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Advise me on a new bike $1200-1500~

Old 11-11-09, 03:57 PM
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Advise me on a new bike $1200-1500~

Hey everyone. I've decided to get a nice road bike since I don't have a car and bike is my main transport. (also had some spare money) I'm in Bloomington, IN (at IU) so the only bike shop here sells Trek and Gary Fisher.

I was going to buy a Gary Fisher Arc Super they had on clearance for $1175 with tax which my room mate got before me.
https://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/archivemodel/507

They said they can sell me an Ion Super (next year model equivalent) and take 15% off MSRP for a total of $1275 with tax.
https://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/ion-super

In short I just wanted to see what you think of these bikes (price for the components/frame) and if you'd recommend anything else for a first road bike purchase.

Also looked at a Douglas Fusion online and the components look amazing.Only worried that since I'm a noob, self assembly could be troublesome. I'm not incompetent with tools but no expert on bikes.https://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/display/10450/

thanks for the input.

Emmanuel

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Old 11-11-09, 04:06 PM
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CAAD 9

yes you might have to go somewhere else or use the internet, but it will be better than those... I hate paired spokes...
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Old 11-11-09, 05:02 PM
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Look for clear-outs. You should be able to find 25-40% off MSRP.

If you go aluminum, you can get one with very decent parts on it - expect Ultegra. For carbon, you may be able to find something with 105 level.

I personally quite like the design of the new GF's. Never ridden one though. C'dale - also never ridden, but resale on C'dale will probably be better than GF, since there are way more C'dale fans.
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Old 11-11-09, 05:05 PM
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The 2010 Trek 2.1 looks good, if you're set on buying from your local shop.
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Old 11-11-09, 05:13 PM
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Old 11-11-09, 05:22 PM
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what is the purpose of the bike? commute? get fit? go fast?
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Old 11-11-09, 05:27 PM
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The ARC Super is the reincarnated Lemond AC/DC model - My wife has the Chambery which I've ridden. Much smoother than a Cannondale aluminum frame and I rode Cannondales for 20 years. It also retained what Trek called the Lemond Geometry (which I won't get into here why it really wasn't). But of course you can't get the ARC Super as you said. The Ion Super clearly has swapped the stays for a different carbon version, and the geometry has changed. For me, some good and some very bad geometry changes, and unfortunately you sound too new to road bikes to know what you like.

I'm not going to do the comparison shopping for you, but yes I have seen bikes with 105 for a similar price, but you have to weigh the frame, type and fit availability to you, and so forth.
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Old 11-11-09, 05:29 PM
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If you're using your bike for commuting I would post in the commuter forum...

A good bike for that price range is the Surly Cross Check or Bianchi Volpe... You may also want to look at steel framed disc braked road bikes.
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Old 11-11-09, 05:35 PM
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https://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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Old 11-11-09, 11:06 PM
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No Shillin' Here.

Give a few more posts and someone will suggest BD.

Stick with the LBS, they will fit you, and give you regular maintenance (this should be for free). Also, if you stick with the sport you will eventually want to upgrade from the mid-level to a sweet ride.

I'm already jonesing for a Ti and I've been at it for 3 months
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Old 11-12-09, 12:10 AM
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That Fisher looks like a pretty nice bike. I like the integrated BB. That said, you should be able to get at least a full 105 for $1200+. Not to jump on the CAAD9 bandwagon but a CAAD9-5 MSRP is $1399 w/ full 105.
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^
is that new?
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Originally Posted by Kurogashi View Post
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is that new?
The Cannondale website has the CAAD9-5 MSRP at $1499. My LBS, Nytro is selling them for $1399. I would be if you walked in with a wad of cash you get one for less.
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Does that really work? Well I guess it would cause they would want to avoid tax and such. I should try that next time but I always wonder. If people know this works, why won't they withdraw money before hand?

And oh, I just remembered Caad9 weren't full carbon, was thinking of some other bike. I was wondering why a full carbon bike would be so cheap, haha. Looks like I need some sleep.
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Old 11-12-09, 05:58 AM
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This is a very good deal and you'll have about $400 left over for other stuff.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3DI%26otn%3D2
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Old 11-12-09, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by sirious94 View Post
CAAD 9

yes you might have to go somewhere else or use the internet, but it will be better than those... I hate paired spokes...

+1000

even if you have to get it elsewhere, it will be worth it. Just do a search for CAAD 9 and see what you get on here. You can't beat Cannondale, and the CAAD 9 is just an awsome bike.
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Old 11-12-09, 03:35 PM
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I got my 2010 Specialized Allez Elite with full 105 groupo for $1035 + tax at Incycle of Pasadena. You can get a full cabon bike from Performance - I think it's the Scattante - their brand, for 1150 I believe. Can't get better than that. They also give you 10% off too
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Congrats aboss ... enjoy it!
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I went to the local Cannondale LBS to try some of their bikes and the CAAD9 is definitely nice. I ended up buying a used bike from someone in CA though.

It's a 2008 CAAD9 frame with 2009 SRAM Force Group and Spinergy wheelset. He says it comes to 16 pounds even. I'm going to pay a little less than $1400 which is not very cheap but I figured for that wheelset it's not bad. I also really wanted to try a SRAM equipped bike. Gotta love the hidden brake cables. I will post some pics once it gets here. Oh...and I might have some questions putting it together.
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