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Fuji Roubaix 1.5 used or Giant TCR SL2 105

Old 04-07-19, 09:47 AM
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Fuji Roubaix 1.5 used or Giant TCR SL2 105

Hi all, just in a bit of dilemma atm. Currenty Iím riding a Tern Verge P9 folding bike with 9 spd Sora Groupset and I think Iím hitting the wall; so far Iíve not been able to break 28kph av speed, be it over 30km, 50km. In fact I begin to get tired after 40km and drop to 26kph average once I ride over 50km distance.

The issue is my usual group of friends are now riding Giant TCR SL2 105 and a Trek Emonda and they seem to have it easy to drop me or go the distance. They are posting 28-30kph averages and telling me I will surpass them once Iím on a road bike.

Due to budget concerns Iím looking at a very lightly used 2017 Fuji Roubaix 1.5 with Tiagra Groupset for $1000 (he may let go for $800 Singapore dollars I hope). I plan to change that to either Ultegra 6800 or the 105 R7000 Groupset. Or should I leave the Tiagra 10 spd and spend on changing to a lighter rolling wheel set That will bring it up to total cost of $1200. Which in your experience brings more benefit, Tiagra to 105 or original wheelset to say Mavic Cosmic?

my question is also is buying the Fuji and upgrading worth it or should I hold out for a brand new Giant TCR SL2 which I think I can get for $1600-1800?
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Old 04-07-19, 04:32 PM
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In my experience, having good wheels is better than having a good groupset. I had Tiagra 4700 and it was like a heavier 10 speed version of 105 5800.
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Old 04-07-19, 06:27 PM
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Pretty sure you can buy a brand new Fuji Roubaix 1.5 for under $1,000. Try to get the Fuji for $650 or $700 and throw on some Ultregra wheels for another $300 or so and you have a serviceable ride for $1k.
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Ok thanks, this was exactly the answer borne from experience I was hoping for.
I'll try to get that bike as cheaply as I can while budgeting for a wheelset upgrade in the near future..off to check if it fits and do some bargaining then.
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Old 04-08-19, 08:57 AM
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Fuji Roubaix

You can get a new Roubaix for cheaper.
I own a 1.0 and I love it. Some people hate them, because they are Fuji. Let them hate.
Check out Bikeshopewarehouse. They have Roubaixís on there for good value.
I wouldnít pay that much for a used one. Mine is full Ultegra 6800 and I paid $1050 for a 2017 model.

link for a 2019 1.5 for $1050 brand new. If you call they will give you a better price too. Other bikes on there as well.

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Old 05-02-19, 07:56 AM
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Hey guys guess what. I got the Fuji. It rides great! Really lightweight bike. Got it for 600 in the end and it was in almost new condition.
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Hey guys guess what. I got the Fuji. It rides great! Really lightweight bike. Got it for 600 in the end and it was in almost new condition.
Congrats!! Love my Fuji!
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Thanks! Basically full bike weight is 8.9kg with pedals. Guy who sold it was cool, threw in the basic bike computer and shimano cleat pedals, didnt want to take it back at all.

Bike spec as follows:
Tiagra 10 spd rd with a Sunrace 11-28 cassette( was a bit disappointed hoping it was a shimano cassette)
Tiagra fd Oval concepts hollow crankset with praxisworks lightweight chainrings 36/52T
Tiagra brakes and brifters.
Everything else as it says on the tin, oval concepts stem, bar, seatpost, saddle.
Wheelset is surprisingly ok-1700g ish for oem stuff.

Where is a good/most efficient/budget conscious way to start dropping weight?
I'd be happy with a drop to 8kg to start with; initially i thought i needed to swap out the wheelset and the tiagra group for 105's now looking at the bike componentry im not so sure thats the correct sequence.
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Thanks! Basically full bike weight is 8.9kg with pedals. Guy who sold it was cool, threw in the basic bike computer and shimano cleat pedals, didnt want to take it back at all.

Bike spec as follows:
Tiagra 10 spd rd with a Sunrace 11-28 cassette( was a bit disappointed hoping it was a shimano cassette)
Tiagra fd Oval concepts hollow crankset with praxisworks lightweight chainrings 36/52T
Tiagra brakes and brifters.
Everything else as it says on the tin, oval concepts stem, bar, seatpost, saddle.
Wheelset is surprisingly ok-1700g ish for oem stuff.

Where is a good/most efficient/budget conscious way to start dropping weight?
I'd be happy with a drop to 8kg to start with; initially i thought i needed to swap out the wheelset and the tiagra group for 105's now looking at the bike componentry im not so sure thats the correct sequence.
Def some weight savings swapping out the Oval components, I dropped over 300g changing the bars and saddle to carbon (seatpost on the Transonic is already carbon, and is proprietary, so I'm stuck with it lol). I was also expecting the stock wheels to be heavier, but was still able to drop about 400g with a set of wheels and better tires/tubes. Overall I'm down to 7.6kg, but mine was a lil lighter than your Roubaix to start. Not super weight weenie, but I'm happy with it!
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Ride it like you stole it 🚴*♂️💨

Originally Posted by spikyone View Post
Hey guys guess what. I got the Fuji. It rides great! Really lightweight bike. Got it for 600 in the end and it was in almost new condition.
Enjoy your Fuji! I love my Roubaix. At $600, it was a good buy.
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I tried..but im confused now

So I've been riding this bike for a few times already and did a bike fitting too. Looking to do a team 100km challenge and I've gone through the electronics thread here and reviews everywhere else, youtube and have come to one conclusion-WHY IS FINDING A NO FRILLS BIKE COMPUTER SO HARD?

I hv a basic one no audio from China which came with the bike but I'm looking for a slightly more advanced one (read budget) which can do this:
  1. Standalone but can upload to phone later so I don't have to run strava realtime for the whole ride
  2. can program max speed and minimum speed which has audible alert if i drop below/go above set speed
  3. can program timer alert to switch during riding paceline so i dont have to keep counting 30s all the time
  4. Don't need gps turn by turn navigation
The programmable speed alerts are so that i can train to ride specific range of speed and also when riding paceline it alerts me when to switch up.

I've watched/read Bryton/Cateye/Garmin reviews and none of them csn tell
me Outright whether it has these basic functions im looking for..instead they harp on about ANT+ capability/GPS ability/power meter capability. Anyone has realtimeexperience I can draw upon? I'd be happy with a generic Amazon computer if it had what I wanted.
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