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Old 09-29-08, 07:29 PM
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well guys ... im looking to get a new bike got around $3000... was lookin ga t the specialized roubiax or the tarmac exp... the rek madone 5.2 or the cervelo soloist i ride about 25 miles a day and around 60 on the weekends looking for comfort and performance im 5'11 and weight about 230... thnx
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Old 09-29-08, 07:37 PM
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With your weight you can probably need a stiffer bike than most cyclists. You are also going to need stronger wheels like a Velocity Deep V or DT Swiss 1.2 or Mavic CXP33.

Test rides are difficult since tires and wheels make a significant difference in ride and handling. Get your LBS to set you up with as many bikes as possible and test ride with the same wheels. The longer the test ride the better. Problems show up on 60 mile rides that 30 mile rides give no indication of.

Get a professional fitting first to make sure you have the right size frame and to rule out needing custom.

With that budget you should end up with a really nice bike.
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Old 09-29-08, 07:37 PM
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Get what you like the best. You can't go wrong with those bikes you listed. Just buy the bike that you are the most comfortable on and ride the ***** out it.
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Old 09-29-08, 07:41 PM
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I'm the same height and weight as you.. Well, I'm 220 now.... You should have no problem with the bikes you listed above.

Have fun...
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Old 09-29-08, 07:43 PM
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thanx i have a caad 3 from 1997 right now it is so ruff i hate it
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