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Help me pick a bike!

Old 06-24-12, 08:10 PM
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Help me pick a bike!

So for the last 20 years I've been riding a Casati Monza with Columbus SL steel tubing. It has the first generation Camp Chorus Ergo Power group (bought the grouppo in 1993) and only it's second wheelset. I raced it(and crashed it) for 12 of those years and have ridden it off and on over the last 8 years. On my last ride the rear ergo lever finally gave out. Also the ride before a spoke just broke off the rear wheel. So it seems it's time for a new ride.

Not a clue what to get. I have a little over 2000 to spend. I'm thinking that price puts me in something with carbon and probably Shimano 105 components but I'd love some recommendations.

Also, I'm sort of anti-aluminium but I'm open to suggestions if there is something out there comparable to carbon.
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Old 06-24-12, 08:24 PM
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McLaren Venge with sora on a triple ring crank
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Old 06-24-12, 08:33 PM
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Welcome To Bike Forums, BobDoh!

I say stick with steel!

The Jamis Quest ~ $1800
www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/road/quest/12_quest.html

That's 631 chromoly! One of the lightest bikes, but strongest steels known to the western world...

Ten years from now, your Quest will still be in service!

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Old 06-24-12, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by BobDoh View Post
Not a clue what to get. I have a little over 2000 to spend. I'm thinking that price puts me in something with carbon and probably Shimano 105 components but I'd love some recommendations.
I just bought a Madone 4.5 and I love it! It's right within your price range.
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Old 06-24-12, 08:57 PM
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With $2000 I would get a ti with full Ultegra:

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...mp_slti_xi.htm
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So I was looking at the CAAD10 3 and the Specialized Allez Evo Rival Mid. I read that some of the lower end carbon bikes are not really better than the higher end aluminium bikes. I would consider aluminium but I've read that it a harsher ride and I've also heard that aluminium can be noisy. Like mysterious creaks and rattles.

The other bike I was considering was the Cannondale Supersix 105 or Apex. Seems like a great frame with decent components.
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Old 06-25-12, 09:19 PM
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Have you test rode it? Can't go wrong with the supersix.
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You'll really miss the Campy.

This is (@MSRP) about 50% over your stated budget but maybe you could search for a dealer willing to deal: https://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/road...sempre-veloce/


These are sweet riding bikes.
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So I test road a Giant TCR Composite 2/105, a Defy Composite 1/Ultegra and a Pinarello FP2/Rival. The TCR didn't ride much differently than my Casati and I didn't like the 105 coming from Campy Chorus(even if the Chorus was 20 years old). The Defy was a very nice riding bike and the Ultegra was great but then I rode the Pinarello and it was night and day. So smooth yet so responsive and I love the Rival components. Rival is an easy switch from Campy. Very similar feel in my opinion. Also it was a 2011 model so I got it for 2400. So I think I got a good deal. Very happy with this bike.
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Nice Choice! Great Bike!
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The bike is great but the saddle is a tourture device. I was riding a Concor Lite which was mostly comfortable but if I wasn't careful my "unit" would go numb. The FP2 saddle is a Most brand saddle. It's really flat and just rubs me the wrong way. So I was thinking about a more ergonomic saddle.

Are there any saddles that are somewhat universally accepted as comfortable.
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