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$1400-1600 Entry Level Race Bike?

Old 02-20-12, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by darb85
Look for some specialized allez's they are great.
I think this is the other choice out there. CAADs are great - I had a CAAD9 - but the Allez is a better fit for me. I would check both out before you pulled the trigger. Either one of these bikes with either 105 or Rival would be awesome.
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Old 02-21-12, 04:24 AM
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Hey Comp...take a trip and see if you could work a 2011 54cm for $1200. new:
https://suburbanskiandbike.com/store/...-Bike-2011-54/
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Old 02-21-12, 04:35 AM
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Hmmm. The master of internet searches. You could make money doing this :-) Bike shops don't show up in any shopping sites. You have to dig data out of google search.
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Old 02-21-12, 04:46 AM
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Yeah. That's how I found my CAAD9.

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Call Al's Cycling Solutions if you haven't already on 10th Ave in NYC.
He's got a sale going on and I know he sells CAAD10's.
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Always buy new, unless it's chromoly steel. These are the best deals that I could find. They're all through bikesdirect.com:

1) www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/lechamp_cf_rival.htm

2) www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/immortal_heat_rival.htm

3) www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/grand_sprint_xii.htm

4) www.bikesdirect.com/products/schwinn/schwinn_letour_legacy_xi.htm

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Old 02-21-12, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SlimRider
[B][I]Always buy new, unless it's chromoly steel. These are the best deals that I could find. They're all through bikesdirect.com:
so i see you've moved on from trying to start frame material arguments to trying to start BD arguments. what is your deal? i don't get it. why can't you just recommend something reasonable for once?

also, here is some good stuff on your beloved Kestrel.
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Old 02-21-12, 07:42 AM
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Old 02-21-12, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by wkg
so i see you've moved on from trying to start frame material arguments to trying to start BD arguments. what is your deal? i don't get it. why can't you just recommend something reasonable for once?

also, here is some good stuff on your beloved Kestrel.
So what's so unreasonable about bikesdirect.com or their bikes?

The overwhelming majority of their bikes are of the Motobecane USA brand. Motobecane USA is most certainly above average in most instances, as it's bikes are made by Kinesis, based in Taiwan. Kinesis is an outstanding bicycle manufacturer with high quality control standards. Bikesdirect.com only markets Kinesis manufactured bicycles under the Motobecane USA brand.

The brand itself, has become somewhat of a generic brand, due to Motobecane USA's bikes, being sold almost exclusively through the online source, bikesdirect.com. However, the high standard of quality of Motobecane USA has been consistently maintained by Kinesis. This can do nothing but elevate the current generic image of all parties associated with the Motobecane USA brand name. This would include bikesdirect.com.

The only problem with buying from bikesdirect.com, would be getting the wrong sized bike for a newbie, in particular. However, they will exchange the bike for you, if there's a problem with sizing or fit.

- Slim

PS.

Kestrel was a very successful pioneer in the monocoque carbon fiber frame production of bicycles. It's name was sold to new owners not too long ago. To my understanding, they still produce decent bicycles.

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Old 02-21-12, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen
Poor guy in the middle invented both of those extreme characters, just to drive himself crazy!

He should have spent his time more wisely...
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I vote for the Caad10, great bike.
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Old 02-21-12, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by alexaschwanden
I vote for the Caad10, great bike.
Agreed.

Especially for what the OP is requesting (an entry-level race bike on a budget).
Carbon is the last thing he should be riding especially to start out with.
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Old 02-21-12, 11:09 AM
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The CAAD 9/10 is a great deal IMO. I also like the Allez E5 frame & the Cervelo Soloist/S1/etc. If you know what you want & your size, go CraigsList. You can always pick up a cheap frame & build it up...
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Go check out Felt's F75 as well.

https://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2012...eries/F75.aspx
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Originally Posted by darb85
Look for some specialized allez's they are great.
Great bike for the price too.

https://www.roadbikeaction.com/Bike-T...Comp-Apex.html
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