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New Bike- Which one to buy?

Old 05-15-10, 01:22 PM
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New Bike- Which one to buy?

Hey everyone!
I went to two LBS today and looked over some of the bikes with the people who work there (first time buyer!). The first shop had one that I really liked. The place seemed really personal, friendly, and free service for one year.

First shop-
Bike 1:I really liked this because it was in my price range and good groupset
$875
Jamis Ventura Comp- Aluminum with carbon fork
Shimano Tiagra – double (what I was looking for)
Alex rims and Formula tires

Bike 2: This was another option but I don’t think is worth it
$600
Jamis Ventura sport – All aluminum
Shimano Sora
Alex rims and Vittoria tires

Does Jamis have good frames? I am really leaning towards the Bike 1 because it seems like a good bike and allows me to get a good pair for clipless pedals and shoes.

Second bike shop- Not as friendly

Bike 1:
Specialized Allez- they had a few of these but with different upgrades.
$850 had Shimano Sora and was a triple but I don’t want a triple and they wouldn’t change it.
$1000 had a 105 and Tiagra mix.

Bike 2:
Giant Avail either 1,3, or Alliance.

This place also had better pedals to choose from and shoes so I would probably get them here. They had Look pedals and the KOeasy for 79 then the Sprit for 119… Which one is better? Should I get the cheaper pedal? I would prefer to go with the bikes around 800 so I can get good pedals, helmet, and shoes.

I would really appreciate if you guys would give me some advice if any of these bikes is worth the price and if I should consider them. I really like the first bike shop and their Jamis Ventura comp bike. Both of the bike shops though said they are experienced with fitting and it would take like 20-30 min.. is that right?

Thanks so much!
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Jamis makes good bikes, and you're better off buying a bike you like from a shop you like.

Maybe you should buy the pedals and shoes from the 2nd store if they're cheaper. Maybe see if store#1's willing to match the price from the other place if you buy the bike from them as well.

Tiagra's fine, and if you can spend that 125 on pedals/shoes/helmet then that's a good thing. As for price on the pedals, the basic keo's are fine. The others are more expensive because they're lighter. You don't need that. I know people riding 8 year old keo's that still work fine.
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Is the Jamis Ventura Comp 2009 or 2010? Either way the MSRP for both of them is $875. If it's the 2010 model I thought LBS sell bikes for a bit less than MSRP. If it's the 2009 model, then they should have that bike on sale or clearance.

Also the 2010 version comes with Mavic CXP 22 which are probably better than 2009's version with Alex rims.

The Jamis is a good bike. Go with the cheaper pedals. The nicer pedals aren't going to do anything except make it harder to clip out. And if you wanted that, you could probably just turn up the tension on the KEO easy.
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How much should I look to spend on shoes? The one store said the Keos are 79..is that a good price?
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Also, is the 20 to 30 to fit me is that good or no?
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Shoes, as long as they fit and don't give you hot foot you're fine. You don't need to be worried about carbon shoes and sole stiffness.

If you buy a bike from a shop, they should fit you on it as part of that. 20-30 for a fitting is not bad though, if they know what they're doing.
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