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Old 07-19-10, 01:04 PM
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Trying to decide on a new bike

Hello all,

Looking for some input on which bike to buy. I'm a fairly new rider but am looking for something that will last a long time. My goal is to use it during the week as a commuter, then on the weekend some touring of approx 300 km, and on occasional longer journeys.

I originally was looking between a Brodie Elan and a Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30.

After comming back from the store I found a Brodie Ronin 2010 with disk brakes and mostly Tiagra parts. 54 cm height which is a near perfect fit.

After taxes the bike will come in for me at around $1650.

I did some shoping around and found a Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10, 2009 for sale at a shop 4 hrs away. It will come in at about $1050 after taxes, it also has disk brakes. The bike is 55 cm, but I dont think that should be that big an issue. I think the parts are a Sora Shifters, 2203 front derail, deore back drail

I also found a sweet deal on a third bike I hadn't originally considered, it is a road bike but is priced at a sweet deal. It is the Pinarello FP1 which after taxes it will come in at about $1400, I think this is the best price deal but will it be able to be used at a light touring bike in addition to daily commutes.

Thanks for any input.

So Brodie Ronin at $1650,
Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10 at $1050,
or Pinarello FP1 at $1400


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The Pinarello will be a full on race-geometry road bike. Can you use it for light touring? Yes, most definitely. Will you want to? If that's the only bike you own, yes you probably will. Would I suggest you buy that bike given your stated goals? No way. The FP1 (presumably with Shimano 105) is a great price, but it will make for a long day in the saddle on your 300km tours. If you are young and limber and race or sport ride aggressively with a group of like-minded individuals, the geometry and subsequent riding position won't be that big a burden on you. The bike will be lighter and more efficient than the others. It has better (ie lighter and more positive-acting) Shimano componentry than the others.

But if you are not the things I described above it will cause you to bend your back more, putting more of your weight on your arms, hands and wrists. Your neck will have to stay bent more so your eyes are still looking forward. The frame will transmit more road bumps to your hands and butt, causing more numbness or irritation. You will probably enjoy your slow riding a lot less than you would on a touring geometry bike.

As for commuting, it depends on what you need to carry, what the conditions are you will be riding in, how long is your commute. I find that in rush hour traffic I prefer the better visibility I have on my commuter than on my race bike. I also have to "hold the line" over potholes, grate covers, road trash, etc., where I would swerve away from it in my typical off-peak-hours race-bike rides. And of course, I like to be able to throw stuff in a pannier on the back of my touring bike, where if I commute on my race bike I have to fill a messenger bag and have that on my back the whole way in.

For me it's best to have several (well, okay, many) bikes, each suited to a different purpose. So I have a modern race bike, a vintage race bike, a commuter, a touring bike, a fixed gear bike, a hybrid or comfort bike, and a handful of beach cruisers for island riding. If I were just starting and had your stated criteria, I'd look only at relaxed geometry road bikes, no matter how good a deal I saw on a race bike. The Sherpa looks like a nice choice. Neither me nor Google ever heard of a Brodie Elan. (https://www.google.com/products?q=Brodie+Elan&hl=en&aq=f)

Edit -- just re-read your post and saw you later mentioned a Brodie Ronin. That looks like a very nice choice also. If you can stick your butt on both the Brodie and the Rocky Mountain, you will know which you really want. I don't think as a beginner you'd see any real difference between the Sherpa and the Ronin. If you really get into this, you'll likely be replacing parts right and left anyway as you develop individual preferences you can't possibly forecast at this time, so you may as well have the decent but cheaper RM, if it fits and feels good to you. Bummer having to drive 4 hours for a bike shop!

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Thank you for your post. It helps ease things, I think I'm going to go with the Ronin, I took it for a test drive and it was nice, I am bit heavier then most for my height, 220 lbs 5'10". But the bike felt very light to me. I also particularly liked the shifters on it (Shimano Tiagra 9 Spd). This will be the first bike I bought over $300.

I figured the Ronin 10, with the lower end parts (no Tiagra), coupled with the driving distance, and then not having a working relationship with a local shop. At least this way with the local shop I can get good prices on swag there. After gas and time I figured the $500 price diff isnt that big of a deal.

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Originally Posted by gryphonv
I think I'm going to go with the Ronin
That looks pretty nice. The Tiagra shifters are better than the Sora (which has an annoying thumb lever).

https://www.brodiebikes.com/2010/bikes/ronin.php

(The Sherpa 30 is nice too.)
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Originally Posted by gryphonv
Thank you for your post. It helps ease things, I think I'm going to go with the Ronin, I took it for a test drive and it was nice, I am bit heavier then most for my height, 220 lbs 5'10". But the bike felt very light to me. I also particularly liked the shifters on it (Shimano Tiagra 9 Spd). This will be the first bike I bought over $300.

I figured the Ronin 10, with the lower end parts (no Tiagra), coupled with the driving distance, and then not having a working relationship with a local shop. At least this way with the local shop I can get good prices on swag there. After gas and time I figured the $500 price diff isnt that big of a deal.

Thanks again for your post.
In a touring setting it is hard to improve upon Tiagra 9sp, in my opinion. I have it on my Surly LHT and on my Marin Belvedere commuter. I love my Campy Record 10 on race bikes, but honestly, if I were working towards a budget I'd always opt for Tiagra. Good stuff.
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