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Mt. biker seeks 1st road bike recommendations

Old 09-08-04, 10:27 PM
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Mt. biker seeks 1st road bike recommendations

Hey kids: I am an intermediate mt. biker and I am now giving in to my friends' advice; I plan to get on the road to get to the next level ;-) . I am looking at these three models, in this order of my preference, so far:

Specialized Allez Sport Triple
Giant OCR2
Trek 1200

These are the leaders as they are best supported in my area (I believe in supporting my LBSs). I can consider LeMond, Felt, KHS and Cannondale as they are also in the area, but for various reasons (mostly value or lessor support) I have eliminated those.

My key concerns are (smooth) ride (granted, they are not steel) and performance. These are all going for $800 or so my way and thats pretty much the budget. I have rated them above in my estimation of the best ride for the money, as far as the fit, components, etc.

Anyone with long term experience on these rides (or similar), I would love to hear from you! Keep in mind I am buying new, the bike cannot cost more than 850 retail, and I hope for advice pertinent to the brands I listed above.

Thanks!
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Old 09-08-04, 10:35 PM
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best way to spend $800 on a road bike

(sorry to dash your hopes there, holmie - but after 7 years on an entry level alum road frame you won't find me recommending them to anybody with deals like that around. it was you that put smooth ride as a priority, not me.)
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Like boze did, I'd go used. If you're good enuf to be intermediate, I'd consider upping your budget because a road bike for less than $1k new is ....... well ... you wouldn't like it for very long.

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Originally Posted by boze
best way to spend $800 on a road bike

(sorry to dash your hopes there, holmie - but after 7 years on an entry level alum road frame you won't find me recommending them to anybody with deals like that around. it was you that put smooth ride as a priority, not me.)
thanks, but that auction was over 48 hours ago!
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i hear ya... i just ride better than i make money. 1K will have to do for now...
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Gasper,
with some luck, you may be able to find the trek 2100 for around $1k give or take a few %. I ride the 2200 and it's a very smooth riding frame with a good amount of tactile feedback so i know what i'm riding on. cf seat stays so it dampens the vibrations well as well as the cf seatpost. also, the specialized allez elite should be $1k or less now with closeouts. i like the allez elite alot, but the freehub just bugged the crap out of me as it's pretty loud and wasn't a fan of compact frame geometry...reminds me of a girl's bike's toptube :/ (i hope no one takes offense to that). it ends up being what you personally like the best

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Hey the specialized allez sport triple has a very smooth ride, with the carbon fork it absorbs a ton. i dunno about the ocr's though, they have a compact frame, some ppl like that. some dont. just test ride one if your looking for that. but also the ride on that would not be as smooth at the allez, because it has no carbon fork.
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If you shop around a little you may be able to find a leftover 2003 model that you can get an excellent deal. I just found one a bout a month ago and saved about 25% over the comparable 2004 model. With the 2005s hitting the shelf you may be able to do the same on 2004 models.
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Originally Posted by m0gul
Hey the specialized allez sport triple has a very smooth ride, with the carbon fork it absorbs a ton. i dunno about the ocr's though, they have a compact frame, some ppl like that. some dont. just test ride one if your looking for that. but also the ride on that would not be as smooth at the allez, because it has no carbon fork.
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isn't the "composite fork" they refer to in the specs for the OCR Carbon Fiber??
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Sounds like me last year as I was looking at exactly those three bikes. In the end, I purchased the OCR2 based on how it felt during the test ride. I found the Trek to be "tinny" and the Allez just didn't appeal to my eye. The Giant was $850. When I rode it, it felt alive! I just passed the thousand mile marker and enjoy the bike immensely. No regrets. I also didn't want to spend much more than this since I only ride recreationally and don't race.

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