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Old 07-08-08, 10:49 AM
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test rides of new bikes

so I test rode a specialized roubaix expert and a serotta fierte steel bike today. Serotta felt more comfortable - had bontrager race wheels and full shimano ultegra, roubaix had 105 components. The roubaix felt a little faster in my mind although i may be mistaking that for twitchiness in the front end? I realize i am at two different price points and I am probably comparing apples to oranges. Tomorrow i ride a giant tcr c2 and a felt. Forgive the poor grammer and punctuation but i am excited. Any thoughts, comments etc appreciated as I am new to all this stuff. Serotta is pricey.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:29 AM
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It's hard to compare bikes on a quick test ride.

Here are the bikes I rode yesterday:

Felt F4
Giant TCR C2
Giant OCR C2
Cervelo RS
Cervelo R3
2009 Orbea Onix
2009 Orbea Orca

It's easier to compare bikes when looking at a common price range. Today I am going to ride a Madone and a Tarmac, amd maybe a Bianchi C2C 928. Basically trying to narrow down the choices at least a little bit.

Once you have a budget, start looking at different manufacturers based on your riding needs. And test ride a bike more than once if you have to. Make sure the bikes are fit well before you test them out in order to get as good of a comparison as possible.

Have fun! A local bike shop pulled out a R3 demo for me to try, and now I want to spend even more money than originally planned. I'm having a hard time resisting the R3 with the demo discount.
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I rode Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR Comp, Cannondale Synapse, and Trek Pilot. Ultimately went with the steel Fierte. IMHO what you grow up with and ride for many years is what will feel the best. The carbon bikes seemed to soak up the chatter slightly better and the steel bike seemed to handle the harsher bumps better. What I ultimately found is that the wheels make a huge difference in the ride and unless you compare all frames with the same wheels it is a useless to try and compare bikes on a test ride. Try and take them for a 20-mile ride if possible. Otherwise it is a shot in the dark because you cannot tell much from a test ride around the parking lot.

I tired of chipped/scratched paint and now ride a naked titanium/bare carbon Serotta Legend and Serotta F-3 fork that I found in the Serotta Garage. It was a stock geometry/build selling as a lightly used demo at 1/3 MSRP. I am still mystified as to why this particular frame was offered at such a discount, but I am not complaining.

Determine the size Serotta that you need and look for Fierte and Couer D' Acier(CDA) frames in that size in the Serotta Garage. I don't think anybody has ever been sorry that they bought a Serotta. But if you can find a carbon bike you like it will give you enjoyment also. Good luck.

http://www.serotta.com/Merchant2/mer...gory_Code=DEMO

If you see a frame that you like contact Serotta. They will give you all the information that you need.

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thanks guys - this whole carbon thing has me worried that i am going to regret not getting a full carbon bike?
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thanks guys - this whole carbon thing has me worried that i am going to regret not getting a full carbon bike?
Don't trip on the material...get what feels best and fits your wallet.
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thanks guys - this whole carbon thing has me worried that i am going to regret not getting a full carbon bike?
It doesn't matter what the blokes next to you are riding, just ride what fits you and that you like. People buy ti over CF and buy CF over ti. And people still buy steel bikes and AL bikes. It's all a matter of preference...
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got there Serotta - steel - very nice ride - thanks for everyones help
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pics please.
Yup...doesn't matter how many bikes we've seen...we want to see YOURS too
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