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Old 12-11-05, 02:33 PM
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Whats your opinion?

I have ridden a cannondale for a long time and am looking at upgrading to a new bike. I do some group rides and mostly rec rides with my dad. Rides are usually 20-40mi long with a pace of about 15-20mph. I want a bike that has a carbon fork, which is pretty common now, and would like carbon rear seatstays. My price range is right around $1000, could go a little higher but not much and will be purchasing around March so I might find some good closeouts, but expecting to pay full price. Also want to go to a LBS, nothing online. Would like some Ultegra, but realize 105 is the mainstay in this price range. I really am looking for a good solid frame I can keep for a long time and upgrade over time.

Here are the three bikes I am looking at so far and want to know your opinions and any others you would suggest based off my selection and my riding above.

Felt F75 ( heard frame flexes a little to much and wheels flex a lot)
Trek 1500 (everyone has one)
Fuji Roubaix ( havent heard to much about this one)

I have done some searching and found good info and opinions on all the bikes but want some specific feedback. Thanks.
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none of the above, check out the Lemond Croix de Fer

$1200, awesome frame, awesome spec, 105 gruppo with (I believe) an Ultegra rear derailleur

hell of a deal at $1200

see if you can find one to ride though--the Lemond's have long top tube


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How are the hills around where you ride. I have a 1500, which is a fine bike. It's nice to have the triple, but if you're in a relatively flat area, probably not necessary. The Al frame will bounce you around a bit if the roads are really bad. You've probably felt the same thing on your Cannondale.

Components on the 1500 are pretty similar to the Croix de Fer. Proportionally, I think Lemonds are about about 1cm longer in the TT, but the frame sizes don't match between Trek and Lemond (both owned by Trek) making this comparison a bit rough.

Downside to getting a Croix de Fer is that you have to write that "Steel is real" in 50% of your posts on this forum.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
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Downside to getting a Croix de Fer is that you have to write that "Steel is real" in 50% of your posts on this forum.

this is a positive, steel is best
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Hills are fairly big and long at times, not SAN FRAN but can be rough. Thought a bit about steel but I think I want to stay AL with some carbon mix. Roads can be pretty rough but most of the riding will be on some amazing new asphalted bike trails so they are pretty smooth. Group rides or longer ones may venture out onto back country roads which often consist of chip 'n seal type pavement. I am really leaning towards the Felt right now but more than open to suggestions. Branks around at LBS are Fuji, Cannondale, Felt, GT, Trek, Giant, LeMond, Schwinn, Pinarello, Specialized if it helps any.
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