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Road bikes for approx. $2000

Old 04-14-08, 09:48 PM
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Road bikes for approx. $2000

I recently purchased a Specialized Allez Sport as an entry level, getting-to-know-the-sport road bike. I've been pounding away on it and already I find myself wanting more. I took an 07' Tarmac Comp out and absolutely loved it. The weight made such a huge difference, and the components even more so.

As such, I've done a fantastic job convincing myself that it's rational to purchase a new bike already.

I loved the Tarmac Comp, but have always wanted to ride a Cervelo. I've been doing a lot of research on the Team Soloist and it seems like a fantastic buy. Ultegra all around, aero-frame, light, fast, nimble. For $2100 it seems spot on.

Does anyone have experience with the team soloist, the tarmac comp, or any other comparable bike in the same price range? Any suggestions? Things to look for? Am I missing anything in my inexperience? Any help is appreciated.

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Old 04-14-08, 09:59 PM
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"Am I missing anything in my inexperience? Any help is appreciated." Yes, experience. Your Allez is a very worthy bike and considered more than entry level. As you gain road time, you will get a better idea as to what direction you want in a new bike. Describing your riding experience and goals (racing, recreation, training, club rides, charity rides, etc.) could much better guide someone to give you input.
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Old 04-14-08, 10:25 PM
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Sounds like you'll buy the Soloist Team provided the LBS experiences are remotely equal and fit is dialed in.
It's too late already, whether for good or bad.
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Old 04-14-08, 11:30 PM
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Definitely test ride it. I bought a Soloist Team and love it, but don't buy the whole "this ride isn't harsh, it's rumbly" bit. It is a stiff, reasonably harsh bike. For me the plusses just outweight the minuses. Oh and get used to the most annoying seat post adjustment mechanism known to man.
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Old 04-14-08, 11:39 PM
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Picked up a 2006 Scott CR1 with Record and Ksyrium SSC's for 2,500. Low km's, beautiful machine. I'd say buy used and be patient.
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Old 04-14-08, 11:49 PM
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Unnecessary. If you're "getting to know the sport" your doing fine on your Allez. Put in some more time (a year at least) and figure out what really suits you. A year ago, I was riding a $200 bikesdirect steel frame monstrosity, and could ride the $h!t out of the thing. I've since done a short stint on a aluminum/carbon Felt, and am now on a full carbon Giant, and you know what? My first reaction when I unloaded the BD tank and got into a proper race ready machine was: "This is all you get for an extra $1500?" The Felt gave me problems and for a while, I was actually regretting dumping the $200 Dawes! I'm now happier on the Giant than I've been with any bike, but really, I'm not made a better or faster rider because of it, and believe me, there will be a much smaller difference between your Allez and a Tarmac or Soloist than between my Dawes and Giant, since your Allez is way more bike than I started with. My advice: ride & learn. (Unless you're the type that just likes to ride for the sake of having new shiny stuff, which is pretty common too.)
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Old 04-15-08, 07:38 AM
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Sorry - I should have clarified that I'm not entirely inexperienced in the world of bikes in general, but strictly in owning a higher level road bike. I've got a fair bit of experience in other disciplines, so I'm not so fresh that I can't tell the difference between a few bikes. That said, I don't claim to be anything close to an expert...so your posts are a great help.

As for intended purpose, I would like to have something that might potentially open the door to some semi-competitive or even competitive racing in the future. Nothing overly serious though (I'm probably never going to dedicate the time and resources necessary). Otherwise, I'm riding between 20-50k daily, whether permitting. I've also got some longer outings planned with a friend (and fellow bikeforums user).

Hopefully this information will help in your assessment
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Im in the exact same position as you. Ive been doing some group rides for over a year and am looking to upgrade my Novara Strada... I actually on paper narrowed it down to the exact same two as you (I chickened out on the used carbon bikes... just because Ive heard too many hidden cracks). In either case, I also added the Fuji team/team pro to my list, as it seems to me good value. however, my final decision is going to be based pretty much on test rides. Find a cervelo dealer, test ride...
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Nice bike, but very unforgiving ride. I tested one and you feel it under you, that's for sure.
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i'd go with a steel Ciocc COM 12.5 (~$800 for frame/fork), slap campy centaur group on it, ksyrium SL's and you're good to go. you'll end up with something like this:



not sure what it weighs, but not as much as you'd expect a steel bike to weigh, it's much lighter than my other steelies.
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https://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RODUCT.ID=4957

Roadbikereview.com has some reviews and do a Google search for reviews. If I were looking for a bike right now I would take a good, long look at this deal.

Roadbikereview.com should have reviews on most of the bikes you are considering.
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Originally Posted by dekindy View Post
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RODUCT.ID=4957

Roadbikereview.com has some reviews and do a Google search for reviews. If I were looking for a bike right now I would take a good, long look at this deal.

Roadbikereview.com should have reviews on most of the bikes you are considering.
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Old 04-15-08, 08:29 PM
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+1 on the Ridley deal from CC. Much more bang for the buck than anything out there that I'm aware of including the Cervelo T.S.
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Personally, I would go for something like -this-

Too bad it's all the way in Switzerland.
By the way, it's not mine and I have no affiliation with the seller
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Thats an awesome deal.
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Old 04-15-08, 08:43 PM
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Personally, I would go for something like -this-

Too bad it's all the way in Switzerland.
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Very nice. Why people spend so much on new crap bikes is beyond me. Cervelo, the Winnebago of bicycles.
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Perhaps something with a little italian inspiration?
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