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Which bike would be best?

Old 07-08-08, 11:27 AM
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Which bike would be best?

I am a decent rider, riding a Trek 1000 56cm frame. I am continually progressing and will soon need to buy a new bike and get off my beginner level bike. I am 6'0 with no shoes on and between 160-165 pounds. I have been looking at new bikes but don't know how to go about purchasing one. When I look at other riders their feet are either parallel with the ground or they're pushing with their toes while riding and mine seem to be a little below paralell. Should I bump up to a 58cm frame if I go with Trek again? Also, if thats the size frame in Trek I ride how do I know what size to get on a different type of bike? Since frame geometry is different.
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Go for a test ride at your LBS and they'll set you up! Go to several different bike stores to get a feel for what your size is and what FEELS good when you test ride.......good luck!
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What he said ^^
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would anyone recomment upgrading to full 105 components? Or maybe changing out handlebars or wheelset? Since it might be a while before I upgrade to a new bike.
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I also have the Trek 1000 and am currently getting ready to buy a bike. I am planning on getting the Cannondale Caad9 5 with all 105 components except for the ultegra rear dérailleur. When I test rode it the difference was huge.
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When I look at other riders their feet are either parallel with the ground or they're pushing with their toes while riding and mine seem to be a little below paralell.
This has more to do with your seat height,and your pedalling style than the frame size. You may or may not need to raise your seat. You don't need a new frame on this account (unless you're already runnning the maximum amount of seat post that's practical.)

The question of whether you need to go up a frame size has more to do with the length of the top tube, and whether the extension to the handlebars, and the drop from the seat to the bars is appropriate.

One question is how comfortable you are on your current bike? Lot to be said for if it's not broke don't fix it.
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Old 07-09-08, 09:19 AM
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My seat post is at its max height, if I pull it out too much more it will only have maybe a 1/2 inch of tube in the post. I guess a 58cm bike would be better?
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an upgrade will run you a ton of money, you could buy a used 105 Trek 1500 or similar for the same as a 105 groupset. if you really want to upgrade look into the $1500-$2500 entry level carbons or like i said, if you simply want better components look for used 105 or better aluminum bikes on ebay or Craigslist.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by LanceFanBoy View Post
an upgrade will run you a ton of money, you could buy a used 105 Trek 1500 or similar for the same as a 105 groupset. if you really want to upgrade look into the $1500-$2500 entry level carbons or like i said, if you simply want better components look for used 105 or better aluminum bikes on ebay or Craigslist.

Good luck!
What would you recomend for a entry level carbon bike? Preferably closer to $1500.
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Should I bump up to a 58cm frame?
Yes. You're 6'0" tall fer crying out loud.
 
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If you don't know whether your bike fits, I would say you have some more riding to do before you graduate from beginner level. However, if you have your seatpost fully extended and need more, you probably are riding a bike that is too small.
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at 6' a 56 is probably too small for you. Dont upgrade the componenets... save your cash and keep an eye out on ebay and craigslist. Also you LBS should be getting 09's in next month so some deals on 08's should be coming along.
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Just because I have been riding for a little bit doesn't mean I should know all about frame geometry depending on a riders height. I got into cycling b/c I wanted to and I ride in a pack doing about 23-26 mph. Some things you just learn as you go, I've asked questions a lot to many people and never received much help on what size frame I should get. I've heard some people prefer smaller frames, whatever fits you rbest, what feels best to you, etc... I stood over top of a 58 trek frame and still had at least an inch of clearance b/t the top tube to where it hit my taint. The guy at my LBS said it would prob. work for me but just make sure I'm not over extended because the longer tube.
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Originally Posted by rjs0702 View Post
Just because I have been riding for a little bit doesn't mean I should know all about frame geometry depending on a riders height. I got into cycling b/c I wanted to and I ride in a pack doing about 23-26 mph. Some things you just learn as you go, I've asked questions a lot to many people and never received much help on what size frame I should get. I've heard some people prefer smaller frames, whatever fits you rbest, what feels best to you, etc... I stood over top of a 58 trek frame and still had at least an inch of clearance b/t the top tube to where it hit my taint. The guy at my LBS said it would prob. work for me but just make sure I'm not over extended because the longer tube.
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haha aight. I guess I'll have to do some traveling to go to some new bike shops. Other questions were...what handlebars would anyone reccomend? I want to purchase some but don't know how other than shoulder width. Who makes good bars? Also, how do I take a clip of what someone wrote and put that in my reply to comment on certain parts?
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haha aight. I guess I'll have to do some traveling to go to some new bike shops. Other questions were...what handlebars would anyone reccomend? I want to purchase some but don't know how other than shoulder width. Who makes good bars? Also, how do I take a clip of what someone wrote and put that in my reply to comment on certain parts?
There are ton of good bars, reynolds, 3t, Deda, Zipp. As far as width it is a total comfort thing, I have rode with 40, 42, 44s and not noticed much of a difference. I think the big thing to look for in a bar is classic bend vs ergo bend. I switched to classic bend bars a couple of months ago and think that has been the single biggest improvement in my comfort ever.

If you want to take a part of someones quote, just reply with quote, then delete the parts you dont want. As far as taking quotes from multiple people, or breaking a quote up... I have not tried that, soemeon else will have to chime in.
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You answered my question on both of those things thanks. Anyone know what hoods are? I haven't heard any of these terms from anyone on my Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday group rides.
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Hoods = the top part of your break levers/brifters where your hands rest.

I just picked up a set of FSA Omega compact bars, and I really like them... As far as what type of bend to get that is totally personal preference, you have to decide what you don't like about the position your current bars put you in, than find a bar that will fix the position.
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Thats what I thought they were, I guess I don't really get into terms too much but thank you. I recently rode with a guy who just got some new bars kind of like mine right now. Right now I like the drops on my bike because they have a flat spot for me to rest my hands, but the top part of my bars is circular and I'm pretty sure I'd like them better flat. Maybe CF too.
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CF bars are about the worst place to spend your hard earned cash... no lighter than a good alloy bar. Road vibration..maybe a bit of dampening, but still...the price is hard to justify, and this from a guy who will spend money on just about anything.
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Well damn, I guess I'll save a little extra money then and stick with alloy. My stock bars are ok to me, so if all it is, is road vibration i dont really care b/c I don't really experience too much of it with my current bike and bars. That, or I'm too focused on the mans wheel in front of me.
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Originally Posted by rjs0702 View Post
would anyone recomment upgrading to full 105 components? Or maybe changing out handlebars or wheelset? Since it might be a while before I upgrade to a new bike.
I priced it out and found I was better off upgrading to a complete bike, rather than upgrading components to an Ultegra gruppo and new wheels. For example, my local LBS had a Rocky Mountain on sale with a carbon rear end, R-sys wheels, EC90 fork, SRAM Rival components and carbon this and carbon that for about $1900. These parts alone without the frame were way more than $2000.

I would test ride new Treks, check around for deals (after the TdF, because prices may go done afterwards), and buy a new bike. Sell the old one on CL or ebay. I just test rode a new Madone and it was tight...best bike in a high shop IMO.
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Thanks a lot. I figured that would be the way it turned out, I just havent priced things. I think I'm going to test ride the trek Madone 5.2 and I want to test ride the cannondale six13, and the cannondale synapse 3. All of them except the six13 I think are CF and have ultegra components.
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