Need help comparing two bicycles. Which one is the better bicycle to purchase?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by weathergeek, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. weathergeek

    weathergeek New Member

    Feb 13, 2011
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    I would like some help comparing the two bicycles listed below. The list of components is like a foreign language to me. I'm trying to get the best bicycle for my money.

    2010 Fuji Roubaix ACR 2.0 Road Bike

    • New Fuji Altair 2 custom butted aluminum frame features an integrated 1 ¼" lower head tube, BB-30 bottom bracket shell, oversized seat tube, along with C-4 carbon seat stays, for a ride that's stiff and resilient but comfortable
    • New Fuji FC-770 bonded carbon fork gives lightweight comfort, smoothing out the road ahead
    • FSA Gossamer crankset provides a stiff pedaling platform that's light and narrow while further weight-savings, stiffness, and durability are achieved through BB30's oversized alloy spindles and ceramic bearings
    • Shimano 105 drivetrain puts precision shifting at your fingertips with crisp shifts that are smooth and quiet
    • Shimano 105 brakes provide ample braking power for racing performance
    • Shimano R-500 wheelset gives high-quality performance that's resilient and durable
    • Fuji handlebar, stem, and seatpost match core-level strength with aesthetic appeal
    • Continental Ultra Sport tires provide excellent grip rain or shine
    BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA BB-30 Bearing System
    BRAKES: Shimano 105 dual pivot w/cartridge pads
    CASSETTE: Shimano 105, 11-25T 10-speed
    CHAIN: KMC DX10 , 10-speed
    CRANKSET: FSA Gossamer Compact BB-30 w/ Integrated spindle, 34/50T 7075 AL rings
    FORK: NEW FC-770 Fuji Bonded Carbon Integrated w/ 1 1/8" Alloy Steerer
    FRAME: Fuji Altair 2 custom butted aluminum, Integrated 1 1/4" lower head tube, BB-30 bb shell, Oversize seat tube, Double water bottle mounts, Fuji C-4 carbon seat stays
    FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105, F-Type
    GRIPS/TAPE: Fuji custom cork wrap
    HANDLEBAR: Fuji CGC Double Butted 6061, 31.8mm w/Anatomical drops
    HEADSET: Tange 1 1/8"U-1 1/4"L Integrated Road, with convex hollow top cap
    LEVERS: Shimano 105 STI
    PEDALS: No
    REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105
    SADDLE: Fuji PGC UltraLite Racing
    SEATPOST: Fuji CGC Butted Oversize Alloy, 250mm, Fuji Superlite Alloy clamp, 34.9mm Laser Etched
    SHIFTERS: Shimano 105 shifter/brake, 20-Speed Flight Deck compatible
    STEM: Fuji CGC Alloy 3D forged, +/-7 degree
    TIRES: Continental UltraSport, 700 x 23c, CST presta tubes
    WHEELSET: Shimano R-500, 700c clincher
    Rating: 4.5

    This bicycle is supposed to retail for around $1,669 but I can get it on sale for $999 but will have to pay 8.75% tax.

    Here's the other bicycle.

    2010 Motobecane Immortal Pro

    Full Carbon Frame, FSA Carbon Cranks
    Shimano Wheels
    Ritchey Bar, Stem, FSA Carbon Post

    2.7 Pound Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber with replaceable derailleur hanger, 2x H2O bosses
    AeroCarbon SL High Modulus Monocoque Carbon Fiber with Carbon Crown+Aluminum Steerer 1.125 inch
    Cane Creek IS2 Sealed Bearing Threadless 1.125 inch
    Derailleurs RR/FR
    Shimano Ultegra 6600 rear / Shimano 5600 105 10 Speed (20 Spd total) front
    Shimano 5600 105 10 Speed STI (20 Speed total)
    Cane Creek SCR3 aluminum calipers
    Shimano Sealed Bearing Black Anodized
    Shimano WH-R500, CNC sides, Aero or Round Spokes (no choice) 20/24
    FSA CarbonPro Carbon Fiber (carbon wrap) or FSA Energy Aluminum Compact 50/34T (no choice)
    (50-53cm=170mm, 56cm=172.5mm, 59- 62cm=175mm)
    integrated with MEGAEXO External Bearing Bottom Bracket (Compact Cranks have 95% of a 30spd triple gear range without the extra weight and tuning hassles)
    Shimano 105 10 Speed 11-25T, Shimano CN5600 105 10spd Chain
    Road Racing (Turbo style)
    FSA Carbon Fiber FR270, 27.2mm (carbon wrap)
    Ritchey Comp Aluminum 1.125 inch steerer, 31.8mm clamp
    (50-53cm=90mm, 56cm=100mm, 59-62cm=110mm)
    Ritchey Comp SingleButted 6061 Aluminum Ergo Bar, OS 31.8mm
    (50-53cm=40, 56cm=42, 59-62cm=44)

    +FREE Superlight Clipless Pedals with Cleats included
    TiresVittoria Rubino PRO or Kenda Kaliente IronCloak Kevlar 700x23c (NoChoice), Presta valve tubesColorBlackCarbon or Gloss Yellow Sizes50, 53, 56, 59 and 62cm
    (Center of BB to Top of SEAT TUBE / Seatpost Clamp/collar - just like Trek and Fuji)

    This bicycle has a retail price of $2,595 but is on sale for $999 with NO tax and free shipping.

    I checked out the Fuji at my local Performance bike store and a 56cm fit well. The Fuji that I priced above was from a store that is about 45 miles away and they will adjust it and fit me to it. The Motobecane I'm on my own but I have reasonable mechanical skills to put it together and adjust it.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Steve_A

    Steve_A Member

    Sep 7, 2010
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    I would advise to go with the Fuji for two reasons: 1. You're buying from a local shop and you will have all the advantages of fit, assembly, adjustment, and the start of a (hopefully good) relationship with them. 2. The Fuji has an aluminum frame, not carbon. I'm personally not a fan of carbon, and that is somewhat of a minority option. It has been discussed at length on this forum and others, so I won't go into it any more here. Either way, you're getting Shimano 105 components for $999, and that's a very good thing. I'm sure that you will be happy with them.
  3. cyclingthings

    cyclingthings New Member

    Oct 16, 2007
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    I go with the fuji. They are much better made and they have better components for the money. I have had two fujis in the past and they simply awesome.