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$700 fuji finest vs $600-ish entry bike?

Old 07-07-05, 07:19 PM
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$700 fuji finest vs $600-ish entry bike?

Hey all, this is my first post in the forum. I am looking to acquire an entry level road bike, and I have a conundrum.

I found a fuji finest for around $700, which I test drove and loved, but it is a little more bike than I planned on buying. My question is: should I splurge and get the fuji or should I stick to my budget?

If it matters, the bikes in the running are: the Giant OCR 3 $600, the Trek 1000 $625, the Specialized Allez $650, and the Fuji Finest for $770 ($693 with 10% cash back).

Also, I am on a campus, so the chance that my bike will be ransacked by thieves is relatively high.

As a beginner in road biking, I understand that I probably shouldn't commit to an expensive bike early on. I might not take to road biking as much as I thought, or I might get really into it and feel like buying an even more expensive bike to replace my starter. However, that seems like a really good deal on the Fuji.

What is your advice?
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Old 07-07-05, 07:20 PM
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*I meant fuji newest
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Old 07-07-05, 07:24 PM
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do you have a link to the fuji where we can see its details? what is the msrp on the bike?

and have you scoured that $700 bike thread stuck to the top of this forum?
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Old 07-07-05, 07:27 PM
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If there's a chance that something bad will happen to the bike, spend as little money as possible. Why not buy an older used road bike off of ebay or something for $200 or less if you are worried about theives? A bike is only a good deal if you get to keep it and ride it until you choose not to do so anymore. Its not a good deal if you buy it and have it stolen a few weeks later. Choosing to purchase a cheaper bike now allows you to get a bike without having to worry as much, it allows you to get used to road riding, and it allows you to save your money to purchase a better bike in the future.

As far as the bikes you mentioned--bikes in the $600-700 range will all most likely be the same--as in there will be no major differences between one to the other in terms of componentry and build quality. Your priorities in this price range should be fit, ride, and looks. Hope this helps.
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the fuji newest specs:
http://www.fujibikes.com/2005/bikes.asp?id=11#

Thanks for the rapid replies!
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Get what feels best. However, do not let it get trashed in a campus bike rack. Get a $75 beater for that job. Police dept. bike sales are a good place to get beaters.
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http://www.fujibikes.com/2005/bikes.asp?id=11
This is the link for the 2005 Newest MSRP $900

This is the one for the Finest:
http://www.fujibikes.com/2005/bikes.asp?id=12
MSRP $650


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Thanks again, I mis-typed. It is definitely the newest.
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Originally Posted by annethehuman
the fuji newest specs...
nice looking bike. and looks like you're getting a real nice discount off the $900 msrp?

you'll soon get a lot more good advice and input from more knowledgeable people....

you're thinking well: not sure how much you're gonna get into the road biking is giving you pause. but i think just about any bike you mentioned will serve you well for a long time... unless you go real crazy and get into competitive racing, etc., you will get a lot of great, enjoyable miles out of any of them...

keep shopping and researching. maybe one of the bikes you've narrowed it down to will make the decision for you by feeling much more comfortable......

and where you buy might make the difference, too. how you like the shops where you are looking at these different bikes may vary....

also, it looks like you'll be buying clipless pedals/shoes for that fuji, so factor that into the price?
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