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Newbie "which Bike" question

Old 02-05-09, 05:43 PM
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Newbie "which Bike" question

Little background: I have raced MTB's for years (Beginner then Sport, or this year known as MTB "Cat 2"), but members of my college cycling team are trying to get me to join the road team. I have ZERO experience on a road bike, but I am hoping my baseline biking fitness will be enough to make me competitive in Category D or E (which I think correlates to Cat. 5). They want me to race these lower categories because they essentially need bodies to collect the available points.

I know it is probably a bad idea to start out on a new bike, but I figure even if I hate it, I can always permanently mount it to my indoor trainer and just use it as a stationary bike. However, since I will probably like it, I would prefer to buy something that is legitimately race worthy in case I progress. Friends have suggested something 105 equipped.

My choices (budget is about $1000):
Fuji Roubaix Pro for $950 (new from shop sponsoring team)
OR any one of those bikesdirect/sportymama/whatever other name they call themselves.

I know about Mike and BD from the mtbr forum and his annoying interjections that accompany any mention of motobecane (and Mike if you are reading this you are MUCH MUCH better off not posting anything on these sites because you never make a positive impact....you just annoy everyone by neglecting to answer legitimate questions and instead just answering your own questions. Also could you please outfit a mtb with a legitimate wheelset--not this Vuelta crap. I am sure they "retail" for $100,000, but that doesn't change the fact that they suck). I build and maintain all of my mtb's, so I would be prepared to effectively COMPLETELY assemble the "90%" complete bike.

My questions: I hear that the motobecane road bikes are really fuji's. Is this true? Is there any BD bike that would beat the value of the Fuji I can get? I am definitely leaning towards the Fuji because it is from the shop that sponsors the team, but I thought I would at least ask here because I have no basis to compare road bikes (like what parts are more important, etc). Does anyone race a 29er mtb on slicks in a road race?

I also know this is a "first post about motobecane", but I assure you I am no shill. THANKS.
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Old 02-05-09, 06:41 PM
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I don't claim to know for sure, but I do know that the weight different in the Motobeccane/Windsor/Dawes/Mercier is definitely noticeable when compared to my Fuji. That led me to believe they were different bikes and the claims that they are the same are false.

I bought a Fuji Newest 1.0 '08 model for $700 and change and am quite happy with it.
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I don't know anything about BD bikes, but I'd take the shop deal so you're establishing a relationship with them. They'll be the ones fixing your bike when you crash it and upgrading parts when you wear them out.
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Best. Shill. Ever!

Nice job. Welcome to BF. I hope you end up with a great bike regardless of who you buy from.
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Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
Best. Shill. Ever!

Nice job. Welcome to BF. I hope you end up with a great bike regardless of who you buy from.
HAHA. Thanks! I did some searching on this forum for "bikesdirect" and I was happy to see that the shilling crosses all disciplines of cycling. It is the classic "why are these not more popular -- bikes are exactly like the ones by trek/specialized/etc but SOO much cheaper -- bought one and it had a couple of small issues that were EASY to fix -- I feel like I got a great value". Also there is the usual "I just pulled the trigger" line that comes up nearly every time and they usually mention that they are "not into brand names".

But even with that said, they have some mountain bike build kits (aka complete motobecane, with the frame removed) that are impossible to price match even through the UK. For me it is just those no-name crap wheels and the prospect of having to sell that frame with 10-year old geometry/technology that comes with the parts attached to it that is turning me off from "pulling the trigger" on one. Oh, I also think the MSRP's on those bikes are hilarious--like there is a difference between motobecane and BD. Haha.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
i don't know anything about bd bikes, but i'd take the shop deal so you're establishing a relationship with them. They'll be the ones fixing your bike when you crash it and upgrading parts when you wear them out.
+1
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I'd go for the LBS bike, if for no other reason than you'll get a proper fit that way.
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I have a Fuji Roubaix Pro and like it very much. That is a good price.
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