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Buying new bike - carbon frame / aluminium frame / better wheels? / SRAM?

Old 03-25-11, 03:15 PM
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Buying new bike - carbon frame / aluminium frame / better wheels? / SRAM?

A little history - I haven't been on a bike in about 2 years but I finally have the time and money to get back into the sport, yes! I've been searching Craigslist for about a week but nothing great in my size range has caught my eye, so I'm going to my LBS hoping to buy something new.

I've happily owned both an Allez and a Tarmac in the past so I'll probably go with Specialized - plus that's what my shop sells. I'm leaning heavily towards a carbon frame like the Roubaix or Tarmac because the last carbon frame I had was amazing, but I'm also wondering if an aluminum bike with nice wheels would be better. I'm also noticing that the lower end Tarmac/Roubaix bikes have SRAM. Thoughts?
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Since it's at the LBS, take them for a ride. If you are looking at the at the <$2000 range, I don't think any of the wheels are anything to shout about.

Best get the better frame now. Upgrade wheels later (wheel hunting is fun).

Sram is good, if you were using Shimano (you probably were), let the test ride tell you whether you like double tap shifting.

Lastly, when in doubt, choose the better looking bike!
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Get a carbon frame. Only time I would ever consider an aluminum frame is for a disposable crit bike. Your preference for riding postion will dicate Roubaix or Tarmac...most long time cyclists prefer the handling and acceleration of the Tarmac but if you prize comfort, the Roubaix wins.
Srams is great. All of gruppo manufacturers make great stuff...personal preference.
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If you can afford carbon, get it! As for drivetrain, just make sure you're on a 10 speed groupo and it'll perform well. I have the new Apex and it's shifting as smooth as 105 or Rival.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
Get a carbon frame. Only time I would ever consider an aluminum frame is for a disposable crit bike. Your preference for riding postion will dicate Roubaix or Tarmac...most long time cyclists prefer the handling and acceleration of the Tarmac but if you prize comfort, the Roubaix wins.
Srams is great. All of gruppo manufacturers make great stuff...personal preference.
Really? Disposable? Damn I wish I had a 24-pack of Caad10s.
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check some of the pedal force deals
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It sounded like carbon was the way to go so I bought a 2011 Tarmac Apex Elite (SRAM setup) this weekend and it's being shipped from Specialized within the week. Looking forward to getting out on the road!
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Excellent. Great bike. Be sure to post pics and a ride report once you get it.
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Originally Posted by wanlogan
Really? Disposable? Damn I wish I had a 24-pack of Caad10s.
When and where should I dispose of this?


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Originally Posted by UCIMBZ
When and where should I dispose of this?


Send it to me, I'll gladly dispose of that for you. Don't even care if it's my size, I'll hang it on my wall and charge admission for people to come look at it.
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