Re: Best Road Bike under $1500
Originally Posted by 50mph
"Doctor Morbius stated there is no magical best bike for $1500"
OK, you're absolutely right. WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAKING A LOOK AT!
My personal preferences are probably going to be different from yours as I tend to like a more upright non-racing riding position. Some of the bikes already suggested look like good candidates. If I were shopping around for a new bike today I'd look at something like the Specialized Elite and the Giant OCR1 AL and possibly a Specialized Sequoia Elite (very
upright - I own one). The OCR1 is the least expensive of the 3 with an MSRP of $1000 http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....sp?model=11025
If I were going composite and ready to spend more $$ I'd look at the OCR3 Composite (MSRP $1650). If my price point were higher the OCR2 Composite and and Roubaix Elite.
The Felts and Jamis bikes that were listed as "best buys" were not available at any bike shops near me so I was never able to test ride them.
Keep in mind when buying a new rig that there will be other necessities that will be needed so if your budget is $1500 you may want to get $1000 - $1300 worth of bike and save the rest for accessories - helmet, gloves, cycling shorts, yadda yadda - or even a second set of wheels. Always a good investment.
If I had $1500 and were getting a new one I'd look very hard at the OCR1 for $1000 and a second set of wheels. However, I'm all stocked up on bikes at the moment though so I'm not in the market.
As far as buying a used bike or one online via ebay or something, those are great options but you really need to know what you want before taking the plunge. If you are kind of new to this or are not quite sure about the fit I recommend the L
hop as that is where the rubber hits the road and a knowledgeable
staff can help you out considerably.
Personally, I would buy a used bike or one through ebay but I also have a pretty good idea of what I'm looking for. I bought this Tiagra equipped '03 Allez Sport for $370 and have only put a few modest upgrades on it. I also had a chance to test ride it as I bought it through someone I knew. I also bought this '04 Raleigh Supercourse via ebay for $655 shipped. It has full 105 and Ritchey components except for the wheels. Unfortunately, it had some gouges in the frame from improper packaging but those are the risks you take when buying online. Fortunately, the scratches/gouges are cosmetic and don't effect the structural integrity of the frame. Everything else is mint.Whatever you end up getting, keep in mind that a couple hundred bucks saved won't mean beans if the bike doesn't fit you properly and you don't enjoy riding it.
It'll end up as a garage ornament.