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Getting more into road cycling

Old 06-18-11, 06:32 PM
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Getting more into road cycling

Hey Guys,

A few months ago I bought a vintage Schwinn, weighs in at about 38 pounds. I live in a very hilly area and the extra weight and few speeds is starting to take a toll! So I'm looking at getting a new bike. Here are the bikes I'm looking at:

Fuji Newest 3.0 2010 around $6-800 (all prices listed are pre tax)
GT GTR Series 4 2010 $550
Raleigh Revenio 2.0 $765
Felt Z100 $720-765

What bike do you guys think would be the best bang for the buck? Thanks a ton!!
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Old 06-18-11, 08:00 PM
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Personally, I like the Felt the best although I think you'd get roughly the same value from each of them. At this price point, I think the best thing would be to see if you can try some out yourself and see which one feels the best.

I too came from a 38 pound bike (got a 17 pound one), and it makes a HUGE difference on the hills!
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Originally Posted by Runner 1 View Post
Personally, I like the Felt the best although I think you'd get roughly the same value from each of them. At this price point, I think the best thing would be to see if you can try some out yourself and see which one feels the best.

I too came from a 38 pound bike (got a 17 pound one), and it makes a HUGE difference on the hills!
+1 (Im biased, Love my Z-series, the attention to details - smooth welding)

But if weight is a major factor... I believe the Raleigh is the lightest followed by Felt, GT and the Fuji
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I've been happy with my GT so far... great value
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I've got the Revenio 3.0, but IIRC, the 2.0 is the same frame with different fiddly bits on it. Great bike, rides great and nicely built. If you are on the heavier side, the wheels might not be up to snuff...I busted 4 alloy nipples on mine before switching to brass and I'm 185lbs and not easy on rims.
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I'll admit to being biased. 11,000+ miles on my Fuji Newest 3.0 (Sora components). It was my first modern-day road bike. I moved up from riding a mountain bike on the road. I've since bought a carbon fiber bike, but I still have and ride the Fuji regularly. Fuji offers good bang for the buck.
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i would look at a Fuji Roubaix. you should be able to get one for about the price of what you listed for the newest.
Felt also makes good bikes for the money and the same for Giant.

your at that point though where you could spend a few more hundred bucks and get a lot nicer bike. say around the $1k range
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Yeah I've noticed that the bike in the thousand dollar range come with nicer components and are more worth upgrading in the future. Money is a little bit of an issue, not a huge deal, mostly just saving as much as I can for school, so I'd rather spend as little as possible to get the best bike I can. So I could go and buy a bike in the thousand dollar range, but the less I have to spend the better which is why I'm looking mostly at these bikes. And if I understand correctly, the extra hundred bucks will shave off maybe a pound or two on the weight and will get you better components, yes? My Dad is riding a Revenio 3.0 and I like the way it rides which is why I've put the 2.0 on my list. Unfortunately you don't get the Shimano 105 setup on the 2.0. I'm not concerned about weight, I'm 163 so I don't think I have to worry about busting any nipples.

One thing that is also part of the equation is the option of two or three chainring cranks. I like the simplicity of the double but I like the option of easy hill climbing with the triple. What are the pros and cons of doubles vs. triples? I know the triple will be slightly heavier. I am looking at gear ratios and so far the Felt Z100 has the best hill climbing ratio, the fraction equal to 1.07. But it has a triple crank. What are your thoughts? Thanks guys!
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Also I made a chart of all the different components on all these bikes and when I was looking at the GT GTR Series 4 2010 all I could find out about the shifters were that they are Shimano STI 8 Speeds. It seems to me that the STI can apply to anything from Sora to Ultegra, anyone know what the shifters are on the Series 4 2010? Thanks!
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