Cyclists? Help!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ijen0311, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. ijen0311 macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
    I'm looking at getting into road cycling.

    I've checked out some Giant and Trek bikes, but they're all so expensive. A friend who does triathlons suggested this "off-brand" bicycle for me. I wanted to see if anyone could weigh in on the specs and such.

    It's $595, supposedly comparable to a $1600 Trek. I've done research, and my friend recommends this company, so I know all parts are real.

    Main Frame Advanced Aluminum alloy, Double water bottle mounts with matching Blue Aluminum Bottle Cages
    Rear Triangle Tapered Aluminum rear stays, forged replaceable road dropout with rack mounts
    Fork / Headset Mercier Carbon Fiber, 1.125" steerer tube, Threadless Headset with semi-cartridge bearings+ 15mm conical spacer
    Crankset FSA Forged Aluminum arms, Triple Rings 30/42/52T
    (44,47,50cm=165mm / 53cm=170mm)
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge, Square taper, 68x118mm
    Pedals Traditional Alloy road with clips and blue straps, 9/16" Boron axle
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra FD4500, clamp-on, 31.8mm
    Rear Derailleur Shimano 105, for Triple, 5600GS long cage
    Shifters Shimano Sora 3400 Triple, 9-speed
    Cassette/Freewheel Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 12-25T
    Chain KMC Z-9000, 9-Speed
    Front Hub Sealed Ball Bearing, Aluminum Alloy 2200, 32H
    Rear Hub Sealed Ball Bearing, Aluminum Alloy 2200, 32H
    Spokes 14 Gauge Stainless
    Rims Alex DA22 Aero Profile, 32H/32H, CUSTOM Blue Powder Coat, 700c
    Tires Kenda M-191, high pressure road, 700 x 23c presta tubes
    Brake Set Forged Polished Aluminum Dual Pivot
    Brake Levers Shimano STI Triple
    Headset Sealed Threadless, 1.125" steerer
    Handlebar Mercier Comp Road, 26.0mm, 6061 Aluminum, Woman-Proportionate Sizing
    (44/47/50=380mm, 53cm=400mm)
    Stem Mercier Comp Road 6061, 1.125", 26.0mm clamp, Aluminum
    (includes two different stems; a 25degree rise in 70mm=44/47/50, 90mm=53cm and a -7degree in 90mm=44cm, 100mm=47/50cm, 110mm=53cm)
    Tape/Grip Mercier custom cork wrap color coordinated
    Saddle Mercier WomensComfort
    Seat Post Silver Micro Adjust alloy, 250mm, 27.2
    Seat Clamp Mercier Ultralite alloy, 31.8mm
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Buy the bike second hand :) Giant bikes are good, I have one and it does a fantastic job.
  3. danielcox macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Sounds alright for the price, Sora shifters are bottom of the range but they still work and are reliable.
    Wheels seem the worst hit for cutbacks.
    I say go for it.
  4. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    for the most part you get what you pay for with bikes. sure you can do end of the season sales (maybe 20-25% off) but thats that.

    I generally consider any bike under $600 pretty bad.
    $600 - $1200 - will do just fine for beginner to intermediate

    If you race competitively you need $1200 - $2500

    and if you are a pro..your bikes are already paid for you, so who cares.

    sure there is some variation to this overall price plan, but not much. The market is small enough that there aren't a ton of bike makers and biker sellers, so its a pretty close community...just like know the 3-4 "cheap" guys while everyone else that can be found in a decent snowboard shop will be just fine.
  5. ijen0311 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
    I've checked, but it's hard to find a women's sized bike, for some reason. :(
  6. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    That seems to be a pretty good price. You can always upgrade the parts at a later date. I dropped about $650 on a really nice set of Velocity Deep V's with Surly high flange hubs laced with Swiss DT Spokes. The most important thing is that the bike fits and all of the parts on it are adjusted to maximum efficiency. Or you could try a fixed gear bike for probably a lot less $, just depends on if you live in an area with lots of hills.

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