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Choices for adding another bike

Old 10-18-13, 01:51 PM
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Choices for adding another bike

Tomorrow is the fall bike blowout here in Toronto and I've been itchin' to spend some money. I have three options and cannot decide which to go with.

Option 1
I have 2010 Felt AR4 frameset and a full DA7900 groupset. All I would need to buy is a stem, handlebars, bar wrap, and a chain to get it going. This is the cheapest option, although I'm not entirely enamored with the frame and find the aero ride kind of harsh. I could sell it and the groupset for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500 - $1,700

Option 2
Buy a 2013 BMC GF01 Ultegra Di2 for $4,200. I tested the bike yesterday and really liked it. I would sell the wheelset and crank for whatever I can get.



Option 3
Buy a 2013 Tarmac s works SL4 frameset for $1,799 and use the DA7900 group I already have or buy a new Ultegra Di2 group. I would also have to buy a stem, handlebars, bar wrap, and a chain.



I realize the Tarmac and GF01 are very different geometry and I'm not sure if either of these would replace my primary bike (which I love) or just be another bike. The tarmac is much closer to what I'm currently riding. Which option would you choose?
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I'd buy the BMC. You've ridden it and know you like it. Also, I'm totally in love with my Ultegra Di2. Sell the other stuff if you aren't gonna ride it.
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I second Advisepig's advise the bike is all ready and raring to go,also agree with loving the di2 just got mine today,,you'll love it!
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Upgrade the wheelset on the primary bike
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Well things didn't really go as planned. The GF01 in 56cm was gone and a 58cm wouldn't have been a great compromise. The tarmac was there, however it had several superficial scratches that would have bugged the hell out of me. So no new bike for me this year.

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Upgrade the wheelset on the primary bike
I've been using my Reynolds Thirty Two wheelset exclusively this year and to be honest they're the best wheelset I've ever used and look pretty sexy if I do say so myself. I recently sold my zipp 404 wheelset with powertap because I upgraded to a crank based meter. While at the show today I happened across a vendor who had zipp 404 and 303 wheelsets marked down by $1,000. I didn't need them, but I couldn't resist and ended up coming home with a set of new FC 303. Will post a photo shortly.
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new wheels

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Originally Posted by gadabout007
new wheels

great set of wheels, tell us which you like better after a ride test the 303's or 32's, I also swear by the 32 tubulars.
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I'd go to me and grab one of the ghost limited for ~2900.
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