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Buying new bike - so many choices!

Old 01-15-13, 01:04 AM
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Buying new bike - so many choices!

Well, I have decided to add to my fleet of bikes, and get a 2nd road bike. Last time the choice was easy, just find the cheapest one around!

Now that I'm no longer in school, I want something that weighs less than a ton, and works properly.

My budget is at most NZD$2,500 (approx USD $2,100).

Options I have looked at today:
Giant Defy 1
Specialized Tarmac (Can't remember the model, but it was on special and just out of reach of my budget by about $100)
Scott Speedster 20
Avanti Giro 3 (can't remeber exactly, pretty sure it was this model)

I have been looking at 105 groupsets, and am torn between carbon seat post & forks, and going full carbon.

What's everyone's opinion? It will be mostly used for long "fun" rides and charity races - 80km to 160km, and long training rides.
I'm 26, 6ft 0inches and weight varies between 85kg & 95kg depending on season.
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Old 01-15-13, 02:17 AM
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Another option: https://www.chainreaction.co.nz/Bikes...p_mid_com.aspx
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I had a Bianchi Via Nirone for a long time. Perfect for fun rides. The frame rides really nice. I got mine around this time a few years ago for 40% off.
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My son's college roommate is from Scotland and he bought a Caad10 with 105 to race on the school's team. It is very popular here in the US, so may be worth a look.
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Hi, thanks for the ideas. I had a look at Cannondales, but all of them I've found over here are either extremely expensive and out of my price range, or very hard to find. Bianchi is much the same unfortunately.
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Looking very closely at the Defy 1 and Speedster 20 however. Anyone ever ridden one of these? The shop I went to flatly refuses anyone riding their floor models, so currently trying to find somewhere that does.
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Have you looked at spending a little less and then adding the accessories you really want? aero bars lights ect? What about a top of the line specialed allez
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Originally Posted by cj_nz View Post
Hi, thanks for the ideas. I had a look at Cannondales, but all of them I've found over here are either extremely expensive and out of my price range, or very hard to find. Bianchi is much the same unfortunately.
A caad 10 105 should cost $1,200 to $1,400 what is your price range?
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personally, I'd stretch a little for the tarmac myself (maybe consider an equivalent Roubaix?), the extra hundred simply isn't much of a deal breaker on which bike i'd go. on long fun rides the carbon, imho, is worth it. if you were racing or even going on short training rides only I'd save a few bucks and go AL.

also, why not consider the new 10spd Tiagra group?? it really is only the last generation 105 group, which is a FINE group set, I wouldn't write that off by any stretch, the incremental upgrade you see from current tiagra to 105 is negligible. to me (and this is just MY personal opinion), to get a nice jump in performance and quality you need to skip one level, like going from 2300 skipping sora and getting tiagra, from tiagra, skip 105 and look at ultegra, etc. a one step "jump" up to me isn't a big enough jump to make the extra $$ worthwhile (for me), ymmv of course.
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I too would stretch a little more, however, not for the Tarmac but a 2013 Cervelo R3. The newer geometry is more relaxed than previous generations (sort of between the older R3 and the RS). It can be set up for all day endurance riding or easy transformed into a serious racing bike. The bike is a steal for $2600.00 and has a lifetime warranty. The stock fulcrum racing T wheels and the 3t ergonova OE handlebars are the weak points. Although quite heavy the fulcrums are quite manageable and deliver a smooth ride. Plus, as I'm sure you know already, most off the shelf stock bikes in 2000-3000 price range will come with wheels as a weak point.

I will point out though, I drove 530 miles to Acheville, NC to buy a closeout 2012 R3 that offered Sram Rival over Shimano 105 (which now comes standard on the 13's). Nothing wrong with the 105, I just like the ergonomics of Sram and have plenty of experience keeping it tuned.

My R3 Rival, although heavier, has sidelined my 14.9lb Scott Addict with Sram Red.

Good luck, take your time, do your reseach, and have fun making your decision.
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Two basic questions. Riding style & what do you like that fits.
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Well I have just discovered that my small LBS in my town does Cannondale, so finding them won't be so bad after all!

I have also found this: https://www.bicyclebusiness.co.nz/Bik...p?product=1003

What's everyones thoughts? I've never heard of this brand, but it looks very nice to me.
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Check out https://www.fezarri.com. Utah company that sells direct. I bought the Catania last year and love it. I'm relatively new also, though and haven't ridden many other brands.
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
A caad 10 105 should cost $1,200 to $1,400 what is your price range?
Wha? Is that for a 2013 brand new Caad10? Those sell for $1550, I don't know where you're getting $1200 from.
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Could even get a CAAD10 3 Ultegra for $2200 USD, if you want to drop $100 more. Or a SuperSix 5 105 for $2100 USD.
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Well after much debating, I ended up buying a 2013 Trek Madone 3.1 with a full 105 group set. Its extremely comfortable, smooth and fast. I love it!

Not what I was initially after, but it seemed be a good deal.
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Originally Posted by cj_nz View Post
Well after much debating, I ended up buying a 2013 Trek Madone 3.1 with a full 105 group set. Its extremely comfortable, smooth and fast. I love it!

Not what I was initially after, but it seemed be a good deal.
Well, the import things are that it fits you and your riding style. And that I like the looks.

So post a picture and I'll let you know if you got a good deal or not.
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Congrats on the new bike


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Well, the import things are that it fits you and your riding style. And that I like the looks.

So post a picture and I'll let you know if you got a good deal or not.
yup...lets see it....
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