As a Mercier owner, I would say you would have a hard time getting a better value out there than a BD bike if you are familiar with the size frame you need...just know going in there will be adjustments that will need to be made...probably $50-60 at your LBS if you dont feel comfortable doing them yourself. I dont have an Aquila, but I have a Serpens, and I love it. As a beginner, the 105/Tiagra components should work fine for you but may be something you want to upgrade later. Maybe someone who actually owns one of these will chime in...Chrismoparjohnson said:Anyone buy one of these? How do you like it? For less than $700 to your door, I don't think that I can get a better deal anywhere.
No problem...and just for the record, I agree with Sammy on stepping up to the next level for the Ultegra/105 if you can scrape up the extra $100...will be well worth it in the long run for you. Good luck and let us know what you get!moparjohnson said:Thanks tennis5 and Sammy. I appreciate your responses.