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Old 04-18-16, 06:58 PM
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Looking at road bikes

I typically hang on the hybrid forum but taking an interest in road bikes. I enjoy the upright position of a hybrid, I am by no means a speedster, and I don't plan to race. I am mainly a fitness rider who wants to ride longer distance. I have started with the Trek Domane 2.x but understand there are several other brands. What should I take into consideration when looking at road bikes? Any suggestions/recommendations will be appreciated.

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What's your budget?

Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Allez and Cannondale CAAD 12 are all excellent bikes and all under $2000.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
What's your budget?

Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Allez and Cannondale CAAD 12 are all excellent bikes and all under $2000.
A tad less than that. My understanding is that the Emondo is more of a race bike, where the Domane is more endurance and offers more of an upright ride. Love the Specialized Allez series and will take a look. Cannondale Synapse also looks interesting.
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Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
A tad less than that. My understanding is that the Emondo is more of a race bike, where the Domane is more endurance and offers more of an upright ride. Love the Specialized Allez series and will take a look. Cannondale Synapse also looks interesting.
True... The Allez is a "race" geometry also.

You really can't go wrong with any of the major brands in that price range.

I would suggest getting either Shimano 105 or Sram Rival groupsets. The lesser ones are not as good.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
True... The Allez is a "race" geometry also.

You really can't go wrong with any of the major brands in that price range.

I would suggest getting either Shimano 105 or Sram Rival groupsets. The lesser ones are not as good.
Thanks for that bit of info. What about the gear ratio stuff? Also how significant is say 10 speed vs 11 speed?
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What's does your hybrid have?

There are triples (3 chainrings) but i'd suggest a "compact" double (50/34). I'd also get a 11-28 rear cassette. Those are pretty standard these days.

10 vs 11... i'd go 11 unless you get a killer deal on a left over 10 speed.
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Take a look at Performance bike if you have on locally. They typically have some bikes that will give you more for your money if your on a budget
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Just about every major brand has an 'endurance geometry' bike, just ask around and test ride everything you can. I disagree with the attachment to mid-range groups like 105 and rival posted above- even the low end groups like sora and tiagra are great these days (just a little heavier), and 11 speeds is less than necessary. A carbon frame with sora parts can be found for around the same price as an aluminum bike with 105+ parts, and will be a more comfortable ride.
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Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
A carbon frame with sora parts can be found for around the same price as an aluminum bike with 105+ parts, and will be a more comfortable ride.
Personally, i'd rather have a high end alloy frame than a entry level carbon. And 105 is much better than Sora.

105 + high end Alloy > Sora + entry level carbon

Maybe i'm wrong, lets see what others say.

Please get a pre-sales fit to ensure you get the correct size bike.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
What's does your hybrid have?

There are triples (3 chainrings) but i'd suggest a "compact" double (50/34). I'd also get a 11-28 rear cassette. Those are pretty standard these days.

10 vs 11... i'd go 11 unless you get a killer deal on a left over 10 speed.
The Trek 7.4 is a 11-32 9 speed, MTB gearing. I plan on getting a pre-sales fit and don't want to rush. I like the 7.4 but more so I am attracted to pure road.
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Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
Just about every major brand has an 'endurance geometry' bike, just ask around and test ride everything you can. I disagree with the attachment to mid-range groups like 105 and rival posted above- even the low end groups like sora and tiagra are great these days (just a little heavier), and 11 speeds is less than necessary. A carbon frame with sora parts can be found for around the same price as an aluminum bike with 105+ parts, and will be a more comfortable ride.
I am concerned that I might damage a carbon bike, with my luck! 8-). i saw a Scott online with Carbon and Sora but local dealers for Scott are hard to come by.
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I am concerned that I might damage a carbon bike, with my luck! 8-).
Yes, if you crash a carbon bike, it can get damaged.

So don't crash.

Seriously, carbon bikes are fine if you use them as intended, but if you abuse them they can break. Lower end carbon tends to be much thicker and heavier so they can take more abuse than a high end carbon bike.

Trek makes a the Emonda S4 in carbon with Tiagra for $1600 and the Emonds ALR5 in aluminum with 105 for $1400... I rather have the ALR and $200 for extras.
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Carbon fiber is very tough stuff, no more or less prone to damage as a metal one. Like I said, test ride everything
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Coming from a hybrid, I would stay with endurance geometry. The Madone is nice and Specialized has the Diverge model you might want to try. If you aren't in a rush, try some test rides at LBS and see how they feel. If you're spending close to $2,000 it's nice to see for yourself. I also agree with the recommendation of 105 or Rival. I've had lower Shimano groups and didn't like the way they held up.
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You may want to look at Cannondale's Synapse line. They are a comfortable ride and run the price gamut starting at about $1000 US. I have a 2011 and I love it.
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I forgot to mention Cannondale Synapse. That's another good choice. My wife has one and thinks it's perfect.
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Coming from a hybrid, I would stay with endurance geometry. The Madone is nice and Specialized has the Diverge model you might want to try. If you aren't in a rush, try some test rides at LBS and see how they feel. If you're spending close to $2,000 it's nice to see for yourself. I also agree with the recommendation of 105 or Rival. I've had lower Shimano groups and didn't like the way they held up.
Thanks for the info. I do plan on riding and testing various bikes.
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You may want to look at Cannondale's Synapse line. They are a comfortable ride and run the price gamut starting at about $1000 US. I have a 2011 and I love it.
The Synapse does look nice but I will have to check the availability locally.
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Thoughts on Felt?

https://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/201...rance/z85.aspx
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I think a starter may want to look at used. You buy with the idea you are getting started and plan to replace - once you know more.
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I think a starter may want to look at used. You buy with the idea you are getting started and plan to replace - once you know more.
Not a lot of choice in used around here. I will figure it out, a few years of hanging on the hybrid forum helped quite a bit.
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What size bike are you looking for?
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What size bike are you looking for?
52cm
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Felt makes a great bike and the Z series is their endurance geometry. Never ridden one but I have owned an aluminum F75. Great bike I should never have sold it. I now own an F2 carbon bike, not entry level but it's worth it. The aluminum F75 was almost as good as my entry carbon Tarmac. I assume the Z series bikes are about the same.
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Was going to mention the diverge, it's basically a roubaix but more gravel ramble and less cobbled classics. The series starts at $800 and spans alloy and carbon. See if your LBS has any secteurs (alloy roubaix basically) left. They're discontinued so they'd be a steeply discounted bike, and they also share roubaix/diverge geomety. I know we have two in the shop still and would make a deal on them.
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