entry road bike for $2000

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entry road bike for $2000

Postby dockerboy » Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:43 pm

Having purchased a Giant CRX4 last Christmas, I'm now keen to progress to a decent road bike. I want to spend around $2000 on a road bike with 105 group set or better. On a couple of other threads I've seen a Avanti Grio (2009) with 105 going for around $1900 and a Merida HFS 905 with Ultegra for about the same price. Any other suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby im_no_pro » Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:58 pm

Check out Bike exchange to see whats going in your area. Good time of year to pick up an 09 model as many shops are clearing way for 2010 stock. FWIW I would aim for a decent alu frame with carbon forks, as opposed to a "cheap" full carbon bike. YMMV though.
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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby der Ungar » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:06 pm

OK, so I'm a bit biased, but you could do worse than this:

http://www.orbea.com.au/fly.aspx?layout ... 57&pid=158

In these economic times, I'd fancy my chances of getting a couple of hundred knocked off the price big time.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby bionic wombat » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:54 pm

Kona Zing $1900 and cheaper elsewhere
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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby jaykay » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:14 pm

der Ungar wrote:OK, so I'm a bit biased, but you could do worse than this:

http://www.orbea.com.au/fly.aspx?layout ... 57&pid=158

In these economic times, I'd fancy my chances of getting a couple of hundred knocked off the price big time.

Happy shopping!!!


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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby dockerboy » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:31 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm off to hit the shops on the weekend to see what's the best fit for me. Other options are Orbea Udana or Dauphine (though a bit more $$) and Specialised Allez Sport Compact Double. Any thoughts on these?

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby jinhan » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:56 pm

dockerboy wrote:Thanks for the suggestions. I'm off to hit the shops on the weekend to see what's the best fit for me. Other options are Orbea Udana or Dauphine (though a bit more $$) and Specialised Allez Sport Compact Double. Any thoughts on these?


Hi I am looking for an entry road bike too, was looking at the 09 allez sport as well but I believe stocks are low, I am still sourcing for one, let me know too if you know where to get one.
I test rode the avanti vivace 09 last week it felt good but I need more rides to have comparisons cause I've never ridden a roadie before.
Think the 10 version is coming out soon but seems like the allez sport has been downgraded to tiagra/sora components. which means you have to go one up to elite to have the 105's.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:52 pm

If you're a Melbourne lad, get to bsc at QV centre, they still had a couple of '09 Cannondale SIX C3s in stock. Got mine for a lick under $2200 with a brake upgrade to 105.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby jasimon » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:59 pm

im_no_pro wrote:Good time of year to pick up an 09 model as many shops are clearing way for 2010 stock.

Not necessarily: 2009 base prices were exorbitant reflecting the peak of commodty prices, crash of $A and demand just prior to the GFC. 2010 prices are much more reasonable for, at least, Giant Bikes. For example, a 2009 CRX2 was $1400 RRP, a 2010 CRX2 is $1150 RRP (identical specs). Bear that in mind if you think you are getting a bargain on a 2009 model.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby PHL » Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:54 am

dockerboy wrote: Avanti Grio (2009) with 105 going for around $1900


I've been happy with a recently purchased Giro for under $1800; decent bike for what you get, and nice to have the compact as where I live have steep hills, and I haven't had time to get really bike fit (only weekend rides in LC NP down the hill).

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby dockerboy » Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:44 pm

I'm starting to narrow the search down to the following bikes:

Avanti Giro (2010) $2100
Giant Defy Alliance 0 (2010) $2000
Merida HFS904 com (2010) $1700

I've yet to ride the Alliance as it is still 3 weeks before delivary, but it seems to tick all the boxes in terms of the frame and components. This is my first road bike and looking for something that is comfortable to ride for a 40 something.

Any thoughts and feedback on these bikes would be appreciated.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby provoked » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:01 pm

Hmm - viewtopic.php?f=25&t=20347.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby dockerboy » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:34 pm

yeah saw that, but isn't it a women's bike???

I'd be a medium

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby Missy24 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:42 pm

dockerboy wrote:yeah saw that, but isn't it a women's bike???

I'd be a medium
im pretty sure that the only female components on it where the seat and bars, the seat is still there, bars have been changed out, just cause they werent broad enough, its a speedster frame which i thing is used on men and womens bikes. Pm if you want to know anything,

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby provoked » Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:29 pm

dockerboy wrote:yeah saw that, but isn't it a women's bike???

I'd be a medium


Not sure? I was looking at it for myself, nothing about the bike besides the saddle says Woman to me? Hopefully Missy can shed some light here. Good deal either way, sure if it's just women specific components buying a new saddle will still be a better deal than some of the others you have mentioned.
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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby Missy24 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:42 pm

provoked wrote:
dockerboy wrote:yeah saw that, but isn't it a women's bike???

I'd be a medium


Not sure? I was looking at it for myself, nothing about the bike besides the saddle says Woman to me? Hopefully Missy can shed some light here. Good deal either way, sure if it's just women specific components buying a new saddle will still be a better deal than some of the others you have mentioned.

Best thing to do is to come by and have a look at it if your interested... The Frame is not woman's specific, just double checked, all you would have to do is change out the seat if it doesn't float your boat.

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Re: entry road bike for $2000

Postby kibnedyo » Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:45 pm

For my $0.02

I have the Alliance Sport and love it. In the 2010 range this is closer to the Allance 1.

If you do;t mind last years models shop around for the Alliance Comp. This is similar spec to the "Zero" with 105 gearing etc. I've seen places in Melbourne offering it for as little as $1800.00.

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