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Which Bike?

Old 10-22-08, 02:45 AM
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Which Bike?

I'm torn between a few bikes, and would like some opinions on which one is best worth considering.

CYTEK ROMA: Read the feedback, Good and Bad. I can have this for $400, with full SORA groupset. Double Butted Alum frame. (second hand).

TREK 1000 "DISCOVERY", SORA Groupset, $600. Reviews say this is the better bike to get, but for a second hand bike, I'm not sure $600 plus accessories is my thing.

GIANT OH3CR (I think), $650ish (LBS). I have heard that it has "Death Grip" Brakes, apparently the hallmark of a poor quality bike. Reviews say it's good.

Bear in mind, I'm upgrading from an old ten speed I have restored myself, with a SunTour Spirt front derailer, Shimano SIS TY20a Rear derailer, and SunTour "Perfect" freewheel. (Stem shift, 27x1 1/4). So any of the above with Brifter's will be a 100% improvement on my old road bike, however I am looking for the best of the three. I am budgeting $1000-1300, and that must cover bike+accessories, meaning a cateye computer with all the bells and whilstles (or at least some of), clipless pedals (Shimano SPD?) and Cleats, Saddlebag & tools, as well as a home maintenance kit. I will also need the one I buy fully overhauled and maybe fitted.
So in spite of reviews, I lean towards the CYTEK, because I will have enough for all of the above, and maybe even 105? Also, the cyclist I would be buying it off is same age, weight, height and build. So fitting would only be a little tweak.
The TREK has excellant reviews, but my accessories budget is harmed by it.
I really am not considering the Giant, however It may be nessecary to buy new from a LBS.

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I had an OCR3, wasn't a bad bike by any means.
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