Beginners Road Bike - Between $1000 & $1500 AU

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  1. Sando

    Sando New Member

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    Hi all

    I am going to be buying a road bike and want to spend between $1000 & $1500.

    Is fist hand or second hand a good option?

    I am currently riding a Giant Mountain bike and would like another bike for my commute to and from work in Melbourne which is approx 100km per week.

    Can anybody with more experience than myself assist with this?

    Thank you :)
     
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  2. 11ring

    11ring New Member

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    As a miniumum in a new bike look for-

    Decent wheels
    105-10 speed Groupset (best value groupset IMO)
    Alloy frame
    Money left over to get clipless shoes and pedals. You can get MTB shoes and pedals and use them on your MTB as well.


     
  3. sogood

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    I agree, at $1500, it's really the entry level for most brands and hence there's not a lot of options to play with. Good wheels, 105 components and a decent alloy frame is all that can be asked for. Visit a few LBS and see what they stock and compare. Alternatively, buy second hand, I would and get to a better frame and groupset. I would.
     
  4. matagi

    matagi Well-Known Member

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    Buying second hand only works if you know what you are looking at/for and if you know exactly what will fit you. Otherwise, you will just end up with a piece of garage art.

    Not saying the OP shouldn't consider secondhand, but he should do his research so he knows what he needs before putting his money down.
     
  5. sogood

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    True. At the same time, some of those "fits" by LBSs are attrocious, and often dictated by their available stock.

    Fit is actually not that difficult. There are formulae and calculations one can do to get it pretty right, at least closer than most LBS would do for free.

    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO
     
  6. Gee3

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    As I found out there is very little difference in standard equipment in that price range. The frame material and components will all be the same. So basically, ride everything in that range until you find out what bike feels best to you.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Walrus

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    There's plenty of value under $1500:

    Felt F85 - Shimano Ultegra/105 mix, Alex rims
    Gitane Mach 1800 - Shimano 105, carbon forks, Shimano 105 wheels
    Learsport 8000 - Shimano 105, carbon forks, Alex rims w Shimano hubs
    Lemond Reno - Tiagra/105 mix, carbon forks, Bontrager SSR wheels
    Avanti Vivace - Tiagra/105 mix, carbon forks, Shimano R500 wheels
    Trek 1000 - ?, but I know it's around that price
    Giant OCR 2 - Tiagra, carbon forks, Shimano R500 wheels
    Specialized Allez Sport - Tiagra/105 mix, carbon forks, Alex rims
     
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