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Old 12-14-04, 08:32 AM
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Bike buying dilemmas-need advice

I知 new to road biking, and am looking at getting a road bike in the very near future. Currently, I知 riding a friend痴 Giant Perigree (downtube shifters). I was initially looking around the $1000.00 pricepoint. After a closer look at the budget, it looks like I might not be able to spend that much, unless some Christmas money can help out!

Is it better to get a bike you can afford even though it has Sora components and upgrade later? Or is it better to try and get a higher end bike w/ better components that you can 堵row into? I was looking at the Trek 1000, and I致e read some posts about the limitations w/ the Sora shifters, and 8 spd cassette. Is it common to upgrade a bike even before taking it out of the shop? Is it cost effective to upgrade shifters, cassettes and rear de, right from the start? I致e been trying to find some good deals on 04 bikes, most of the Treks seem to be cleaned out around here, one LBS does have an 04 Specialized Allez Elite for 999.00 w/ full 105. Hopefully, its still around when I知 ready to put down some money. Thanks for any advice!
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What size frame, and can you deal with a triple

All of the following is predicated on the assumption that both bikes fit you equally well. If not, go with fit before components.

If I were you I would not get a bike with an 8 sp cassette. 9 or 10 sp seems to be what all the better gruppos use, so to upgrade, you would have to upgrade the cassette, the rear derailleur and the shifters at the same time. If you buy a 9 sp, you can upgrade one item at a time as it wears out. Then again, with ultegra going to 10 sp, I don't know how long 9 sp will really be compatible with higher end gruppos, so the advantage of upgrading piecemeal may not really be there for much longer. Still if you can swing it I'd go for the better bike, or try to find a used bike ( again ).

Edit: As to cost effective to upgrade right at the shop, I don't know, the only way to find out is to ask the shop. Some might do it for a reasonable price, others wont. But your shop can't buy components as inexpensively as Trek, Giant and Specialized, so my guess is that upgrading at the shop won't make much financial sense.
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IF the Specialized fits I would see if you can put what money you have now down on it to be sure it is yours and then pay it off as quickly as you can. I would guess if you can put $300-$400 down on the Allez they will hold it and let you pay off the rest for 2 or 3 months with no issue. I too would avoid the Sora.
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Originally Posted by dhfd
I知 new to road biking, and am looking at getting a road bike in the very near future. Currently, I知 riding a friend痴 Giant Perigree (downtube shifters). I was initially looking around the $1000.00 pricepoint. After a closer look at the budget, it looks like I might not be able to spend that much, unless some Christmas money can help out!

Is it better to get a bike you can afford even though it has Sora components and upgrade later? Or is it better to try and get a higher end bike w/ better components that you can 堵row into? I was looking at the Trek 1000, and I致e read some posts about the limitations w/ the Sora shifters, and 8 spd cassette. Is it common to upgrade a bike even before taking it out of the shop? Is it cost effective to upgrade shifters, cassettes and rear de, right from the start? I致e been trying to find some good deals on 04 bikes, most of the Treks seem to be cleaned out around here, one LBS does have an 04 Specialized Allez Elite for 999.00 w/ full 105. Hopefully, its still around when I知 ready to put down some money. Thanks for any advice!
Don't buy a bottom of the barrel bike with the idea of upgrading.You'll spend even more money,and still have a bottom of the barrel frame. There are a few sora equipped bikes that have a frame that is worth it,but they are the exception.
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Originally Posted by sydney
Don't buy a bottom of the barrel bike with the idea of upgrading.You'll spend even more money,and still have a bottom of the barrel frame. There are a few sora equipped bikes that have a frame that is worth it,but they are the exception.
Is the Trek 1200 a good bike to start out with, what's the difference between the SL (1000 & 1200) and SLR frame (1500)?
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i just bought my wife a bike and couldn't handle spending 800$ on a bottom end sora equipped bike. spent a week scouring ebay and got her a 2002 litespeed(alu) frame built up with all new ultegra components and a nice wheelset for under 800$. there's deals to be had if you look around.
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