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Competitive Cyclist--good place to buy a bike?

I'm pondering buying a bike from Competitive Cyclist in the next month or so (God and finances willing) and I was wondering how many of you have bought a bike from them. My impression from reading all their FAQ's is quite good, but I don't know anyone who's actually bought from them.

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Though I have no personal experience, the general feeling is that their service is very good and their prices are in line with the level of quality products they sell. Same goes for wrenchscience. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to deal with either of these 2 and if you can get what you want on sale, all the better.

What are you looking at?

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Dr P, I've been to their Little Rock show room and I was quite impressed. They are more than willing to work with you, and their experience is top notch. If I'm in the market for the brands they sell, I would more than likely buy from them. This based on my interaction with them.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
What are you looking at?

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I'll preface this by saying this bike is going to be my "be extravagant while you're young enough to ride hard and you don't have kids yet" bike.

I think it's narrowed down to two-- The BMC Pro Machine and the Pinarello Paris Carbon. I think the BMC is still in the lead, but it's awfully close.

The rest of the bike:
Group: '07 Chorus
Wheels: Powertap SL 2.4/DT Swiss 240s with DT RR 1.1 rims and Michelin Pro2 Race tires,
Bars/Stem: Oval Concepts
Pedals: Look Keo Carbon
Cages: Tacx Tao Carbon
Post: Included (Easton EC90 for the BMC, Pinarello MoST for the Paris Carbon)

As configured, the BMC comes in at 15.1lb ready to ride, with powertap, cages, pedals, everything. The Paris Carbon, with the same setup, comes in at an obese 15.45.
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Originally Posted by laduckslayer
Dr P, I've been to their Little Rock show room and I was quite impressed. They are more than willing to work with you, and their experience is top notch. If I'm in the market for the brands they sell, I would more than likely buy from them. This based on my interaction with them.
Good to know. I don't think there are any BMC dealers near me, and Pinarello is pretty tough to find anywhere too. In any case, nobody knows much about either brand around here. Either way, if the frame ends up being the wrong size or whatever I'll be stuck waiting for a replacement because there's no LBS that stocks either bike I'm looking at. Glad to hear that CC left a good impression.
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Sounds like some nice choices. Hope God and finances allow it. "Obese" at sub-15.5 pounds, huh? I wonder if my Cervelo R3 is obese. Haven't weighed her yet.
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Originally Posted by jschen
Sounds like some nice choices. Hope God and finances allow it. "Obese" at sub-15.5 pounds, huh? I wonder if my Cervelo R3 is obese. Haven't weighed her yet.
When the other bike you're comparing to is the Pro Machine, lots of bikes look heavy.

Just for laughs, I parted out a Full Record Pro Machine with an SRM carbon powermeter and Lightweight Standard wheels, and it came in at like 12.6lb and $13,000.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm pondering buying a bike from Competitive Cyclist in the next month or so (God and finances willing) and I was wondering how many of you have bought a bike from them. My impression from reading all their FAQ's is quite good, but I don't know anyone who's actually bought from them.

Any thoughts?
do it, they're great

I've bought tons of stuff from them. there's certain things I'll buy anywhere, but when you need to be sure of something (warranty, support, quick shipping, etc) they're the way to go.

I've never dealt with the owner (brendan quirk), but I've only heard good stuff--and the folks I've dealt with over the phone have been fantastic. they truly wanna be the best, and will bend over backwards for their customers.

checkout their writeups at http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=WHATS_NEW (btw, they're equally frank over the phone)

I'm not shopping for a new bike, but when I do it'll be a pegoretti from them

good luck, and get the paris
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'll preface this by saying this bike is going to be my "be extravagant while you're young enough to ride hard and you don't have kids yet" bike.
Take heart, for that will evolve into a "extravagant while you can still ride fairly well, regardless of other distractions and obligations" bike sometime down the road.

For Pinarello, check also with Gitabike as they are the main US distibutor.
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i think there is a BMC dealer in maryland near DC. At least I saw someone advertise it recently. I want to say it was the bicycle place but i dont remember seeing any there.

congrats on the campy

your not going to race this thing are you?
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Originally Posted by riskus
your not going to race this thing are you?
What the hell else would I do with it? Even my racing will be an insult to either bike.

Owning either bike will make me want to train till my legs fall off, and that's what it's all about. The powertap is the one practical thing toward that end.

I think you're right-Bicycle Place can get them, but they were still special order only last time I checked.
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id be too nervous of crashing and trashing a nice bike like that
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id be too nervous of crashing and trashing a nice bike like that
Yeah, but it's born to be raced. Otherwise there's no point.

Ask me again if I ever break the frame and I have to buy a new one.
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Get an SRM instead of a Powertap, and then throw on a nice set of Reynolds Stratus DV carbon wheels
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I bought my Pro Machine from CC. They really are a quality outfit. You can call up anytime and talk to someone knowledgable about all things high end road bike, which is quite helpful in sorting out your myriad of choices. They are always professional, friendly and helpful. They also have the full gamut of high end components and accessories available, not just what your LBS might happen to stock. Lastly, CC often has the scarce high demand stuff (eg Pro Machine frames, 2007 Campy), more and sooner than anyone else.

The weight calculator is helpful for comparing components, however it is optimistic. Landis's BMC with Powertap weighed a few grams over the UCI limit.

My BMC is great, I don't know how it might compare with other bikes, but if you get one you won't be wondering either.

CC has a killer deal on K-Swords, which I can attest look and feel great on a Pro Machine (or anything else).
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Dr. Pete,

If you want to see both bikes in person, you could travel to Philly (130 miles) to two shops. Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers & Bikes By Kyle. Cadence has the BMC's in stock and Bikes By Kyle have the Pinarello's. (I've been to both and touched them.)

http://www.cadencecycling.com/ ,http://www.bikyle.com/

Both high end shops and Cadence is set up like an Armani boutique.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'll preface this by saying this bike is going to be my "be extravagant while you're young enough to ride hard and you don't have kids yet" bike.
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What the hell else would I do with it? Even my racing will be an insult to either bike.
Hey DrPete,

My view on extravagence is more like enjoy it while I'm alive.

I also agree with your philosophy of racing a high end bike. I have never quite understood the race a beater bike and train on a good bike. My training bike gets more wear than my race bike and if I am always worrying about crashing or assuming that I will crash, then I shouldn't be racing. I know that s### happens but it also happens while you're training.

I am also looking at the BMC for my next bike. I just got an '06 Record group that I'll be saving until sometime next summer. For reference, I'm also looking at the Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Orbea Opal, and a Serotta Ottrott. YMMV and heck, you only live once (Hindus excepted).
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hey, docPete, whichever way you decide to go, be sure and post the final decision here. i, too, have been seriously considering a paris carbon lately. if you decide to go that route, i'd love to hear what you think of it. and, as mentioned in an earlier post, i'm hearing good stuff about the orbea opal right now, too

and whichever you get, race it. you don't buy a thoroughbred and make it plow the north forty. work your legs off, then take 'er to the starting line; do the bike justice.

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Originally Posted by DrPete
Yeah, but it's born to be raced. Otherwise there's no point.

Ask me again if I ever break the frame and I have to buy a new one.
Hey how come you are on here posting? I thought you were getting married soon and off to a honeymoon in france???
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It's next weekend, and contemplating my wedding present to myself is a great way to step back from the stress...
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Originally Posted by DrPete
It's next weekend, and contemplating my wedding present to myself is a great way to step back from the stress...
I'll make a mental note of that for someday if/when I'm getting married. "Stressed out? Spec out new uber-bike! Prescription from DrPete." Thanks dude!

By the way, congrats.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
It's next weekend, and contemplating my wedding present to myself is a great way to step back from the stress...
oh yeah...that's right...new bike will make you fitter, stronger, sexier, and well I will stop there...
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oh yeah...that's right...new bike will make you fitter, stronger, sexier, and well I will stop there...
Fitter/stronger? Probably, because I'll want to ride it at every opportunity, leading to a significant engine upgrade--especially with a new power-based training program.

Sexier? Hopeless. I think one has to reach "sexy" before even trying for "sexier."

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It's next weekend, and contemplating my wedding present to myself is a great way to step back from the stress...

Do they have a wedding registry at CC? I'm sure fellow BFers would chip in for a new tube or water bottle.

I almost forgot, congratulations!
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm pondering buying a bike from Competitive Cyclist in the next month or so (God and finances willing) and I was wondering how many of you have bought a bike from them. My impression from reading all their FAQ's is quite good, but I don't know anyone who's actually bought from them.

Any thoughts?
If I ever win the lotto, I'll get a bike at Competitve Cyclist.
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