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Thinking of getting my first road bike

Old 12-17-11, 10:55 PM
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Thinking of getting my first road bike

I'm planning to do a few century's next summer and am thinking about finally giving in and getting my first road bike. I've been looking at the Trek 1.1 and was wondering what everybody here thinks of it.
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Well, you would be buying the lowest end components available on a bike in a bike shop. That doesn't mean it won't serve your purpose, but it's basically Ford Escort of a road bike. You could probably get something similar from a sporting goods store for less. But if you do buy a Trek (or any bike) at your lbs you should be getting some fitting services, a competent initial build and a year of tuning and that can be more than worth the extra cost. But if your paying for those services it's nice to pay a couple hundred more for a nice bike. The next model up gets you into a carbon fork (among other upgrades) and for riding centuries I think that would prove beneficial.
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Go to a LBS and get fitted and talk to them about the kind of riding you'll be doing and they'll suggest to you bikes that will fulfill your intended purposes so you'll have a better and more enjoyable ride.

You would be surprised how much of a difference a better group system (even sora/tiagra from that low level shimano 2300 stuff) and components would make when riding long distances.
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And do yourself a huge favor and look at more than just a trek.
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And do yourself a huge favor and look at more than just a trek.
Didja read the bottom of his post? The boy likes Treks.
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Old 12-17-11, 11:53 PM
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Thanks for the help everybody. The 1.2 would have been my initial choice but I hate that red paint scheme and am loving the scheme on the 1.1. My question now is would it be feasible to to buy that bike and upgrade the components to sora or tiagra? I may look into specialized also but I think I'll end up with Trek as I have 2 and have had another one and only has one problem that was corrected very quickly under warrantee.
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Originally Posted by richard4993 View Post
Thanks for the help everybody. The 1.2 would have been my initial choice but I hate that red paint scheme and am loving the scheme on the 1.1. My question now is would it be feasible to to buy that bike and upgrade the components to sora or tiagra? I may look into specialized also but I think I'll end up with Trek as I have 2 and have had another one and only has one problem that was corrected very quickly under warrantee.
Not worth effort to upgrade the 1.1, the 1.2 gets you the carbon fork with about the same level of components. If I was buying and upgrading I would just get the 1.5 it's much cheaper to buy the upgrade OEM and it's the same frame as the 1.1 with a carbon fork which helps smooth the ride out if you believe the marketing hype

Also I understand your opinion towards trek, but I would say that as a buying it new purchase, all of the major manufacturers will be good about warranty, a lot of that is about the LBS you buy the bike from. A good shop will take care of that crap so it's not a hassle for you (bike being down for weeks etc).

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Originally Posted by richard4993 View Post
Thanks for the help everybody. The 1.2 would have been my initial choice but I hate that red paint scheme and am loving the scheme on the 1.1. My question now is would it be feasible to to buy that bike and upgrade the components to sora or tiagra? I may look into specialized also but I think I'll end up with Trek as I have 2 and have had another one and only has one problem that was corrected very quickly under warrantee.
Parts typically cost a lot more when bought individually. And the 2300 stuff won't bring much in off-setting resale. By the time your're done you may end up pretty close to the cost of the 1.5. Nothing wrong with that though, is there?

But if you can't swing it then remember, when your riding the bike you don't really look at it much.
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Perhaps you can find a 2011 1.2. It's white with blue.
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Old 12-18-11, 12:24 AM
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I'm seeing that my LBS has a 2011 1.2 online but I have no idea if they even have my size. I know I'm a 21 inch frame on a Hybrid/Mountain bike but I have no idea what the comparible sizing in cm's would be. I may also think about throwing some money into a 1.5 even though I didn't want to spend that much.
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Originally Posted by noise boy View Post
Not worth effort to upgrade the 1.1, the 1.2 gets you the carbon fork with about the same level of components. If I was buying and upgrading I would just get the 1.5 it's much cheaper to buy the upgrade OEM and it's the same frame as the 1.1 with a carbon fork which helps smooth the ride out if you believe the marketing hype

Also I understand your opinion towards trek, but I would say that as a buying it new purchase, all of the major manufacturers will be good about warranty, a lot of that is about the LBS you buy the bike from. A good shop will take care of that crap so it's not a hassle for you (bike being down for weeks etc).
I agree. I don't happen to like the looks of many of the treks (except for the Concept), but I understand your desire to stick with a brand that's been good to you. I think noise boy is right that most of the bike brands are going to sell good products. You may find some quirks from brand to brand, but this isn't like buying a Ford Pinto. :-) Just find one that fits you well! I happen to like aluminum frames, but the carbon fork would be a good investment. And, yes to higher level components. I think most people on this site would say go with Shimano 105 if you can. Good luck!
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If you are going to be doing century's and more longer distance riding get a bike with a taller head tube, a more relaxed geomerty. Do not get a bike with a aluminum fork or you will be sorry. Just recently I was in your position, and I did a ton of research and rode, and compared every bike out there. I ended up buying the Cannondale Synapse, and I'm glad I did. The Cannnondale's ride was far smoother and much more comfortable than any Trek, Specialized or Giant bike I tried. I did infact ride the Trek 1.2 and it did not come close to the Cannondale Synapse. If you have to drive a ways to get to a Cannondale dealer, do yourself a favor and go and at least try it, you'll be glad you did. A new bike is a pretty hefty investment, so try everything before making your choice.

Cannondale really was not on my list, but I went into a Trek dealer who also sold Cannondale so I got to try both side by side. I'll be honest, the Trek was like riding on a jackhammer compared to the Cannondale. The cost was a few hundred dollars less than the Trek, and the bike shop even upgraded the rear derailleur from a Sora to a Tiagra free of charge. It's the 2011 model so I got a really nice deal. Here it is, and I'll never regret this purchase.



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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Didja read the bottom of his post? The boy likes Treks.
IK, and my advice is still sound, pigeonholing yourself to one brand for whatever reason is just plain stupid (well, maybe if you get the bike for free, then you are being smart).

There are so many other (arguably) better options out there that may cost less and even be a better fit for the rider makes no sense to look at only one brand of bike.

Your money, spend as you wish but you have no idea if you are missing out on things that are much better for YOU.
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Originally Posted by Capecodder View Post
If you are going to be doing century's and more longer distance riding get a bike with a taller head tube, a more relaxed geomerty. Do not get a bike with a aluminum fork or you will be sorry. Just recently I was in your position, and I did a ton of research and rode, and compared every bike out there. I ended up buying the Cannondale Synapse, and I'm glad I did. The Cannnondale's ride was far smoother and much more comfortable than any Trek, Specialized or Giant bike I tried. I did infact ride the Trek 1.2 and it did not come close to the Cannondale Synapse. If you have to drive a ways to get to a Cannondale dealer, do yourself a favor and go and at least try it, you'll be glad you did. A new bike is a pretty hefty investment, so try everything before making your choice.

Cannondale really was not on my list, but I went into a Trek dealer who also sold Cannondale so I got to try both side by side. I'll be honest, the Trek was like riding on a jackhammer compared to the Cannondale. The cost was a few hundred dollars less than the Trek, and the bike shop even upgraded the rear derailleur from a Sora to a Tiagra free of charge. It's the 2011 model so I got a really nice deal. Here it is, and I'll never regret this purchase.
There actually is a Cannondale dealer near by but I don't know how great their customer service is if I ever have an issue down the road. The LBS that I go to has just Trek and Specialized to choose from and they are very good in terms of service and have even thrown in a few things for free in the past. I might end up trying the Cannondale though and see if it's really worth it to buy it from another shop.
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The thing is that you want a bike that fits you well, within reason you can adjust your fit by using different stems and seatposts or some such, but generally you just want to buy a bike that feels like it fits you right. There is a problem with sticking to only one brand when they have limited choice in your price range, they plain might not have the right fitting frame for your proportions. A good LBS should be able to help you with this though, so if you trust your LBS they can probably tell you all about this.
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Originally Posted by richard4993 View Post
There actually is a Cannondale dealer near by but I don't know how great their customer service is if I ever have an issue down the road. The LBS that I go to has just Trek and Specialized to choose from and they are very good in terms of service and have even thrown in a few things for free in the past. I might end up trying the Cannondale though and see if it's really worth it to buy it from another shop.
Who cares about their customer service? The shop you currently use will service a Cannondale or any brand for that matter, and if they are infact a good shop they will not mind you buying a bike elsewhere. Don't buy a bike just cause that's what your shop sells, that's rediculous, and not in your best interest.
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I was just looking at this one. It has some better components than what the 1.1 has and fits into my price range. I may try and get a test ride on this once the winter is over.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
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I think you should try road bikes from major brands in your price range. Rank them according to how well you like the ride. Then compare components, color, etc. I bet you'll narrow your choices down to two or three pretty quickly. And I get my bike serviced at a shop that doesn't sell Treks. They were happy to tune my Trek.

There are a lot of people with different opinions. Selecting a bike involves personal preference.
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I was just looking at this one. It has some better components than what the 1.1 has and fits into my price range. I may try and get a test ride on this once the winter is over.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
Excellent choice, it will be fairly comparable to the trek 1.2, and have the carbon fork. Well worth riding all of them (1.1, 1.2, 1.5 and the allez) to see what you think.
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I was riding my Utopia front suspension hybrid out in Jersey and I said then I need a faster bike so I went to the LBS yesterday to take some test rides. There was no Allez Sport or 1.5 assembled so I took out the 1.2 and the Allez Comp. out of the two I think i actually like the 1.2 better which was the cheaper bike. The one thing I really liked on the Trek over the Specialized was the shifters, I wasn't to in love with that one click to go up and two to go down. I like having different levers as I find it eaisier to shift. Other than that i didn't feel to much of a difference between the two other than the fact that i had to lean over more on the Trek. I wasn't able to go up anty hills as there was nothing that steep anywhere near the LBS.
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Sounds like the Specialized had Sram shifters. Most companies, Trek and Specialized included, have a few bikes with Sram components and a few with Shimano in their line ups. I wouldn't rule out a maker because the specific bike you tried had them. Just remember to ask to try bikes with Shimano shifters when you are testing.
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I had Sram Apex on the Specialized -vs- Shimano Sora on the Trek. I want to ride the 1.5 and 2.1 however and see if I feel the difference is good enough to justify the extra cost to have either full Tiagra or full 105 components rather than Sora front and Tiagra rear.
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