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A good entry level bike?

Old 01-30-11, 10:09 PM
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A good entry level bike?

Hi all,
I am pretty sure this kinda thread has been done to death but I would love some opinions about some entry level bikes. So, I have never ridden a bike competitively or anything but I am looking for a good entry level bike that I can use to ride around the city and just have a little fun. Some bikes I am looking at are: specialized allez steel double, raleigh revenio 1.0, raleigh revenio 2.0, trek 1.1, trek 1.2. What are some pros and cons of these bikes? Also, are there any similar bikes that I can consider that are like these bikes? Brands like bianchi, fuji, or giant? My price range is around 500-800. Thanks.
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Brands don't matter.
Get a bike that fits you and have fun with it.
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Fuji Newest 3.0. The perfect bike in that range. Performance Bike has them on sale all the time. If you are patient you can get one for about $450, maybe even less. I bought one in October 2010 for $400 and sold it for $500.
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if you can raise your budget a little you can get a lot nicer bike but if not you are on the right track
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If I were to raise my budget what bikes would you recommend?
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Brands don't matter.
Get a bike that fits you and have fun with it.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Fuji Newest 3.0. The perfect bike in that range. Performance Bike has them on sale all the time. If you are patient you can get one for about $450, maybe even less. I bought one in October 2010 for $400 and sold it for $500.
Got to add my vote for Newest 3.0. Bought this bike 2 years ago, was very happy it.
Then one day it got stolen, upgraded to Newest 1.0.
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Originally Posted by schrutefarms View Post
If I were to raise my budget what bikes would you recommend?
Something that is 10sp. As a foundation: Shimano 105.

Keep in mind if you invest more upfront, ideally you won't have to be spending another $500-600 4 months later when you realize you dislike Sora/Tiagra. Also, if you stick to your current budget, I would strongly suggest buying used. Read up on the forums for tips on what to look for and how to figure out your sizes/preferences.

Don't forget about all the other overhead costs of getting into cycling, whether it be recreational or maybe more than that. You still need a helmet, some cycling clothes, water bottles, shoes, etc. That all adds up, really fast.
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I agree about getting ssomething with a 10 speed, save yourself a headache thinking about not upgrading for a while.
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I vote go used, but that's just me. It took me a couple of months to find exactly what I wanted at the price I wanted on CL but I was happy with it for a while, didn't overspend and now I know (sort of) what I'm looking for in my next bike.
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My friend bought a used 06 Trek 1000 that had been upgraded to Ultegra and had speedplay pedals for $500. I vote used
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Originally Posted by K. Olsen View Post
My friend bought a used 06 Trek 1000 that had been upgraded to Ultegra and had speedplay pedals for $500. I vote used
Jealous.

Similar deal on my end. 07 Trek 1600 with 105/Ultegra mix for $500. Only gripe about the bike is the paired spoke wheels prone to explosions.
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Originally Posted by KiuBWhy View Post
Something that is 10sp. As a foundation: Shimano 105.

Keep in mind if you invest more upfront, ideally you won't have to be spending another $500-600 4 months later when you realize you dislike Sora/Tiagra. Also, if you stick to your current budget, I would strongly suggest buying used. Read up on the forums for tips on what to look for and how to figure out your sizes/preferences.

Don't forget about all the other overhead costs of getting into cycling, whether it be recreational or maybe more than that. You still need a helmet, some cycling clothes, water bottles, shoes, etc. That all adds up, really fast.
Anything new with 105's is going to double his budget.
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thanks for all the replies. i will be looking out for bikes on CL and will do some more research about parts of bikes and everything. hopefully ill be lucky enough to find a good trek or any other good bikes on CL. ill keep you guys posted on what i find. thanks
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Fuji Newest 3.0. The perfect bike in that range. Performance Bike has them on sale all the time. If you are patient you can get one for about $450, maybe even less. I bought one in October 2010 for $400 and sold it for $500.
got the email from them today, leftover 2010's fro $449
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Scott speedster s30 tiagra $799 on eBay direct from store
He'll of a deal, best one in the brand name market I think.
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Used is not a bad idea in a first time bike. There are some very good deals out there now. Good luck.
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got the email from them today, leftover 2010's fro $449
That's a good price. I paid about that...then about a month later they had an internet sale for $399. Took the receipt in to the store and they refunded the difference.
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Schrutefarms if you do go the used route, will you know which frame size will fit you? I would rather have a new Shimano 2300 bike than a Shimano 105 bike that did not fit me. If this is your first road bike, make sure it FITS and go to a LBS and have them help you find a bike in your budget. Of my 3 bikes, my Jamis was the best value at $450 new. It can do everything that I can on my other bikes. I have even raced on it, and it didn't hold me back one bit. An entry level bike is not a waste of money in my opinion unless you upgrade it. Don't. Just keep riding your entry level bike and save up for your next bike. Keep your first bike and use it as your rain bike. I would also opt for a compact double unless you live in a very hilly region. The Fuji Newest 3.0 is a triple and I cannot recommend a triple.

https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...turasport.html
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Schrutefarms if you do go the used route, will you know which frame size will fit you? I would rather have a new Shimano 2300 bike than a Shimano 105 bike that did not fit me. If this is your first road bike, make sure it FITS and go to a LBS and have them help you find a bike in your budget. Of my 3 bikes, my Jamis was the best value at $450 new. It can do everything that I can on my other bikes. I have even raced on it, and it didn't hold me back one bit. An entry level bike is not a waste of money in my opinion unless you upgrade it. Don't. Just keep riding your entry level bike and save up for your next bike. Keep your first bike and use it as your rain bike. I would also opt for a compact double unless you live in a very hilly region. The Fuji Newest 3.0 is a triple and I cannot recommend a triple.

https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...turasport.html
Lots of good advice here. Also in the entry-level pricing area, Cannondale Synapse and CAAD8, Felt Z100, and a host of others, almost all of the major manufacturers have a Sora/Tiagra bike in the 700-1000 range. In the end the components on all of them will be approximately the same, the biggest differences will be in the frame design and colors. Ride as many different bikes as possible, one of them will speak to you.
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Giant's Defy series will also be in your price range. The Defy 1 being the most expensive ($1200) with 105 group and Defy 2 and 3 being $800 and under. I spent the extra $$ for my first and current road bike (2009 Defy 1) to have the 105 components. I did notice a difference in shifting between the Defy 1 and Defy 2. I'm glad I spent the extra $$. I haven't ridden any bikes with better groupo so I'm happy with my 105 after a year and a half. The Synapse was another one I liked, but it had a 6 month wait so I fell into the Defy. Just try out as many bikes as you can find in the price range you want to stay at. Also knowing what kind of riding you want to do will help narrow it down. I only tried relaxed geometry bikes because I wasn't sure how I'd like riding a road bike and I was only interested in riding in centuries and other longer races/rides.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
Anything new with 105's is going to double his budget.
Almost Full 105 and not double his max (1600)...that's if he pays sticker price.
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Originally Posted by KiuBWhy View Post
Almost Full 105 and not double his max (1600)...that's if he pays sticker price.
I was thinking about his lower budget. The 2.0 is 50% over his high end budget. For about $900, he can get the ACR 3.0.
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I would ask if the bike shop has used bikes or trade-ins. I was lucky last year a bought a Giant OCR C3 carbon fiber bike with Shimano 105 group for $750. The bike was a couple of years old but in great shape and was serviced regularly by the bike shop. Some great deals are out there you just have to be patient...good luck.
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Schrutefarms if you do go the used route, will you know which frame size will fit you? I would rather have a new Shimano 2300 bike than a Shimano 105 bike that did not fit me. If this is your first road bike, make sure it FITS and go to a LBS and have them help you find a bike in your budget. Of my 3 bikes, my Jamis was the best value at $450 new. It can do everything that I can on my other bikes. I have even raced on it, and it didn't hold me back one bit. An entry level bike is not a waste of money in my opinion unless you upgrade it. Don't. Just keep riding your entry level bike and save up for your next bike. Keep your first bike and use it as your rain bike. I would also opt for a compact double unless you live in a very hilly region. The Fuji Newest 3.0 is a triple and I cannot recommend a triple.

https://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...turasport.html
I live in San Francisco, so i guess theres a fair amount of hills? I honestly don't know much about bikes since this is all pretty new to me. What are the differences between a double and a triple? What about the different amount of speeds? What is Ultegra and 105, 2300? If there are any links that you guys can direct me to so I can read up on these things, that would be great. Thanks
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