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Need First "Nice" Bike Advice - $2K for Used "highend" or New "Entry"

Old 02-22-24, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by tai1fob
haha, the only bikes I’ve owned so far are sears, target, and police auction abondoned bikes, and I was originally planning to spend 700 on a “nice/real” bike, but the budget just kept creeping up the more I look into it.
we’ve all been there.

I think I’m a 34” inseam (I take 34” jeans legs if that is any guide, not measured it in recent memory) and this is how high I need my saddle on a Trek 58. This is a Checkpoint (gravel bike that I’ve stuck road tyres on) which has a higher standover than the Domane

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As an FYI I am also 6'2" (188cm) and ride a Defy M/L with 120mm stem and the seat post at max. Very good fit for me.
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Sup my fellow riders, after months long research and endless GCN videos, I’ve got myself a Trek Checkpoint ALR5 56cm. The “progressive” geometry may be too long for people with normal body build, but it’s absolutely perfect for my short legs and long torso.
also, the bike is on sale for 2k from 2.5k, so pretty much got a beefier bike with better components and frame material/build at the same price as Domane AL4.

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Great looking bike! I hope you're riding it today.
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