Opinions and advice on my new proposed road bike

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  1. Kentacula

    Kentacula New Member

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    Hay guys,

    Im very new to road cycling and am purchasing my first bike. After extensive research and browsing through stores i have found bike which is not such a well known brand though in my opinion is great value. It is a Shogun Samurai. The bike is selling for $1199 though as my dad knows the store owner i can get it for $850. Another option is the Vivente Como which yet again is another not so well known brand though still delivers good specs at good value. This was going at $799 and im not sure if we could get that for any cheaper.

    http://www.shogunbicycles.com.au/ - Click on road then Samurai
    http://www.viventebikes.com//produc...ent/0/t/product

    Can i please get your opinions on these 2 bikes and any other options.

    Cheers,
     
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  2. Kentacula

    Kentacula New Member

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    Samurai strikes me as the better of those two, but I would prefer a Trek 1000, or 1200, if it were me.
     
  4. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Between the two, I'd also choose the Shogun because it has decidely better components (both bikes have Shimano shfters) ... BUT, the Shogun Samurai has 10-speed Shimano 105 shifters which are considerably better than the shifters on the Vivente (a prior generation & lesser "grade" -- Altus).

    If your height is 5'9" (175cm) or less, then get the medium Shogun Samurai frame.

    BTW. The Ninja has a slightly "nicer" chainwheel (aka crankset), and that is why it presumably costs more. The Team Issue has better components, overall.

    FWIW. I love Shimano, but MY preference is to use Campagnolo shifters (Mirage, or better) ...
     
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    caferacerwanabe New Member

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    Shogun's are great bikes when you can find them. The brand was very big here in Oz during the late 80's into the early 90's then they sort of stagnated a bit when Giant entered the market. Last couple of years they have had some very well priced/spec'd bikes out of the Merida/Speciali$%^ factory.
     
  6. Kentacula

    Kentacula New Member

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    Thanks for the help guys. Great advice
     
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    bobbyOCR New Member

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    Go for the Shogun. I had a Ninja and it was fine until I started racing a little more seriously, then I looked for something better, and ended up just getting a frameset. You will be better off getting 105 level components straight away cause give it a month or to with Tiagra/Sora you WILL want to upgrade.
     
  8. Kentacula

    Kentacula New Member

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    Just bought it an hour ago im LOVING it so far.

    Much thanks for your help guys
     
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