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Bike #1 is a new 2007 GT GTR Series 2 road bike, price $1100
Grips/Tape: Black Cork
Crankset: FSA Energy Compact Crank, 50/34T, 2-piece
Bottom Bracket: FSA Mego Exo outboard
Stem: FSA OS-150, 3D forged and CNC machined
Handlebar: FSA Road Oversized
Seatpost: FSA SK-260, Carbon
Frame: GTR design w/ Kinesis 6061 Superlite Butted
Pedals: NA
Rack Mounts: None
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Comp
Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza
Cassette: Shimano 10-speed, 11/25T
Brakes: Shimano 105
Levers: Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano 105 STI, 10-speed
Wheelset: Shimano 105 Wheelset w/ precision sealed hubs and 10-speed rear cassette
Front Derailleur: Shimano Compact
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chain: Shimano HG-73 10-speed
Headset: TH Intellaset
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700c x 23


Bike #2 is a Schwinn LeTour Ulra price $1300
Tires: Continental Ultra Sport, 700c x 28
Wheelset: Formula Shawla 280 Wheelset
Headset: FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearing
Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo Sealed External Bearing
Crankset: FSA Omega Triple, 50/39/30T
Handlebar: FSA RD-HB-300S Shallow Drop
Seatpost: FSA SP-SL280 Alloy, 350 x 27.2mm
Stem: FSA ST-OS190-XL
Chain: KMC DX10SC
Rack Mounts: None
Fork: Schwinn Black Label Carbon Comp w/ 1 1/8” Alloy steerer and canti-bosses
Frame: Schwinn N’Litened Black Label Carbon w/ Road Tuned Geometry
Grips/Tape: Schwinn Padded Tape
Saddle: Selle San Marco Iscia
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 FD-5603
Levers: Shimano 105 STI 10-speed w/ Tektro RL720 Bar Top levers
Shifters: Shimano 105 STI, 10-speed
Cassette: Shimano CS-5600, 12/25T, 10-speed
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520 Clipless
Brakes: Tektro R556 Dual Pivot Caliper


I like the dura-ace on #1. Both cranksets use external bearings - should I avoid these ?
I think I'd like the bar-top brake levers on #2. Anything else stand out that makes one or the other a better deal ? (or maybe neither one is a smokin' deal...)
 

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FatTireFred said:
well one is compact double and one is a triple... what about geometry/fit?? IMO bar top levers are not all that
FatTireFred is right. You are asking the wrong question by looking at components. These are 2 quite different frames with different geometries. GTR is a "race"-style frame and LeTour has a more relaxed geometry. The best "deal" on a bike that does not suit your body and riding style is a waste 'cause you will eventually either stop riding or spend much more $$ to replace it. Simple truth on drivetrain is that any of the Shimano 10-speed groups (i.e. 105 on up) will provide excellent service with proper set-up. Look at bike fit first; components should be a distant second.

Like most, I am not a fan of bar top levers on my road bikes. I prefer to have the bar top free for more hand room, and hands on bar tops is not the best position when most precise handling is required.
 
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