Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Indecisive buyer for first bike...

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Indecisive buyer for first bike...

Old 04-20-20, 12:26 PM
  #1  
kathyvee
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Indecisive buyer for first bike...

Been going back and forth on what bike to buy and I can use some help (please) in narrowing down one. I'm looking for a bike I can ride around the city/neighborhood and log some distance miles when I work up to it. My company gets a discount with Diamondback and Raleigh so I narrowed some bikes within my price range (under $900 before taxes). What do you guys thinks?

Diamondback Arden 2- Original $950, discounted $749.99
Diamondback Haanjenn 3 - Original $1000, discounted $850
Diamondback Century 2 - Original $1000, discounted $850
Raleigh Merit 2 - Original $980, discounted $784
Raleigh Revere 3 - Original $1150, discounted $899.99

I'm also open to other brands within my price range if there are better ones out there. Thanks for reading!
kathyvee is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 01:11 PM
  #2  
Iride01 
MotuekaCascadeChinook
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,512

Bikes: Tarmac Disc Comp Di2 - 2020

Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4679 Post(s)
Liked 3,174 Times in 2,214 Posts
The Raleigh Revere was the one with the better groupset. 11 speeds on the rear trumps 9 speed, IMO And just looking, All the bikes seemed very similar in Geometry. So they'll fit pretty much the same if you get the correct size.

Have you considered Giant, Specialized, Cannondale or Trek? They have Sora 9 speed and Tiagra 10 speeds in your price range. And a few have 105 11 speed rears. Between their different models, geometry may vary more, so know what you are getting.

Nothing beats experience, so don't wait too long to start getting experience. Don't blow your budget and finances on your first bike. You'll want another at some point in your riding life.

Last edited by Iride01; 04-20-20 at 01:15 PM.
Iride01 is online now  
Old 04-20-20, 01:44 PM
  #3  
kathyvee
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
The Raleigh Revere was the one with the better groupset. 11 speeds on the rear trumps 9 speed, IMO And just looking, All the bikes seemed very similar in Geometry. So they'll fit pretty much the same if you get the correct size.

Have you considered Giant, Specialized, Cannondale or Trek? They have Sora 9 speed and Tiagra 10 speeds in your price range. And a few have 105 11 speed rears. Between their different models, geometry may vary more, so know what you are getting.

Nothing beats experience, so don't wait too long to start getting experience. Don't blow your budget and finances on your first bike. You'll want another at some point in your riding life.
I have looked into those brands but most of the bikes are claris 8 speed. I assume a 9 is better than 8? I read that 8 speed are getting phased out, if that's not case I can spend less money lol
kathyvee is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 02:44 PM
  #4  
Iride01 
MotuekaCascadeChinook
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,512

Bikes: Tarmac Disc Comp Di2 - 2020

Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4679 Post(s)
Liked 3,174 Times in 2,214 Posts
Originally Posted by kathyvee View Post
I have looked into those brands but most of the bikes are claris 8 speed. I assume a 9 is better than 8? I read that 8 speed are getting phased out, if that's not case I can spend less money lol
I saw some Tiagra 10 speeds in your price range at Giant and Specialized.... I think. For what ever reason, they make it a learning experience to use their search engines on their sites. So you have to learn the peculiarity of each site. Don't forget to look in the sale items, because on some, I don't think they included them in a normal search. Also, some have a large inventory of 2019 and 2018 models, but I had to do special searches to find them.

Personally, I don't think there is any reason to sex a bicycle as men's or women's , so don't just look at one gender.

Last edited by Iride01; 04-20-20 at 02:47 PM.
Iride01 is online now  
Old 04-20-20, 03:21 PM
  #5  
kathyvee
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
I saw some Tiagra 10 speeds in your price range at Giant and Specialized.... I think. For what ever reason, they make it a learning experience to use their search engines on their sites. So you have to learn the peculiarity of each site. Don't forget to look in the sale items, because on some, I don't think they included them in a normal search. Also, some have a large inventory of 2019 and 2018 models, but I had to do special searches to find them.

Personally, I don't think there is any reason to sex a bicycle as men's or women's , so don't just look at one gender.
Thank you for the tips!!
kathyvee is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 03:48 PM
  #6  
N00b_Cyclist
Destroyer of Worlds
 
N00b_Cyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Posts: 162

Bikes: Trek Domane SLR "Molten Marble"

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by kathyvee View Post
I have looked into those brands but most of the bikes are claris 8 speed. I assume a 9 is better than 8? I read that 8 speed are getting phased out, if that's not case I can spend less money lol
For what it's worth...generally speaking, "9 is better than 8". For one, it gives you more options when climbing and such...but it also (often) represents a step up in "tier" of groupsets, and subsequently, components. Claris, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace...with the last 3 all being 11 speed cassettes.

As stated by previous poster, do some digging around online. There are deals to be had. Unfortunately, these deals come and go....quickly.

There are a few websites that will consolidate online deals for you. I won't link the sites, but Cycling Weekly and Bike Radar both have pages where they link the latest and greatest sales. You can also just use Google to create an alert for anything relating to bikes and sales and your price range...if you'd want to do it that way.

Take your time choosing now, so you don't have buyers remorse later! Happy shopping!
N00b_Cyclist is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 04:40 PM
  #7  
Bah Humbug
serious cyclist
 
Bah Humbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 18,513

Bikes: S1, R2, P2

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7643 Post(s)
Liked 2,645 Times in 1,390 Posts
Hand-wringing about bike purchases is a common pastime here. The only one more popular is buying first and then asking if you got a good deal.
Bah Humbug is offline  
Likes For Bah Humbug:
Old 04-20-20, 11:41 PM
  #8  
guadzilla
Pointy Helmet Tribe
 
guadzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Offthebackistan
Posts: 4,334

Bikes: Venge, Shiv, Factor LS

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Liked 626 Times in 294 Posts
Originally Posted by kathyvee View Post
Been going back and forth on what bike to buy and I can use some help (please) in narrowing down one. I'm looking for a bike I can ride around the city/neighborhood and log some distance miles when I work up to it. My company gets a discount with Diamondback and Raleigh so I narrowed some bikes within my price range (under $900 before taxes). What do you guys thinks?

Diamondback Arden 2- Original $950, discounted $749.99
Diamondback Haanjenn 3 - Original $1000, discounted $850
Diamondback Century 2 - Original $1000, discounted $850
Raleigh Merit 2 - Original $980, discounted $784
Raleigh Revere 3 - Original $1150, discounted $899.99

I'm also open to other brands within my price range if there are better ones out there. Thanks for reading!
Without knowing much of the specifics of those bikes, I can offer a couple of suggestions:

- In general, at the entry level of road bikes, if you can up your budget and get a model that is atleast 1 level above (if not 2) from the absolutely entry-level model, you will get something that will scale up more as your interests develop

- at this point, you arent going to get a bike that is radically better than another. Most are going to be fairly comparable with small differences. So I wouldnt fuss too much. If you are starting out, find a bike shop which is friendly, willing to help you find the right sized bike (ie, they have you sit on the bike and eyeball it, and dont make you straddle the top tube) and which is willing to spend a few minutes atleast setting the bike up for you after the purchase (I have a thread ongoing right now about my friend's less-than-stellar experience buying a new bike). It should be a place where you feel comfortable asking for advice and knowing that you'll get answers that work best for you - a place which will support you as you develop as a rider.

- If you are still stuck trying to decide, buy the color you like the best. For real. So far, every road bike bar that I have purchased, I have bought has based on the color scheme (ok, a little more went into creating the shortlist to purchase, but once i was down to a few candidates, color uber alles. Black is aero, white is light and red is fastest. #fact ). A bike that excites you is a bike that you are going to want to ride a lot.
guadzilla is offline  
Old 04-21-20, 08:07 AM
  #9  
blakcloud
Senior Member
 
blakcloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,581
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 602 Post(s)
Liked 339 Times in 218 Posts
They are all good bikes, though I would agree that the Revere 3 is what I would choose. The main reason, 11 speed Shimano 105 groupset. Not just because it is 11 speed but the quality of 105 make it worth it. The one I wouldn't buy is the Century 2 and only because the yellow colour is hideous. Yes, colour matters (well at least to me).

The only other advice, don't fall into bike buying paralysis. Don't overthink it, it's just a bike. One bike is going to stand out for you and that is the one that you choose.

Good luck with your decision and let us know what that decision is when you do purchase it.
blakcloud is offline  
Old 04-21-20, 09:12 AM
  #10  
eduskator
Senior Member
 
eduskator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Québec, Canada
Posts: 1,287

Bikes: TCR Pro, Revolt Adv

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 539 Post(s)
Liked 320 Times in 244 Posts
Aside from the groupset, I believe color is a really important thing to consider. An inexperienced cyclist does not think about that when buying its first bike, but keep in mind that the only thing you see except the road when you are on your bike IS your bike's bars and its big top tube, especially when you're climbing a hill, exhausted and breathless with your head down concentrating on getting to the top and not giving up lol. If you don't like the color, you won't like your ride, that's my 2 cent.

Last edited by eduskator; 04-21-20 at 12:33 PM.
eduskator is offline  
Old 04-21-20, 12:32 PM
  #11  
ABQIan
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 19

Bikes: Lynskey R230, Bianchi Vigorelli, Jamis Dragonslayer, Surly Cross Check, EAI Bareknuckle

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I agree with the sentiment that you should want to ride the bike when you look at it. If you catch the cycling bug, this won't be your last ride!
ABQIan is offline  
Old 04-22-20, 04:54 AM
  #12  
Bah Humbug
serious cyclist
 
Bah Humbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 18,513

Bikes: S1, R2, P2

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7643 Post(s)
Liked 2,645 Times in 1,390 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
The Raleigh Revere was the one with the better groupset. 11 speeds on the rear trumps 9 speed, IMO And just looking, All the bikes seemed very similar in Geometry. So they'll fit pretty much the same if you get the correct size.

Have you considered Giant, Specialized, Cannondale or Trek? They have Sora 9 speed and Tiagra 10 speeds in your price range. And a few have 105 11 speed rears. Between their different models, geometry may vary more, so know what you are getting.

Nothing beats experience, so don't wait too long to start getting experience. Don't blow your budget and finances on your first bike. You'll want another at some point in your riding life.
Not just that 11 is better than 9, but 11 will have better compatibility with possible future bikes and will have parts available for the longest. That makes the Revere3 the easy choice here, to me.
Bah Humbug is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.