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Best all round bike

Postby cadnams » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:18 am

Hi all,

I need a new bike (and fast). I am looking one bike that can do it all. Tris, climb, long rides, etc... I hoping your ideas will point me in the right direction.

My budget is about $4,500.

Thanks everyone.

Cheers,
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby Nobody » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:42 am

But that's only a third of what you need for the $15,000 starter kit. :lol:

Seriously though, you don't need to spend more than about $1,500 on a basic road bike that will do all you said above.

However, if you want to be competitive in tris, you are probably going to need a TT bike. They are usually pretty expensive and not really good for steep climbing or good bike control.

Below is not a TT bike, but shows a bike control problem using tri_bars/clip_ons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaQJB_bW ... r_embedded
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby warthog1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:49 am

cadnams wrote:Hi all,

I need a new bike (and fast). I am looking one bike that can do it all. Tris, climb, long rides, etc... I hoping your ideas will point me in the right direction.

My budget is about $4,500.

Thanks everyone.

Cheers,
C


The presence of triathlons in your list makes a cervelo S5 a reasonable choice as it offers a forward saddle position option on the seat post.

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Tris are not restricted to having the nose of the saddle 5cm behind the bb, and apparently it makes coming off the bike and into the run easier if the saddle is forward. Not to mention it opens up the hip angle so you can still breathe in a low aero postion. Through some clip on aerobars on and you are away.
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby Nobody » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:53 am

warthog1 wrote:The presence of triathlons in your list makes a cervelo S5 a reasonable choice as it offers a forward saddle position option on the seat post.
Wow, so there's a practical use for the S5 after all. :o :P
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby warthog1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:54 am

Nobody wrote:Below is not a TT bike, but shows a bike control problem using tri_bars/clip_ons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaQJB_bW ... r_embedded


That shows why you dont overlap wheels in a bunch. The bloke in front made it worse by stopping pedaling when he felt wheel rub on his back wheel too. Bloody triathletes, clueless :mrgreen:
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby warthog1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:54 am

Nobody wrote:
warthog1 wrote:The presence of triathlons in your list makes a cervelo S5 a reasonable choice as it offers a forward saddle position option on the seat post.
Wow, so there's a practical use for the S5 after all. :o :P

I was waiting for it once I saw you had posted first :lol:
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby Duck! » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:00 am

The Giant Propel would be worth a look too. It's the same geometry as the TCR, aside from the more level top tube, with a more aero focus. Like the Cervelo above, it also has a two-position seat clamp to help optimise the setup.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby warthog1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:04 am

Nobody wrote:But that's only a third of what you need for the $15,000 starter kit. :lol:



That was funny too, bit close to the bone :oops: , but funny :lol:
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby briztoon » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:54 pm

cadnams wrote:Hi all,

I need a new bike (and fast). I am looking one bike that can do it all. Tris, climb, long rides, etc... I hoping your ideas will point me in the right direction.

My budget is about $4,500.

Thanks everyone.

Cheers,
C


Seriously better off buying two bikes. One for triathlons, which typically means a time trial bike and one for climbing and long rides.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102296446
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102130096

Though I would recommend the Focus Cayo or the Scott CR1 over the Giant road bike. But that's me.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102267524
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102272478
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Re: Best all round bike

Postby TMjpn » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:03 am

Kuota Kharma Evo 2013. Less than an S5, with a fair bit of fruit: interchangable road/tri seatpost, aero profile, tapered steered and all the other modern tricks. Not all out racy in the geo front, so kinda long Use friendly too. You could prob build an ultegra version for less than 2.5k. Cycling express has the frameset on sale.
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