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Pls help me decide - first road bike??

Old 10-29-11, 08:03 PM
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Pls help me decide - first road bike??

Hi All,

I have been test riding some road bikes following are some of the bikes and sizes that i like.. but now I am really confused as to which one to go with.

Can you experts also suggest if the pricing is right ?

1) 2011 54cm Raleigh Revenio 2.0 Aluminum frame + carbon forks.
$750 - Shimano sora

2) 2011 54cm Raleigh Revenio 1.0 Aluminum frame + steel forks.
$600 - Shimano 2300

3) 2012 54cm Raleigh Revenio 1.0 Aluminum frame + steel forks.
$650 - Shimano 2300

4) 2011 54cm Specialized Secteur Sport T Aluminum frame + carbon forks.
$749.99 - Shimano Sora components.
https://www.greggscycles.com/CartGenie/prod-11828.htm

5) 2011 52cm Fuji Roubaix 3.0 Aluminum frame + carbon forks.
$699.99 - Shimano Sora components.

Fitwise, All these 5 bikes fit me well and with proper bikefit all these bikes would be ok. So which one would be the best bang for the buck ?

Thanks in advance.
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the only one I can speak of with knowledge is the Secteur, it was my first road and I still ride it. Great entry level bike but once you ride another that has shimano 105 or srams double-tap, the shifting will feel very inadequate. on that note, it isnt bad to start out on. Mine has a ton of miles on it and have done no extraordinary work on it
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There are two things to worry about here.

The first is that you want a good shop.

The second is that you want a good fit. Lots and lots
of people getting back into cycling buy a bike that's a size too small.

Ask the shops you've gone to about bike fitting. The answer should tell you
what shop to go to. Which will narrow down the bike choice.
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If you are thinking of really getting into the sport then I would wait a bit and save about 1K for a bike that you won't want to upgrade after a year of riding. However if your just gonna ride around and not get to competitive then I agree with the other guys and say go to your local bike shop and test ride as many as you can. Also once you get one you think you want to get test ride it multiple times for a minimum of ten miles if they will let you. (most of them will)
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I was recently looking for a road bike too and decided to go with the Raleigh Revenio2.0.
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Originally Posted by InvisibleRider
Hi All,

I have been test riding some road bikes following are some of the bikes and sizes that i like.. but now I am really confused as to which one to go with.

Thanks in advance.
Of those, IMO, Fuji.





If you have access to any, check out the Cannondale
CAAD8, Specialized Allez Elite and a Trek 1.1.

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I would spend a little more money for a first bike. You can get an aluminum BMC with 105s for $1000. And I bet you can get a Tiagra bike from BD for $6-700.

The Sora shifters are terrible. The derailleurs are actually fine, but the STI shifters--which are the most important (IMO) road bike innovation in a long time, and a very expensive component, make the difference in price between a Sora and Tiagra bike worth it to me.
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If you want a cheap Sora bike, I'd get this
https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_203157

$499 - 15% (current discount) + delivery + tax (if applicable)

From the same vendor, there's also

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_203157
105 shifters for $799 base price

and this for $750 base price. heavier but more rugged
https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_203157
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I've had good luck with my Fuji, which has Sora components. I'm about 60 miles shy of having 12,000 miles on it. Although I have a newer carbon fiber bike, I still ride the Fuji regularly. I would agree with others. Test ride and get one that fits.
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Originally Posted by late
There are two things to worry about here.

The first is that you want a good shop.

The second is that you want a good fit. Lots and lots
of people getting back into cycling buy a bike that's a size too small.

Ask the shops you've gone to about bike fitting. The answer should tell you
what shop to go to. Which will narrow down the bike choice.
I am 5'10 with an inseam of 32" so most of the sizes were big for me.
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how about this one ?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/2677552214.html

Its a used bike but looks like the parts are good...
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Of those, I'd get the Fuji!

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Originally Posted by InvisibleRider
Hi All,

I have been test riding some road bikes following are some of the bikes and sizes that i like.. but now I am really confused as to which one to go with.

... So which one would be the best bang for the buck ?
Thanks in advance.
The reason you're confused is that for all intents, you;re looking at the same bike.
There's likely not going to be a big difference at this price level.

The components are all serviceable and will do well for someone who takes time to get familiar with their use and keeps up good service on them.

I would (when not considering vintage stuff) always go with a carbon fork over steel or alu. You may not notice it after a 1 hr ride, but after a few hours in the saddle, the carbon fork will be more forgiving and comfortable, without loosing performance.

Fit is important, but if you think you have that covered then there is going to be something which sets one of those considered, apart.
If you're on a budget, then money you don;t spend can be used later for a good set of replacement tires and really light tubes, when the stock stuff wears out. That's performance you will feel immediately.
Otherwise nothing works as well as time riding and doing the things which improve the motor.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider
Of those, I'd get the Fuji!

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Why Fuji and why not Specialized or Raleigh ? I am trying to find out that one small point which will push me off the cliff towards a particular manufacturer
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Originally Posted by cyclezen
The reason you're confused is that for all intents, you;re looking at the same bike.
There's likely not going to be a big difference at this price level.

The components are all serviceable and will do well for someone who takes time to get familiar with their use and keeps up good service on them.

I would (when not considering vintage stuff) always go with a carbon fork over steel or alu. You may not notice it after a 1 hr ride, but after a few hours in the saddle, the carbon fork will be more forgiving and comfortable, without loosing performance.

Fit is important, but if you think you have that covered then there is going to be something which sets one of those considered, apart.
If you're on a budget, then money you don;t spend can be used later for a good set of replacement tires and really light tubes, when the stock stuff wears out. That's performance you will feel immediately.
Otherwise nothing works as well as time riding and doing the things which improve the motor.
So does that mean buying a used bike at a lower price and then replacing parts as needed also works towards making a good bike ?

After couple of weeks of test rides and reading, I have started thinking that a good beginner bike is the one with aluminium frame and carbon forks, that fits you well and which has got decent components on it.. correct ?
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