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    road bike question

    so...Im not a roadie, but i want a road bike for the days when i dont have time to drive to the trail, and fitness, and commuting.

    Problem is i dont know very much about road biking. With a 1000 budget what would you guys recommend? I know for mtn biking i would almost always recommend used, but it seems that road bikes run a bit cheaper.

    I am generally happy with slx or xt parts, so what does that equate to in the road biking world? Tiagra? 105? ultegra? I want the most affordable parts that will work well for a few years to come. ie slx level. Also, should i get something new with warranty? I am about 250lbs but i dont know if that matters.

    Thanks in advance.
    -It's time to shred some mild to moderate gnar!! :cornut:

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    Hi Texas!
    First to answer your Part level question here's a comparison:

    XTR = Shimano Dura-Ace or SRAM Red
    XT = Ultegra or Force
    SLX = 105 or Rival
    Going lower than that will not meet the durability needs you are looking for.
    Here's a couple quick tips about buying a road bike:
    TEST RIDE - every bike is going to fit different and that is the most important part of the bike.
    Find a shop that has certified fit specialists and see if they include a fit with the purchase of the bike.
    If you can find something used, take it and have it fitted to you. Its worth the extra money because a comfy bike is always ridden more.
    Best of Luck!
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    Used, as I have said many times before, is attractive but searching takes skill. That said, If you have been riding mountain bikes for a while you will know when a bike is in decent shape. Then you just have to know what level of bike to buy.

    The only bike line I understand is the Specialized line so I'll use that to give you an example. The Allez level is a good target. At your price point there are 2 bikes under that price in steel and aluminum but with lower level componentry. Of course the aluminum is lighter but they tend to be regarded as a bit stiff.

    That said the Allez Comp Compact M2 Apex at $1450 has some carbon in the seat stays and fork which really sweeten the ride. This also comes with 105 componentry. I just checked with my bike shop and the 2010 version sells for $1370. The 2011 will go up $100.

    My son, an accomplished rider, has this very bike. His racing mountain bike is a Yeti Arc with XT/XTR/custom wheels and such. He enjoys the Allez a great deal.

    I don't mean that you should get this bike but you can use it as a target or template for looking at other lines of bikes. However, don't expect to shave much money off of this price for this quality, new.

    Trek Lexa SL w/carbon fork and Tiagra $1399
    Trek 2.1 w/carbon fork and 105 $1599

    I have seen some great prices on Giant and Fuji. Performance has some deals and some interesting combinations. Also just check around at your local shops. You never know what is buried there.

    With this example as a model, though, you can now target the used market. Good luck.
    Last edited by Berkeley Mike; 07-28-2011 at 05:43 PM.
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