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HELP: budget road bike for commute

Old 01-19-10, 04:15 PM
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HELP: budget road bike for commute

my budget is 600$ at most. I checked BD, pretty interested in motobecane mirage pro (my size out of stock), and grand record, fantom_cross_cx
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_pro_sale.htm
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...d_record_x.htm
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx3.htm

and I just find this one,

https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5751042

the price is really nice, the components are not bad.

i also check three local stores, got nothing below 800$ for a 7005 frame/carbon fork, sora or tiagra bike.

any recommendation for 7005 frame/carbon fork bikes? or which one i should pick in the above 3 bikes? Thanks
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Do you know how to assemble and tune bicycles? If not, online or big box stores should not be considered.

I recommend you start browsing craigslist and do some research on bikepedia.com for any bike you're considering.
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Are you sure you want a road bike for a commuter? (drop style bars, narrow tires, etc.) A hybrid or "city bike" might be better choice, with a straight bar, and wider tires. How far are you riding? Are you riding in the rain and need fenders (many road bikes won't accommodate fenders)?

Unless you just like the look of a road bike, which is fine. You might check out Specialized's Allez Steel:
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...45678&eid=4350


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I'm surprised you didn't get blasted yet for posting a Wal-mart bike, but, 105 gears for under $500...

The first thing that jumped out at me about all those bikes was no mounts for racks or fenders, which you might want for commuting. Also, did you factor in money for racks, bags, lights, etc.?

If I had to buy new, I'd save up to $1000 for a Long Haul Trucker. You could also get a quality used mountain bike in the $500 range. They can take a beating, and, with road slicks, they are not tragically slow.
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I was thinking that the wally world bike would almost be worth getting to strip the 105's and have a backup set of utility wheels.
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Steel Touring bike. You could get one from your local Performance shop, if you have one nearby, on sale for about that. Otherwise, your LBS probably has one in the $800 range. Six bills is a rather small budget for anything new, but I would look at the Walmart rig. I couldn't see rack mounts.

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I think you could do a lot worse than the Walmart bike....

Funny, top tube and down tube aren't round if you look at the pic real close.
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You can always just look on craigslist. I got myself a pretty sweet Jamis coda for $100.
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Fuji Newest Series and Trek 1 series have mount points for rack and such....

You could also get the low end Fuji Roubaix (carbon fork and seat stay) and use a seat post rack....
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I recently picked up a 2010 Specialized Allez Double Steel. I see them in the shops at $550. I nice smooth ride.

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I would choose the Fantom CX. It has easier handle bar height. The wider tires will take potholes more kindly. The photos show attachment points at back for rack and fenders. If there are none at front Pclips will do the job.
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OP.... You mention you commute. So do you want/need to carry items on a rack? Lots of hills or flat riding? Really need more information to help. It's not a deal if it can't do what you want it to without spending even more money making it right.
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Those motobecane cross bikes make excellent commuters. Eyelets for racks and fenders, decent parts. They make a similar singlespeed one if you only commute on flat roads and paths, for $400.

It hasnt been covered yet thoroughly, but if you're not prepared to properly assemble the bike yourself, add in ~100 dollars to have a shop do that for you. You may also want to talk to that shop about the other necessities, such as a seat that fits you, racks and fenders. If you tell them you'd them that shop to add them all, you can often work out some kind of a deal.
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OK, let's help narrow this down.
All of the BD bikes will perform well ... the Cyclocross model will be best for commuting.
If you want drop bars, the Fantom Cross CX is a nice choice with a wide range of sizes and colors.
The bike assembly is simple and uses basic tools... no need to pay someone to do this.
Go ahead and visit your LBS to determine your frame size and pick up accessories, etc.
Good Luck!


Originally Posted by adscft
my budget is 600$ at most. I checked BD, pretty interested in motobecane mirage pro (my size out of stock), and grand record, fantom_cross_cx
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_pro_sale.htm


https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...d_record_x.htm


https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx3.htm


the price is really nice, the components are not bad. i also check three local stores, got nothing below 800$ for a 7005 frame/carbon fork, sora or tiagra bike.

any recommendation for 7005 frame/carbon fork bikes? or which one i should pick in the above 3 bikes? Thanks
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