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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 09-24-09, 10:38 AM
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Author, Kellys, Merida road bikes

I'd like to buy a new road bike... I've three options at the moment:

Author A5500
Size: 480, 500, 520, 540, 560, 580 mm
Frame: tripple butted alloy 6061 / carbon
Front Fork: AUTHOR carbon monocoque
Head Parts: RITCHEY Zero Logic Integ Comp 1-1/8" (ahead)
Chainwheel: FSA Gossamer Compact 50-34 170 / 172.5 / 175 mm cranks
B. B. Parts: FSA MegaExo BB unit
Front Derailleur : SHIMANO 105 (31.8)
Rear Derailleur : SHIMANO 105
Shifters: SHIMANO 105 (20)
Freewheel: SHIMANO 5600 12-25
Chain: SHIMANO CN-5600
Hubs: MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe Wheel Set 18/20 holes
Brakes: TEKTRO R580
Brake Levers : SHIMANO 105
Front Rim : MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe 18 holes
Rear Rim: MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe 20 holes
Spokes: MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe
Front Tire: PANARACER Extreme Evo 3 kevlar 700 x 23c
Rear Tire: PANARACER Extreme Evo 3 kevlar 700 x 23c
Pedals: -
Handlebar: RITCHEY Road Comp 31.8 mm
Grips: AUTHOR PU / foam / gel
Stem: RITCHEY Pro V2
Seat Post: AUTHOR carbon (27.2)
Seat Clamp: AUTHOR (31.8)
Seat Bolt: -
Saddle: FIZIK Pave CX Sport
Speed: 20
Weight: 8.70 / 540


Kellys IRC 5.9
frame Aluminum triple alloy butted / SS Carbon
frame size XS / S / M / L / XL
fork KELLYS Carbon monocoque (steerer 28.6mm)
head parts RITCHEY Comp Logic Zero integrated
crankset SHIMANO 105 - 5650 Hollowtech II compact (50x34T)
f/derailleur SHIMANO 105 - 5600 (31.8mm)
r/derailleur SHIMANO 105 - 5600
shifters SHIMANO 105 - 5600 Dual Control
speed 20
freewheel SHIMANO 105 CS-5600-10 (12-25T)
chain SHIMANO CN-5600 (104 links)
brakes SHIMANO 105 - 5600
brake levers SHIMANO 105 - 5600 Dual Control
brake inner wire JAGWIRE stainless
wheel set SHIMANO WH-R500
tires SCHWALBE Blizzard - Kevlar®Guard 700x23C folding
stem RITCHEY Pro 4-Axis 44 O/S (diam 28.6mm/ bar bore 31.8mm/ angle 6°)
handlebar RITCHEY Comp Logic O/S (31.8mm)
grips KELLYS - gel padding
seat post RITCHEY Pro (diam 27.2mm/ length 350mm)
saddle fi'zi:k Pavé CX K:ium
weight kg 8,60 (M)


Merida Road 904 COM
SIZES [45XS]-48S-50M-52.5L-55XL-57.5XXL
SPEEDS20
FRAME Road Race HFS-Single
COLOR red/white
FORK Carbon Road
DERAILLEURS F/R Shimano 105 Double / 105 SS
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 Double
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 SS
SHIFTER F/R Shimano 105 2- / 10- Dual
BRAKE LEVER SShimano 105
BRAKES F/R Shimano 105
CHAINWHEEL Shimano R600 50-34
WHEELSET Shimano RS10
FREEWHEEL Shimano CS-5600 11-25
TYRE F/R Vittoria Rubino 23 60 Kevlar
STEM FSA OS-190 -6°
SADDLE X-Mission Road Race Comp
SEATPOST X-Misson Comp SB20 31.6

I think that the main differences are the cranksets and the wheelsets. Could you please write me about them? What's the best choice? What's your suggestions? Why? I'd like to return to road cycling and need a good maid of all work bike for heavy duty.
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Are you in the Czech Republic? Author is very common there. I have not ridden any of their bikes. Their mountain bikes look like branded aluminum frames to me. Their clothing seems pretty good and reasonably priced. Don't know much about the other two you mentioned.
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I looked again at your post and the Author looks to be the more race oriented of the three with the frame made of aluminum and the rear seat stay in carbon. The rest of the parts seem like decent mid to entry level. I generally would suggest to stay with Shimano 105 parts or better. But, parts can always be swapped out for better or newer. This is particularly true for wheel sets. You might even have two wheel sets - one for every day riding and training and the other for special or fast trainign and racing events. Get the best frame that you can start with.
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I looked again at your post and the Author looks to be the more race oriented of the three with the frame made of aluminum and the rear seat stay in carbon. The rest of the parts seem like decent mid to entry level. I generally would suggest to stay with Shimano 105 parts or better. But, parts can always be swapped out for better or newer. This is particularly true for wheel sets. You might even have two wheel sets - one for every day riding and training and the other for special or fast trainign and racing events. Get the best frame that you can start with.
Thanks for the help!

And what about this one?

Rock Machine RaceRide 900
http://www.rockmachine.us/rockmachine/?page_id=604

Otherwise, I'm form Hungary...
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you can get Author in Croatia too, I don't think many people will have heard of the brands in the usa.

I'd get the Author, pretty decent bike, might even be made by merida anyway.
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