What to buy??? Please Help



bfra1

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I've just discovered the love of cycling and am now riding 1-2 100 klm rides each week.

Having started on a 2nd hand bike, and using it to complete the 210klm "around the bay in a day" ride, I've decided it's time for a new bike.

This is where I need help. I'm currently looking at the 3 following bikes.

1) Trek 1200 w/Tiagra components
2) Merida 904-18 (2003 model) 105 Components
3) Gitane Mach 1800 (2004 Model) 105 Components

I would appreciate feedback or suggestions. All are in the $1600-$1700 AUD price range.
 

Brizza

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I have been using my intorduction bike for a few years and have been looking to make the move up.

If you are doing serious km's I wouldn't look below 105 level.
If you are interested in speed look at the quality of wheels, and for quality of bike look at the frame quality.

The merida magnesium frame looks nice, and the wheels look better but you will need your own pedals

The sticker means very little and I think the Gitane is a good introduction bike, but I feel the Merida is a bit better, give em a ride and decide.

Brian
 

bfra1

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Thanks for the help, I'm leaning towards the Merida, as the Gitane isn't full 105. I think they have different brakes.
Hopefully my shopping day next week will set me straight after a few rides.
 

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