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Need direction on best deal on a full carbon, 105 or better road bike, in 52-53cm

Old 04-15-14, 05:12 PM
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Need direction on best deal on a full carbon, 105 or better road bike, in 52-53cm

At 51, after a couple of knee surgeries, I'm ready to get back into shape, and upgrade my 20something year old Tempo for something that will last me the rest of my riding years. Just got my wife a new Fuji carbon SL with 105 where it counts. I'm looking to spend between $1300 to $1700 if possible. I don't have to have the current year, although I'm enthused over the Ultegra 22 set. I've looked at closeout deals on a few bikes on a few sites. I'd love to get into a Kestral RT1000 or Legend, but like some others I've seen from Masi, etc. As anyone, I want the most bang for the buck. I would have rubber stamped the directbikes Fuji which they have in my size, but the blue scheme is just too hideous. Wifey got the sweet looking red/black one from Nashbar for about $1100 in a 44cm, the only size left. I have never rode a TRI, but I like the idea of having my arms as a resting point. I doubt any LBS would let me take a TRI out for a couple of hours to test the idea..... Should I just wait a few more months for a better sale deal? Stick with 10 spd? I can ride my MTB for the time being. Also, since it looks like you are more stretched over the frame on a TRI, does this change your basic frame size a bit larger? Thanks, and sorry if I'm in the wrong forum on this topic. Please suggest some decent brands, sites I should check for my price range.
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Old 04-15-14, 05:24 PM
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Merckx EMX-1/Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike - 2012 | Backcountry.com
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Stay away from a tri and I'd say get the bike Elvo just posted, but I don't think you'll find your size.
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This looks interesting and reviews are good:
Fuji Gran Fondo 3.0 LE Road Bike - 2014 Performance Exclusive - Performance Sales Exclusions

and they have a 53.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
This looks interesting and reviews are good:
Fuji Gran Fondo 3.0 LE Road Bike - 2014 Performance Exclusive - Performance Sales Exclusions

and they have a 53.
Pretty decent find.
I'll throw in another vote for finding last year's model of Jamis Xenith Comp. It's a great bike and likely cheaper.
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How important is full Shimano to you? Are different brakes and an FSA crank a deal killer?
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If you know how to build a bike or want to build one and want to try a Chinese Open Frame, you can build one cheaper than all of the above and get exactly what you want, everything your choice.

Hidden cost of bicycles is often you'll be replacing a lot of stuff on the bike. Maybe new wheels? New handlebar, stem or new saddle. These are all things a lot of people change to suit their preferences.
- So a $1500 can quickly become a $2500 bike.
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Well, let's see:
Nud frame and fork 825 (w/ warranty)
105 groupset 450
Seatpost 50
Wheelset & tires 400
Chain 30
Saddle 50
Headset 50
Bars 50
Pedals 70

Total $1975, more or less depending

It's the retail components that kick the cost up. Built bikes are amazingly inexpensive.
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I love my kestrel rt900sl. I would recommend the 1000 without hesitation. I bought my frame/fork on ebay for 1k. then piece-mealed slightly used campy chorus/record coomponents. all said and done i spent about 2500. 1650 for the rt1000 is decent.

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Litespeed M1 2013 New Medium Shimano 105 Components Easton Cockpit Full Carbon | eBay
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Stay away from a tri and I'd say get the bike Elvo just posted, but I don't think you'll find your size.
When Merckx says 48 and 51, its like him saying, I'm going for an easy ride, check the sizes carefully...
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You can grab a Felt Z5 for 1500-1700
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Some other options


Kestrel Talon Shimano 105 Bike 2014 | Kestrel | Brand | www.PricePoint.com


Litespeed L3 105 Road Bike 2013 | Litespeed Bicycles | Brand | www.PricePoint.com
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