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Old 07-10-17, 01:28 AM
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First Road Bike!!!!

Hello , ever since i was young i grew up riding bikes from Walmart, now i want to get my first road bike with drop handles, preferably an endurance road bike because of its comfort. I am 6'2 and 190 pounds looking to use this road bike for exercise, mostly on roads, but it has to be able to handle an occasional gravel, but 90% road. I am considering between the Giant Defy, Cannonade Synapse, Specialized Allez E5, Trek 1.2 and Trek Domane. Im also open to any other options around the 1000$-1500$ USD Range. Thanks so much!!!
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Old 07-10-17, 08:25 AM
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All good choices and will probably satisfy the requirements outlined. Make sure they can all accommodate 25mm tires and consider the ability to go to 28mm should your gravel needs increase. I would also look at the components they're spec'd with, finding the best value for the better level components.

Ride as many as you can. I did test rides on 4 different bikes a few years ago when I bought my Roubaix. The Roubaix was the 4th ride and I went into it thinking "I'm not sure I can tell the difference on all these rides" and then found that I could after the first few pedal strokes.
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first observation, Specialized Allez isn't an endurance geometry bike.

secondly, in your price range consider a 1-2yr old used bike. Carbon Roubaix, Domane, Synapse, Defy should be plentiful on the used market with good spec (105 and ultegra groups in your price range if you shop smart).

obviously figure out the appropriate size for you (I'd be looking at 56-58's myself at 6-1, but everyone is different) 'cuz fit matters most.

I ride a carbon synapse w/ rival (bought it 2yr old used for $1000) and use it on unpaved MUP's with 25's, its not ideal, but it works fine once you get comfy with it, I'd rather have 28's but its not a deal breaker for me. the unpaved MUP's here are generally in good shape and in some areas smoother than the damn roads around here, bike just gets dirtier quicker.

good luck!!
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
All good choices and will probably satisfy the requirements outlined. Make sure they can all accommodate 25mm tires and consider the ability to go to 28mm should your gravel needs increase. I would also look at the components they're spec'd with, finding the best value for the better level components.

Ride as many as you can. I did test rides on 4 different bikes a few years ago when I bought my Roubaix. The Roubaix was the 4th ride and I went into it thinking "I'm not sure I can tell the difference on all these rides" and then found that I could after the first few pedal strokes.
+1. This is great advice, above. Get the one you like best! Don't overthink it, get out and ride a lot.
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