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another "what should I buy" thread

Old 12-26-12, 02:00 PM
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another "what should I buy" thread

I've got $1500 and shopping for a new bike.
CC has a BMC Road racer 105 in my size for $1499
Or should I look at the CAAD 10 105 for around that.
If I'm going to go Aluminum then maybe the BMC Street Machine on CC
for $1149 + upgrades.
I do about 2500 miles a year with most daily (as much as I can) rides being 15-30 miles.
My bike of the past 10 years is aluminum.

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-26-12, 02:29 PM
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You sure that $1499 for BMC RM isn't just for the frame? i thought those frames were usually a little over $2k
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You probably were looking at the BMC Road Racer SL01 with 105 for $1499. The Race machine frame sells for $1999.

If you could afford it I would get the Road racer w/ 105 over the street racer w/ 105. The main difference between them is the frame. The Carbon road racer frame is lighter. According to the weights listed at competitive cyclist the road racer is almost 2 pounds lighter.

The caad 10 is a very nice bike also. If you can ride them all and see what fits best.

Competitive cyclist only shows the Road racer w/105 in size 51 in stock. If you need a different size you may be out of luck.
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Originally Posted by xjustice09x View Post
You probably were looking at the BMC Road Racer SL01 with 105 for $1499. The Race machine frame sells for $1999.

If you could afford it I would get the Road racer w/ 105 over the street racer w/ 105. The main difference between them is the frame. The Carbon road racer frame is lighter. According to the weights listed at competitive cyclist the road racer is almost 2 pounds lighter.

The caad 10 is a very nice bike also. If you can ride them all and see what fits best.

Competitive cyclist only shows the Road racer w/105 in size 51 in stock. If you need a different size you may be out of luck.
I realize that the best answer is try them all and buy whichever one fits best but to do that I would
have to have access to them and where I live, that's not an option.
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I realize that the best answer is try them all and buy whichever one fits best but to do that I would
have to have access to them and where I live, that's not an option.
I recommend spending a day or two in Cincinatti and/or Columbus, each of which look to be an hour away from you. Visit as many shops as you can, get some fitting advice for your needs, do some test rides. Also - ask about 2012 closeouts - there are many deals to be found.
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I've purchased from Bike Source in Columbus, Resser in Cincinnati, Spin in Cleveland, and competitive cyclist. I would buy another from any one of those places. We bought our BMC mountain bikes from Resser and were very pleased with their knowledge and level of service. We also bought bikes from CC; Plan on 1 week to build, minimum if all parts are in stock, and probably 4 days shipping to Ohio. We just used the standard UPS ground service. If you can install a seatpost, wheels, and handle bars, then their UPS service is a good deal.

While we have BMC mountain bikes, I am hesitant to recommend BMC as their level of support in the US is limited. I needed suspension bolts for my bike and neither CC nor Resser could find any for me. I am fortunate that Speedgoat, another BMC dealer, came through. I realize that road bikes have fewer serviceable parts, but I would still hesitate to recommend BMC.

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CAAD10-5 is a good one, also look into the Specialized Allez, the Allez with 105 or Apex goes for about $1400
Performance has some good prices as well. It would be best if you could find a good shop, $1500 will get you something nice either way though.

One of the posters above suggested going higher which is fine but I think the BMC Streetracer on CC is a good buy. And with free shipping you will have a few hundred left over for extras. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...ike-32386.html

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One of the posters above suggested going higher which is fine but I think the BMC Streetracer on CC is a good buy. And with free shipping you will have a few hundred left over for extras. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...ike-32386.html
+1 that is a great deal.
Here's another: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...ODUCT.ID=32903
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