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What bike should I get for my budget?

Old 07-22-02, 11:30 PM
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What bike should I get for my budget?

I have $4000, I am looking at the Cannondale's bikes (like the team bikes which are probably a bit over that budget), any other brands you peeps suggest I look at?thank you in advance!
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I rode a Cannondale for several years and I loved it, so please don't think that this is a slam. You can get a better bike for 4,000 than a Cannondale. What type of riding are you going to do? How big are you? Are you competitive or do you want do distances? Hills? Are you a sprinter? Centuries? Doubles (animal!)? Touring?
I have a Cinelli. It makes me climb. It listens to the voices in my head that say,"jump out of the seat and shred this hill". What do the voices in your head say?
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Litespeed Vortex + Campy Record...eer..no

$4000 cdn won't cover that I think heh

Seriously though, $4000 is a significant amount of money (for some of us at least - especially me the poor student) so I think you should do a LOT of research and narrowing down based on your interests/intentions etc before you do anything!

Good luck.
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You have $4000 to spend and you are asking someone else?? HaHaHa
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Originally posted by pokey
You have $4000 to spend and you are asking someone else?? HaHaHa
Precisely what I was thinking....
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colnago c-40? mmmm... carbon fiber...
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Buy a used TREK1000 and donate the remaining $3500 to my wifes favorite charity>>>>>>>ME<<<<<<!!!!!
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Beefcake.....

I recently bought an Airborne Zeppelin - Ultegra components. The adage about spending more gets you less is true. The difference between a $500 bike and $1000 bike is HUGE. The difference between a $2200 bike (like mine) and a $4000 bike is not so great.

For $2000 to $2500 you can get a fabulous bike.....so look first in that category......then throw a big party.....or buy another bike.....or get married....or get divorced.....or send $1500 to me via PayPal and I will figure out something to do with it.

In the meantime visit Airborne at https://www.airborne.net . You can configure the bike you want online.....and drooling is permitted.

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Originally posted by RacerX
what's that saying about money and brains? Having too much of one and not the other...something like that.
Nice to have the money and I think seeking advice of bikes to look at is a very good idea.
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Go to a good LBS,
Get a proper fitting if your gonna spend that kind
of scratch. Then look at Serotta, Seven,
Litespeed etc. At the $4k range you should be looking
at custom fit.
Also check out Rivendell, Sachs etc.
Serotta has some closeouts on their website
very good prices for exceptional frames.

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From what I can tell, the returns in terms of performance and quality really begin to diminish when spending more than $2,500 to $2,700. I'm looking myself and have recently come to this conlcusion. Do you folks agree?

By the way, he's talking about Canadian Dollars which are worth about 62 cents. His C$4,000 is worth about $2,500. Would any of your answers change if his question was "I've got $2,500, what bike should I get"
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for $ 2,500 US...right now...(personal preference)...I would buy

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If I had $4K to spend on cycling, I think I'd end up with 4 bikes.

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Originally posted by memphisjim
From what I can tell, the returns in terms of performance and quality really begin to diminish when spending more than $2,500 to $2,700. I'm looking myself and have recently come to this conlcusion.
I beg to differ with this thought.
For $2.5k and up you are in the realm of custom builders,
custom fit, small operations that really define what quality
and performance is in a frame (not to say that less than $2.5k
is not quality). You begin to hear Rivendell, Serotta, Kellogg (Spectrum) etc.
For a cool 4K you can talk about the zenith
in North American frames, that would be Richard Sachs.
I have no idea what an Eisentraut would run but you can't
get any better, he taught them all.
$2.5 would also be in line for litespeed, they were ridden
by team Lotto in TdF this year, I would guess they kinda
stress performance

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