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Steel Entry Level around $700?

Old 02-12-07, 07:59 PM
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Steel Entry Level around $700?

I've finally convinced my dad to get a bike and help him find one, but don't keep up with the market at all. Anyone got any recommendations for a steel not too aggressive road bike around or under $700. Likewise any frames of interest for a build up of reasonable price? I like what I saw of Surly's Crosscheck, but like I said, I don't really keep up with the market and would rather get some opinions.
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Soma Smoothie frames can be had for cheap.

edit..or a Bianchi Brava.
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Yeah, the Bianchi Brava springs to mind. Pretty solid ride, if you ask me.

Otherwise, check the local Craigslist if you've got a fairly active one. Plenty of stellar used deals to be had for there.

edit: Oh wait, what am I thinking? I've got a Bianchi Veloce frame (55 cm) for sale (see the sig). Your dad can have it for $200 - see if that works. It's a great frame if you're thinking of building up a bike. If he's around 5'7" to 5'11"ish I'm pretty sure it'll fit well.
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my friend once got a near spanking new 2004 De Rosa Neo Primato for just $650 off ebay.
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Jamis Satellite.
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I picked up a three year old lemond zurich for a little over 700 on ebay. I love it.
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soma now has lugged frames:



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Hmmm, interesting drain hole design...........



Only $795 for the frame and fork
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Somas are shiny and pretty and I want to touch them and pet them but not too hard like the bunnies.
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I second the Jamis satellite. I have been riding this bike for two years. Its a smooth ride and a great beginner bike.
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There's a sticky thread on sub $700 bikes.
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