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Old 08-31-04, 03:27 PM
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Upgrade Road Bikes

I am riding a Fuji Newest from 50 to 100 miles a week and feel it's time for an upgrade. I can buy a Fuji Professional at my LBS for $1700 new. This is a great upgrade from the Newest, but I would like a kick ass Italian frame with Dura Ace.... but it is double the cost as the Fuji. Is the Pro a good enough deal to jump on, or should I save my money and slug it out on the 22lb beast? (I'd let the Newest go cheap either way!)
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You can find many fine bicycles for that kind of money. Why doncha shop around a little.
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The Pro is a good bike without a doubt. But, at $1700, there are a lot of other bike options that also come into play. Ask yourself this - what is it about the Pro that I like? Is it the frame, components, wheels, fit or a combination of several things? What about the bike do you think could be improved?

Identify the pros and cons and spend a reasonable amount of time looking to improve the cons. Maybe you can and maybe you can't, but you'll know you made the best decision for you.

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The Fuji Professional is a nice bike and for the price it is a killer deal. It is up to you to decide if it is worth the wait for the kick ass Italian frame with Dura Ace.
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I have shopped, but am apparently not as savvy as others. What are some other bikes (brands) in that price range with that level of components, multi material frame, and weight? I can be out the door for $1735 - (also, I need a 64 frame minimum center to top). Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Skyline_Dougie
I have shopped, but am apparently not as savvy as others. What are some other bikes (brands) in that price range with that level of components, multi material frame, and weight? I can be out the door for $1735 - (also, I need a 64 frame minimum center to top). Thanks.
To be honest... none really. You're talking about what's typically a bike that cost a grand more. $1700 is really Ultegra playing field. Hell, even the retail price for the Pro according to Fuji is a grand more at $2800. That's a really awesome deal if you can get one at $1700. If you want Italian (yew like'ah da sauce?), you may be able to come close with the Bianchi Virata but it retails for $2099 and comes with Ultegra and not Dura-Ace. The only bikes I can think of that you have a chance of finding at that pricepoint and meets your criteria (disregarding the Italian heritage) would be ones from underrated bike companies such as K2 (look at the Mod 5.0). One review I saw in cyclingnews.com said that the Mod 5.0 rode very similarly to his Pinarello Prince. I've ridden the Mod 4.0 and although I haven't ridden a Prince, I can say that the ride of the K2 ranks up there with the likes of high end aluminum/carbon Bianchis, De Rosas and even Colnagos. The Mod 5.0 retails for around $3000 but like the Fuji Pro, you may be able to find it within your pricerange because it's also from a company most people underrate. Check out Leader too. They have an Al/CF frame with Dura-Ace (7800-series) for $2149. You might find a place selling them for less. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Skyline_Dougie
I am riding a Fuji Newest from 50 to 100 miles a week and feel it's time for an upgrade. I can buy a Fuji Professional at my LBS for $1700 new. This is a great upgrade from the Newest, but I would like a kick ass Italian frame with Dura Ace.... but it is double the cost as the Fuji. Is the Pro a good enough deal to jump on, or should I save my money and slug it out on the 22lb beast? (I'd let the Newest go cheap either way!)
Check www.gvhbikes.com
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I take back what I wrote earlier - after checking specs for both the '03 and '04, I have to say that it would be very difficult to beat this deal. Especially if it comes in the 64 cm size you need. Buy it before it is gone.

Also - contact forum member Boze. He recently did extensive research for larger (64 cm) frames. I'm sure he has information you might find useful. Good luck.

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Discovery bikes in Fountain Valley has some LeMonds for under 2000,04's they need to get rid of. Ones the Ti and i think the other is a Zurich.
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