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Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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This topic kinda stemmed from the Cromoly vs. Aluminum thread. I've found a Shimano 105-equipped bike for $450, but the frame is Reynolds 520 Chromoly, which, in the Cromoly vs Aluminum thread and the Reynolds' website, is the most basic and cheap steel that Reynolds makes. Is it worth it to spend $450 on a bike with the "cheap" Reynolds 520 frame, or should I spend the extra $250 for an aluminum or even Reynolds 853 frame?
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
This topic kinda stemmed from the Cromoly vs. Aluminum thread. I've found a Shimano 105-equipped bike for $450, but the frame is Reynolds 520 Chromoly, which, in the Cromoly vs Aluminum thread and the Reynolds' website, is the most basic and cheap steel that Reynolds makes. Is it worth it to spend $450 on a bike with the "cheap" Reynolds 520 frame, or should I spend the extra $250 for an aluminum or even Reynolds 853 frame?
Are talking US dollars?
I would definitely spend the extra money no matter what the currency.

The difference between 520 (or 525) and 853 is like night and day -- you may not notice the benefits of a better frame immediately, but if you rode one for a while then rode a 525 frame, you should notice a big difference. Having said that, wheels are also very important for ride quality.
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

Based on the information in this post, as well as the other post on what I believe is the same topic....I would go for the upgrade. Dollars spent now (especially when you're talking ~$250) will probably get you more long term satisfaction.

Of course, everyone's situation is different, and in the end you must do what suits you.

John
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by Mansmind
Based on the information in this post, as well as the other post on what I believe is the same topic....I would go for the upgrade. Dollars spent now (especially when you're talking ~$250) will probably get you more long term satisfaction.

Of course, everyone's situation is different, and in the end you must do what suits you.

John
Hmmm... which is worth more, a Reynold's 853 or 7002 Aluminum frame?
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
Hmmm... which is worth more, a Reynold's 853 or 7002 Aluminum frame?
It depends who made the alu tubing and who built the frame. If it's something like Columbus or Dedacciai aluminum, then it might be worth more, but if it's just a generic Taiwanese alu, it wouldn't be worth nearly as much as the 853.
post #6 of 24
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

Man oh man oh man... tough decisions. I just declined the $450 bike offer (2002 Mercier Corvus, 105 group, Reynolds 520). Now I'm back to the drawing board. I'd like to get 853 but then that'll mean I will be spending even more money than if I would have gone with an aluminum bike, which would already have been up from the 520.

Is it easy to swap out frames? I was thinking that maybe I should have gotten the $450 bike, found a good deal on a 853 frame (~$200 perhaps?), and swapped it. Or just go with a $695 2005 Mercier Corvus Aluminum framed bike. Dangit. I feel lost.
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
Man oh man oh man... tough decisions. I just declined the $450 bike offer (2002 Mercier Corvus, 105 group, Reynolds 520). Now I'm back to the drawing board. I'd like to get 853 but then that'll mean I will be spending even more money than if I would have gone with an aluminum bike, which would already have been up from the 520.

Is it easy to swap out frames? I was thinking that maybe I should have gotten the $450 bike, found a good deal on a 853 frame (~$200 perhaps?), and swapped it. Or just go with a $695 2005 Mercier Corvus Aluminum framed bike. Dangit. I feel lost.
Nah, that's the thing; you'll never get a new 853 frame for $200.

What brand is the 853 frame?

How much is the 853 bike?

If i was gunna only spend $690 on a bike, I'd get the alu over a Reynolds 520. Even though the alu is probably cheap, it will feel more like a racing bike than a cheap cro-mo frame.

But like I'm hinting; I'd try to go for the 853
post #8 of 24
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

I'm hoping to get a used 2003 Fuji Roubaix Pro with 853 frame on eBay. The reserve is something below $750. I'm hoping *crosses fingers* that someone with a lot of money to spend won't ruin the auction for me and bid over $700.
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
I'm hoping to get a used 2003 Fuji Roubaix Pro with 853 frame on eBay. The reserve is something below $750. I'm hoping *crosses fingers* that someone with a lot of money to spend won't ruin the auction for me and bid over $700.
YIKES!! IS that a whole bike or just a frame?

If it's just a frame for US dollars, it sounds a bit much
post #10 of 24
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

No no no... it's a WHOLE bike

I may be new to road biking, but I'm not that new

Why are you still up at this hour?
post #11 of 24

Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
No no no... it's a WHOLE bike

I may be new to road biking, but I'm not that new

Why are you still up at this hour?
Hmmm, i ain't in your country.

I had a quick look on ebay, and there seems to be a few good deals on FUJI 853 frames
post #12 of 24
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by Fat Hack
Hmmm, i ain't in your country.

I had a quick look on ebay, and there seems to be a few good deals on FUJI 853 frames
Huh? I looked and I only get two results, both of them complete bikes.
post #13 of 24

Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by babybunny
Huh? I looked and I only get two results, both of them complete bikes.
Sorry, that's what I meant. I meant to say "bikes with 853 frames".
post #14 of 24
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Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

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Originally Posted by Fat Hack
Sorry, that's what I meant. I meant to say "bikes with 853 frames".
So I should just try and go for something like the Fuji's? I've been hearing a lot about going to a LBS and trying out different bikes for the fit. How important is it to do this? My LBS seems hellbent on getting me to buy a mountain bike.
post #15 of 24

Re: Worth it to buy $450 bike with 105 group if it has a Reynolds 520 chromoly frame?

You're correct, again; there's only two on there
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