May sound kinda dumb…..I know, but I
m looking at getting a roady in the near future but have no idea whats what.
I need to know what I should be looking for, parts wise, size, price etc……
m in a shop, I gots to tell ya, I cant tell much of a differrence between a $1400 bike and a $6000 bike(been on mtb
s to long I guess), and the parts all look the same. Im looking at spending around $2000…….what should I be going for????
Thanks for any responces
Right around 2k canadian? Take a look at the Cannondale R800, Specialized Allez Comp Double. For about 2k you'll get a quality aluminum frame with 105 components, carbon fork, carbon seatpost, and a pretty good wheelset. There's DeVinci and Norco bikes with similar frames/specs, but I'll use these two as an example:
if you're shopping for a campy-equipped bike (at least in vancouver) you'll be paying well above $2k, so i'll leave out the campy for now.
deore = tiagra
X7 or LX = 105
X9 or XT = ultegra
X0 or XTR = dura ace
tiagra is the entry level 9-speed group with proper brake-shift levers. it's pretty close in price to deore for stuff like derailleurs, crankset, etc. 105 is a step above, still nine speed, but higher quality, lighter weight, etc. ultegra and dura ace (6600 and 7800) are really close in quality, the main difference is weight. a full dura ace component set, including crankset, is about 300g lighter than full ultegra.
complicating the 105/ultegra/dura ace comparison is the fact that each group has two separate series on the market simultaneously.
old 105 (manufactured sept. 2005 and prior) is the 5500 series, it's nine speed. my bike has 5500 on it, works great. just released a few months ago is the new 5600 series ten speed 105, it's starting to ship now on 2006 model year bikes. one of the main new features in the 10 speed 105 (found on the cannondale R800) is the hollowtech bottom bracket, instead of octalink. same idea as the external bearing XT and XTR cranksets. lighter and stiffer.
old ultegra (6500 series, manufactured prior to the 2004 model year) is nine speed, new ultegra (6600 series) is 10-speed and has a lot in common with the latest dura ace.
old dura ace (7700 series) was used on top tier pro bikes for the 2003 season and earlier, it was replaced in 2004 with the 7800 series.
Shimano has removed the 6500 and 7700 series parts from their website, but you can still find photos of it on ebay and via google for comparison purposes.
the stuff is all interchangable, for example, you'll find some bikes that have ten speed ultegra shifters and a dura ace rear derailleur, or a bike with 105 shifters and an ultegra derailleur.
2006 Allez Comp Double
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