Giant makes some nice road bikes in the entry level arena. The OCR-2 and OCR-3 are good values.Trevor said:
I got a raliegh heritage international for around that. It has campy centaur components and a carbon fork. There are 3 heritage models to chose from, 2 zona steel and one alum.Trevor said:
My dealer had last years' Giant TCR2 (aluminum compact frame, carbon fork,Trevor said:
Trevor,Trevor said:My local bike shop has a used (approx. 300 miles) 2003 TREK 2200 for sale on consignment for $1300. With accessories (computer, aero bars, etc...) for an additional $138. It has Ultegra components, kevlar lines tires, and Bontrager Race wheels. Is the TREK 2200 a good bike for the money? They also have Giant OCR's.
Advertising not withstanding, road bikes really haven't changed that much in the last 25 years. It's a pretty perfect machine already, so incremental improvements are all you'll get now. Seven speed bikes from the late 80's to early 90's take a price hit that is all out of proportion to the performance you give up over a more modern bike.Trevor said:
I agree with what has been said about used bikes. I was in a similar situation in the spring of last year, having ridden MTB for years, but never spending any time on the road. I bought a used cyclocross bike for $400 or so in order to get a taste of the road. I didn't really know what I was doing in terms of sizing and it turned out that the bike was a bit small for me on the road. No big deal as it was only $400 and the bike is still good for cross. After visiting many bike shops and getting some advice on fit from them and some friends I ended up getting a Trek 5200 used here on RBR. You should ride a bunch of different frame materials before settling on Aluminum. There is a huge difference between the way my all aluminum cross bike rides in comparison to the OCLV trek....It would also help if you knew what you wanted to do with the bike--do you want to do crits? Then don't get a carbon bike--too many crashes. Road races? Solo/group training rides? Commuting? Anyway, identify your goals for the bike and you'll be able to narrow your search more easily. BTW, my GF has a trek 2300 which she is *very* happy with, FWIW...Trevor said: