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Old 06-24-10, 02:42 PM
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I'm really new to the sport. The bikes on this site seem to come with great components at a decent price. Are the big names worth the money?
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Old 06-24-10, 02:50 PM
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I'm really new to the sport. The bikes on this site seem to come with great components at a decent price. Are the big names worth the money?
If you can fit yourself and do your own assembly and adjustments they are really great values. If anywhere BD tends to skimp on wheels, brakes, cranks, minor parts like seatposts but so does Trek and many other brands for that matter. The frames are fine though can't hold a candle to 5k+ bikes.
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Old 06-24-10, 02:54 PM
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Been discussed many times on the forums. My bike is a BD bike. Great starter bikes, I wanted to make sure I stayed interested in the sport and didn't want to spend a load of cash in case I didn't. I would probably go LBS bike or a custom bike if I upgraded though.
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Old 06-24-10, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jmbrockmann View Post
I'm really new to the sport. The bikes on this site seem to come with great components at a decent price. Are the big names worth the money?
Thank you for not using the search feature. This topic never gets old.
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Old 06-24-10, 03:00 PM
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You will get many many different opinions about Bikesdirect bikes. Having owned 2 of them and still having one of them I will say this about them.
First I have this bike https://https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/galaxy.htm. I bought it in April 2010 and have just short of 1000 commuting and road miles on it. I'm 6'4" and was 235 when I bought it. I love this bike. It's a bit on the heavy side. Other than cable stretch I have never had one problem with it at all. I can cruise the flats anywhere from 16 to 19 mph loaded with me, a rack bag and my back pack. It's stable and the ride is pretty smooth.

My wife bought this bike https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ier_corvus.htm

The only problem with it was that the bike was too small for her and she didn't feel right on it. We sold it to a friend who has put almost 700 road miles on it and again, except for cable stretch has had no problems what so ever.

I am looking for another bike to ride events on because this one is too heavy to lug up some of the hills we have here in Colorado however it will continue to be my daily commuter bike.

I would indeed recommend either of the above bikes because I ride them. I cannot speak of the other makes/models that they have.

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Old 06-24-10, 03:01 PM
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I've got both a road bike and mountain bike from them and think they give you the best deal around. As long as you can do the assembly and minor tunes yourself, you shouldn't need to spend any extra at a LBS. BD has some great deals between $600-1,000, and some insane deals above the $1,500 price point. They sell Ti road bikes, CF bikes, and the Kestrel brand bikes at ridiculous prices. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one, just email them about sizing or figure it out yourself, read lots of reviews on the bike you want to purchase, and get as much bike as you can for the money you can spend.
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Old 06-24-10, 03:24 PM
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search the forums for threads about Bikes Direct before you buy from them
there are enough negative stories about their services that I would avoid them

one of the brands they sell, Motobecane USA, has zero relation to the famous French bike builder
Bike Direct's Motobecane are Taiwanese built

I think Bike Direct is very misleading because they also sell Dawes USA bikes - which have zero relations with the great British bicycle builder also called Dawes
the Cycles Mercier they sell is not the same as the famous French team/bike of the 1930s to 1980s)
see where this is going?

Bikes Direct pretty much owns the brands it sells but has used great brand names of the past (of which they had no connections to) to sell under

they've either bought or changed the trademark - but it's misleading and gives the impression that you're buying product from those quality bike builders
you're not

you're buying mass produced bikes - the same mass produced bikes you can buy in your local bike shop but without any customer service, fitting, test riding...

go to your LBS
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Old 06-24-10, 04:15 PM
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So what about kestrel bikes?
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If you know what size to get and do a little research, BD bikes are a good value.
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If you get an aluminum one, think about getting the BB chased and faced and the headset faced. I went though a headset and two BB's before I figured that one out. Here I though my bad self was just putting in awesome miles and ripping through parts.
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Can't be beat for value. And they are good bikes. None of em are pseudobikes, meaning the wallyworld stuff that breaks really quickly.
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Old 06-24-10, 04:54 PM
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Thank you for not using the search feature. This topic never gets old.
BD is a master of "guerilla marketing through constant shilling." I think the Lance Armstrong marketing plan learned a few things from them.
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ive bought from bikes direct and have no problems.my first bike was a great starter . when i upgrade im def going to buy from them again. as long as you do your research for fitting and know how to assemble your bike ( wich is very simple). also make sure there are good reviews for the model you are looking at and you are good to go. local bike shops you can pay for a name and get less for your money , or u can get some real bang for your buck.
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