need to see that....I'm already in an N+0 situation, but that is really too tempting...
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Originally Posted by speedyb
Don't have one, but would like to see a reply about Ridley
Performance has some great prices on Ridley bikes right now. They have a Carbon Ridley with Ultegra for the OP's pricepoint.

To answer the OP, though....

Alloy with 105 5800 for $999

Ridley Fenix AL Shimano 105 Road Bike -- 2016 Performance Exclusive

Alloy with Ultegra for $1149

Ridley Fenix AL Shimano Ultegra Road Bike -- 2016 Performance Exclusive
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Originally Posted by Inpd
Lots of good suggestions here. If none of them work out consider building up a 105 bike yourself. The entire 5800 groupset can be had for $350 from UK online retailers and decent wheelsets for $150-250 leaving you close to $1000 for a frame + sundries.
If you were going to build I would strongly suggest:

https://www.merlincycles.com/kinesis...rbdBoCbufw_wcB


Get Vuelta Corsa lites and you have about $300 left for bars, stem, seatpost, bar tape, saddle, pedals, tires and tubes.
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Originally Posted by rms13
If you were going to build I would strongly suggest:

https://www.merlincycles.com/kinesis...rbdBoCbufw_wcB
Get the frameset for this feature " ‘Anti Gravity’ seat tube" what the hell is an anti-gravity seat tube.
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I would get one of these,
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Originally Posted by rms13
If you were going to build I would strongly suggest:

https://www.merlincycles.com/kinesis...rbdBoCbufw_wcB


Get Vuelta Corsa lites and you have about $300 left for bars, stem, seatpost, bar tape, saddle, pedals, tires and tubes.
That would also be my suggestion, although the 4S frame might be a better option if crits are not in the plans.
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Originally Posted by gsa103
I didn't need to see that....I'm already in an N+0 situation, but that is really too tempting...
Yeah... I almost impulse bought that one. But already I bought 2 bikes this year.Insane deal, especially considering its a 2016 available in every size. It's funny though, you can't find it on their site through browsing unless you specifically search "GT Grade" in their search bar. Maybe it isn't supposed to be there; price mistake perhaps
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The Felt F75, is quite nice. Curious, what is the difference advantages/disadvantages with a clamp on derailleur?
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I once owned a 2011 F75. If I were to build up a bike, a braze on with an adaptor would be the ticket I would guess in terms.s of mass producing a clamp on would go a little quicker in producing the complete bike. I keep thinking I should sell my Tarmac and get another F75, it was a really nice riding aluminum frame.

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Originally Posted by PepeM
That would also be my suggestion, although the 4S frame might be a better option if crits are not in the plans.
Or are over 14 stone or 196 lbs like me. The 4S is cheaper and looks good. Not sure why the weight limit unless the downtube (and some others) is paper thin version of their custom 6000 series aluminum? I noticed that the cable bosses were moved to the head tube from the down tube. So its got to be pretty thin...
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Or are over 14 stone or 196 lbs like me. The 4S is cheaper and looks good. Not sure why the weight limit unless the downtube (and some others) is paper thin version of their custom 6000 series aluminum? I noticed that the cable bosses were moved to the head tube from the down tube. So its got to be pretty thin...
Oh yes, forgot about the whole weight limit thing. I guess that should be considered too.

If we're going to be recommending framesets, then Bowman and Mason have to be considered.
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Originally Posted by therh
The Felt F75, is quite nice. Curious, what is the difference advantages/disadvantages with a clamp on derailleur?
Easier for the manufacturer to make. Also don't have to worry about derailleur braze-on and/or seat tube failure. Another guy in a different BF thread mentioned that this happened to him on an old Canondale 3.0 frame. So its possible...
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Originally Posted by PepeM
Oh yes, forgot about the whole weight limit thing. I guess that should be considered too.

If we're going to be recommending framesets, then Bowman and Mason have to be considered.
It's hard to get Bowmans, Canyons, and many other UK bikes in the US. You'd have to special order the frame set from the UK and then build it up yourself at which point you're paying a lot of money.
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Originally Posted by rms13
That one is around $2000 not $1200. $1300 gets you partial 105 and spyre mechanical discs. Still not bad at that price if you want a gravel type bike
It's $1200 from Diamondback. It's $900 for the 105 model with the same wheels and mech discs
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I know this may stir things up, but am I the only one who thinks a road bike should only have rim brakes?
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I know this may stir things up, but am I the only one who thinks a road bike should only have rim brakes?
Discs are UCI legal now. They provide far superior performance and modulation in bad weather and on wheels with carbon brake tracks. No chance of expensive carbon rim damage from grit stuck in pads either. Only downside is a bit more weight and tiny bit less aero. Not enough to be of any significance. Embrace change
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The Giant TCR SLR 2 is aluminum with 105 components. It's listed as $1,800 CAD so depending on your country and LBS pricing, it might fit your budget.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Fuji Roubaix 1.3 is $1260 msrp

Fuji Bikes | ROAD | COMPETITON SERIES | ROUBAIX 1.3

For $100 more, you can go with the Roubaix 1.1 which adds Ultegra shifters and RD.

Fuji Sportif with 105 is only $999 at Performance Bikes.

At PB, you can get the Fuji Roubaix 1.1 for $1299.

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