Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Need Help picking my first road bike

Notices
Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

Need Help picking my first road bike

Old 08-20-12, 11:24 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 8
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Need Help picking my first road bike

Hey there I am currently looking to buy my first road bike and want some good opinions on the bikes that I have been looking at as well as two that I found online.

The first bike I found used online was an Orbea Volata. The bike is the right size for me and from what I can tell from reviews online it is a decent bike. Anything I should know about the bike the brand or model?

The second bike I found online was some sort of schwinn. She is moving very soon so I am sure I could get a good deal for it but she does not know the model. The link is:
https://california.findanycycle.com/b...road-bike.html

I could not find any full carbon schwinns online so I was skeptical about buying.

Other than the used bikes I looked at a few new bikes at some shops. I looked at the Fuji Roubaix series, the Cannondale Caad8, and the trek 1.1. Any opinions on these bikes? Am i much better off with one of these instead of one of the used bikes? Thanks for the advice and help everyone.

James
jbecktell is offline  
Old 08-20-12, 11:29 AM
  #2  
Treble Member
 
manutd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 568

Bikes: '07 Cervelo P2C, '12 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert, 2011 Specialized TriCross Comp.

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
that Schwin is not full carbon, based on the pictures it looks to have carbon fork and rear seat stays. But its a crappy bike. well, it isn't a road bike like the rest you have listed. Its a Hybrid or at best a flatbar road bike. I'd personally stay away at that price, the components looks to be spec'd good but the geometry isn't very good, I actually think it is a woman's frame.
manutd is offline  
Old 08-20-12, 11:33 AM
  #3  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 8
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thank you for that. I was skeptical from the start about the schwinn but now i will be sure to stay away from that one. know anything about the orbea?
jbecktell is offline  
Old 08-20-12, 11:37 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,773
Liked 104 Times in 87 Posts
The Schwinn isn't a road bike either, it's a hybrid. The Geometry doesn't look too bad, what is throwing it off is the seatpost is pushed in as far as it will go into the seattube, indicating that it was far to big a bike for the original owner, you would expect the saddle to be at least level with the handlebars on that sort of bike, if not higher.

For the new bikes you have listed, the Fuji and Cannondale are both similar specs, the Trek is a massive drop in spec to them.

For buying any bike new at this time of year, look at what model year you are getting, 2013 models should be in store now, so you need to make sure you are either getting a current (2013) model or a good price on an old (2012) bike
jimc101 is offline  
Old 08-20-12, 11:40 AM
  #5  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: in the foothills
Posts: 420
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This (salivates):

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ksmclarenvenge
SCochiller is offline  
Old 08-20-12, 11:43 AM
  #6  
Treble Member
 
manutd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 568

Bikes: '07 Cervelo P2C, '12 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert, 2011 Specialized TriCross Comp.

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jimc101
The Schwinn isn't a road bike either, it's a hybrid. The Geometry doesn't look too bad, what is throwing it off is the seatpost is pushed in as far as it will go into the seattube, indicating that it was far to big a bike for the original owner, you would expect the saddle to be at least level with the handlebars on that sort of bike, if not higher.

For the new bikes you have listed, the Fuji and Cannondale are both similar specs, the Trek is a massive drop in spec to them.

For buying any bike new at this time of year, look at what model year you are getting, 2013 models should be in store now, so you need to make sure you are either getting a current (2013) model or a good price on an old (2012) bike
Yeah, you're right about the Schwin seat post. I knew something looked way off with that frame. Makes sense. I'd stay away from a used Schwinn. They aren't exactly known for their quality anymore with their modern bikes.

I think the Cannondale CAAD is the best bang for buck bike you have listed. I'd also check out the Specialized Allez. I don't have any personal experience with the Fuji or Orbea specifically that you have listed.
manutd is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
AwesomeCarbon
Road Cycling
15
07-22-14 10:19 AM
Newwbiker
Road Cycling
13
07-07-14 10:07 PM
t3search
Road Cycling
8
10-29-12 11:32 PM
Economista25
Hybrid Bicycles
23
08-28-12 01:06 PM
ianjosie
Hybrid Bicycles
2
04-26-11 08:54 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.