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Need Help, deciding between Fuji Newest 3.0 or Dawes 2100, please read.

Old 03-03-07, 09:24 PM
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Need Help, deciding between Fuji Newest 3.0 or Dawes 2100, please read.

Hello, please excuse my ignorance as a noob, but I need help deciding between a Fuji Newest 3.0 and a Dawes 2100 (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...2100.htm#specs) please, before you pass judgement, this is a sincere question regarding which of the two would be the better buy and not another BD thread. I have read multiple times on this forum everyone's ill feelings about BD, and I would like everyone's sincere opinion on which of the two to purchase. Looking at only the bikes and not who is selling them, which of the two would be best.

My original plan was to get the Fuji Newest 3.0 and later upgrade to shimano 105 drivetrain. The Dawes 2100 already has the Shimano 105s for $200.00 more. Now, in terms of purely cost, I see the value in the Dawes bike. Is the Fuji frame worth the extra money? What other advantages do I get by getting the Fuji and upgrading to Shimano's down the line? The only thing obvious I can see, is the Fuji could have better wheels, I'm new to the biking world so I'm not even sure about that one.

Anyways, I'm looking at doing the purchase in two weeks, so any help and information on this is greatly appreciated
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Hi kman79,

I don't think there will be much difference in the frames. They are both aluminum. Might check around to see if there is a big difference in geometry.

The Dawes also has an FSA crank with external bearings. Can't give you any ideas on the wheels.

Between the two I would go with the Dawes. You'll spend more than $200 upgrading the Fuji to the Dawes spec.

Now for an aside: I'm assuming your budget is <$800. If you have a LBS see if you can find something to actually ride and on clearance. I just save 20% on a Cannondale R800 from last year. Now is when shops clear out for spring.

Good luck,
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You're almost always better off buying a bike with the drivetrain you want rather than buying a lower-spec'ed bike, riding it around a few hundred miles, then swapping stuff out and upgrading. The second option almost always costs more, makes less sense, and comes with (usually) a lower-quality frame to boot.

Between those two choices, I'd go for the Dawes. I personally do not like the Alex DA22 wheels spec'ed on the Dawes, but hey.

(By the way - you ride a 55 cm? I've got a bike that'll beat both of those handily in my sig. )
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HAHA...unfortunately I'm short and ride a 50cm.

I appreciate the responses guys, and the Dawes is looking like the one to get. The wheels most likely will be upgraded later on when the need comes around.

I would like to stay under 800.00 if possible. This is going to be my first "real" bike, and if I really get into it, I'll spend the money on better frames down the line. I did call a few Bike Shops around my area today trying to get a local price on the Fuji. I intend to pay a visit to at least two shops on my day off on Tuesday. Any more inputs and opinions is greatly appreciated
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