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This is not your usual "what carbon bike should I get" thread

Old 08-22-10, 10:44 AM
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This is not your usual "what carbon bike should I get" thread

I've been riding for a looooong time and have a "few" bike. Last year I rode 8,000 miles on a combination of a few old rebuilt classics, single speeds, and my Litespeed Ultimate. Most of these are bikes I built up from frames.

What I haven't tried is a carbon road bike. So, which bike should I try? I'm not opposed to used -- I have had great luck finding bikes that someone paid a gjillion dollars for, rode 200 miles and then stored it in the attic for 10 years.

So, what brands and models should I watch for: Look, Cervelo, Trek, etc?

Many thanks

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Avoid Trek Madones. Too many problems. I have a Cervelo S2 (2009) and a Scott Addict R2 (2010). No problems. Both outstanding bikes. Which is better? Flip a coin.

If I were in the market for another bike I'd also look hard at Specialized SL3's, Felt, and the Cannondale Super Six.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Avoid Trek Madones. Too many problems.
Has anyone had any problems with the TCT Madones? Every report that I've seen has been with an OCLV frame. I wonder if there's a problem with the OCLV process.
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Old 08-22-10, 11:36 AM
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Almost every well known brand out there, Trek included, makes a good carbon frame.
The question is obvious, how good of a frame are you looking for? Which leads into the question of how much money you want to part with.
There's certianly not much wrong with a Cannondale Six, a good value carbon frame.
Until you've ridden the SuperSix.
Geometry is another consideration, do you want something more relaxed for longer rides, check out the Giant Defy or Specialized Roubaix.
Or something a little more agressive, Giant TCR, Speicalized Tarmac, or the Supersix.

You can roll the dice and pick something up online, or go to a dealer and test ride a couple of frames until you find the one you like.
This being your initiation into the world of carbon, I'd go with the latter.
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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
I've been riding for a looooong time and have a "few" bike. Last year I rode 8,000 miles on a combination of a few old rebuilt classics, single speeds, and my Litespeed Ultimate. Most of these are bikes I built up from frames.

What I haven't tried is a carbon road bike. So, which bike should I try? I'm not opposed to used -- I have had great luck finding bikes that someone paid a gjillion dollars for, rode 200 miles and then stored it in the attic for 10 years.

So, what brands and models should I watch for: Look, Cervelo, Trek, etc?

Many thanks

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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
So, what brands and models should I watch for: Look, Cervelo, Trek, etc?
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If you don't want to mess around, want to get a new bike, and want top-shelf components:
- Cannondale SuperSix Hi-MOD 1
(Good warranty, good components, no-nonsense)

If you want to be different (and you seem to have experience building up bikes):
Ritte Bosberg
https://www.ritteracing.com/store/rit...iewspecs/id/53


But really, get the Bosberg. I really want one myself but I have too many bikes ATM.
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That Ritte is really sexy.
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Giant TCR is best bang for the buck IMO
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That Ritte is really sexy.
Yeah, but you can buy it from pedal force for half the price without the paint job.
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Yes, this is very much the same old thread.

It will quickly fill with "recommendations" of the bike each responder personally owns.
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Yes, this is very much the same old thread.

It will quickly fill with "recommendations" of the bike each responder personally owns.
I don't own any of the bikes I recommended. Just saying...

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Yeah, but you can buy it from pedal force for half the price without the paint job.
The paintjob might be argued to be worth the price; plus the PF does not come with the sexy matte finish .
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Plenty of good carbon frames out there. Depends on your budget and needs I guess. If you like to build them up from the frame you have even more options to choose from. New as well as used. I have a Cannondale but have lately been looking at all the new Carbons coming out like the Colagno C59 Italia. Salivate. ..
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That Ritte is really gorpy.
Fixed.
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what the hell is 'gorpy'?
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Originally Posted by paste_me View Post
Yeah, but you can buy it from pedal force for half the price without the paint job.
This is exactly right.

https://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...74005&start=30
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Yes, this is very much the same old thread.

It will quickly fill with "recommendations" of the bike each responder personally owns.
I don't own a Supersix or a Specialized Tarmac but I would recomend either to someone serious about riding.
Nor do I own a Defy, or Synapse (I do however own a Roubaix), and I would recommend any of those bikes to someone looking for a bike that combines comfort and performance.

But yeah, this will end up being just another "what bike should I buy" thread.
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Old 08-22-10, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Avoid Trek Madones. Too many problems.
I meant to ask in my first reply, where do you draw your conclusions from?
Please send me a pointer that doesn't start with www.bikeforums.net/showthred-Avoid-Trek-Madones
Don't bother clicking, the link is ficticious.
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8,000 miles? Specialized Roubaix. Maybe with a Brooks B17 – you deserve it.
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My teammate's 500mi old 2010 Madone 6.9 cracked last week. I wouldn't buy one.
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One of the guys on the tuesday night ride has a 2007 Madone which he races hard.
20,000 miles and it hasn't cracked.
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I have nothing to add to this thread other the fact that there is a guy that rides in the same club that I do that has a SuperSix, and that bike is beautiful.
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Thanks. This is all very helpfu. Let's take the thread in a different direction. What are some older CF frames that are both interesting and performance oriented?

To give you some perspective, here is one of my C&V beasts I took out for 40 miles this morning:

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What about Focus I just got one! Really it just depends go online find a bike that you think is pretty! Then head to a bike shop sit on it and if you like it buy it! Everyones different but I think almost all bikes are the same just some are better values as far as components!
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Thanks. This is all very helpfu. Let's take the thread in a different direction. What are some older CF frames that are both interesting and performance oriented?

To give you some perspective, here is one of my C&V beasts I took out for 40 miles this morning:

I'm not sure where I stand on that bike, but you should definately revive the "Hot or Not" thread by posting the photo and getting other's opinions. Seriously!

The 03-05 Giant TCR Telecom/ T-Mobile bikes had a similar color to them and I know those frames are still available on ebay,

I always liked the look (and performance) of my first CF bike, the 06 TCR C1.
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I'm not sure where I stand on that bike, but you should definately revive the "Hot or Not" thread by posting the photo and getting other's opinions. Seriously!

The 03-05 Giant TCR Telecom/ T-Mobile bikes had a similar color to them and I know those frames are still available on ebay,

I always liked the look (and performance) of my first CF bike, the 06 TCR C1.
To truly appreciate this color scheme you have to realize that this is a 1987 Dave Scott Ironman with the Miami Vice paint job.
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