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Which bike of these two choices should I buy????

Old 08-11-06, 07:09 PM
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Which bike of these two choices should I buy????

#1- http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane_record.htm

#2- http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/bristol.htm

Or do you know of another choice for someone just starting out with a $500 budget and needs a bike that is 62 cm and up?
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Old 08-11-06, 07:27 PM
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I like them both equally well. Specs are quite similar.
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Does anything give one or the other a slight edge?

Either one of them have a slight edge over the other, because it's gonna be one or the other.
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I have had a Bristol for about 4 months now, and I believe for the money it is a great bike. If you can do a little wrenching it is a very good bike. I have had no problems at all with mine.

If they have it in your size and you can do a little work to assemble it I think it is a great first bike to get started with. Also the white paint is very nice. has a nice pearl in the finish.

good luck
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Old 08-11-06, 08:06 PM
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i have the windsor as well and for the money it is a good bike i have had not one problem. I got it from bikes direct too and they are very good people to go though you get it fast and not alot of assembley.

Good luck & have fun,

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They are the same bike.
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They are the same bike. The frames are made in the same factory, they just have different labels. The components are almost identical with only a couple minor differences. Which one should you buy? Which name do you like better?
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Scratch the paint of both - if one says "Denali" underneath, go with the other one.

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Shimano Sora STI

I've been watching these bikes for some time now. Unfortenetly the "Shimano Sora STI" shifters have me worried. This is probably due to the fact that i really don't know anything about these. Are they those grip shifters on MTB's? Can anyone shed some light on how u brake and shift one of these? My beater can really use a rest, and for the price it might even fly past my wife.
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Sora is the lower end Shimano ROAD STI brake/shifter unit. Decent quality and frequently found on road bikes in this price range.
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Forget those and go with the Scattante.
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