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    Newbie fit question/Mongoose Cipressa?

    I'm a long time mountain biker looking to do some road riding for cheap- already spent too much money on the mountain bikes!

    Nashbar.com has a Mongoose Cipressa that looks nice enought and fits the buget @$600.

    Anybody have other suggestions? I have no problem buying used. Feel free to send me your offers for used road bikes for sale in the Atlanta GA area!

    Now the fit question:

    I'm 5'7" and 1/2. I ride an 09 Cannondale Rush 3 Medium and find it very comfortable with factory stem (it's pretty short).

    The Mongoose Cipressa has a top tube of 53.9cm in small, 56 in Medium. Seat tube is 47.5 small, 50 medium. Would either of these be a good fit?

    Would love to go to my LBS but cost is an issue. Their bikes start at $1k.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhandthebiker
    Would love to go to my LBS but cost is an issue. Their bikes start at $1k.
    There is only one bike shop in the Atlanta area?

    You don't say what kind of road riding you want to do. Commuting, touring, racing? That makes a difference. I know there's at least one Performance shop in the Atlanta area. I would suggest you go there and see what they have. Performance sells GT bikes and they have quite a few that less than $1,000 and currently on sale according to the Performance website.
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    Just because you visit a LBS doesn't mean you have to spend $1K there.

    Pick a LBS, wander around, maybe sit on a couple of road bikes - talk with an employee about a possible fitting. You might be able to work a deal. And some shops carry used bikes.

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll check out Performance. Their website has a GT comparably priced to the Mongoose Cipressa I'm interestred in.

    I don't intend to race, commute, or do 100+ mile rides. I want to explore the less populated roads around Cobb county GA. I know I want a double drivetrain and will use clipless.

    Still looking for fit advice for the Mongoose. Any thougts on this bike? Small or medium? Does anybody have experience with this bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhandthebiker
    I looked quickly at the specs of both bikes, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but I'd go with the Mongoose. The GT has Sora shifters (thumb shifter used to shift to a smaller cog) which will get the job done, but the Mongoose upgrades to Tiagra (works like 105/ Ultegra...)

    Because you're a noob (to road riding) and I think fit is so important, I hedge on giving sizing advice, but will say that the geo of the Mongoose has a longish TT, so for your height (and seeing as you're gonna be new to the road riding position) I think the small is the best bet. If on the off chance you feel a little cramped (in reach), you can always get a longer stem.

    All that said, I think in the long run a fitting a a LBS is a good investment. After that's done, you'll have a much better idea on your fit requirements.

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    Thank you very much! Exactly the advice I was looking for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhandthebiker
    Thank you very much! Exactly the advice I was looking for!
    I just hope it's the right advice.
    If you go for it, don't forget to use the coupon code for the 15% off (both Performance and Nashbar are offering it).
    Good luck!
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