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    Sub $1,400 racing bikes

    Hey all,

    I'm looking for new racing bikes in the < $1,400 neighborhood. I'm not very familiar with what's out there in this category, so I'm soliciting suggestions.

    I've taken a look at the bikes from Cannondale, Felt, Trek, Bianchi, Giant, and Specialized. Cannondale and Felt look like the value leaders. Are there brands I'm neglecting?

    Thanks for the tips,

    Alex

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    The Douglas Fusion from CC for $1499 seems like a good deal- has some dura ace on it. Although, I don't know much about Douglas or their aluminum bikes... (plus you can skip sales tax if you don't live in CO)
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    Something with Shimano 105 and a frame made from aluminum. Carbon fork w/ aluminum steerer. Ignore frames with carbon stays. Look for good sturdy wheels. Ignore bikes with "low spoke count" wheels. Ask if you can swap saddles. Determine saddle/bar drop before you buy. Do your homework, then buy, then ride lots.
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    I love my Felt F75. There were a few problems for 06 but they have all been addressed for 07 (cough s**tty FSA).

    Only upgrades are new wheels and different clipless pedals that I got as a gift before I even bought the bike. Well, I have FSA Pro chainrings and a nicer chain since FSA screwed up the cheap ones. All replaced under excellent Felt warranty. Wheels are nearly bulletproof, albeit heavy.

    *edit* I guess you want the racing characteristics...

    It's very solid and has great snap. It's not the lightest bike (19lbs I think), but the only flex I had was with the chainrings which Felt replaced for 07. Ultegra rear, 105 front. It shares the same frame as the F55, too (I think it's Felt's nicest aluminum road frame).

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    if you dont mind the compact geometry then the Giants and Specializeds should be fine. Also Schwinn makes a couple nice compact bikes the peleton (carbon frame and all 105 for $1,600) or any of the fastbacks (the elite is aluminum/carbon fork+seat stays with all 105 for $1,350). however if your like me and dont like the sloping top tube i would check out the GT gtr srs 1.0 (aluminum frame, carbon fork, all ultegra with D.A rear for $1,220 at the bike outlet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex-in-Evanston
    Hey all,

    I'm looking for new racing bikes in the < $1,400 neighborhood. I'm not very familiar with what's out there in this category, so I'm soliciting suggestions.

    I've taken a look at the bikes from Cannondale, Felt, Trek, Bianchi, Giant, and Specialized. Cannondale and Felt look like the value leaders. Are there brands I'm neglecting?

    Thanks for the tips,

    Alex
    Check out classifieds. used is a great deal.

    I'm not impressed with Trek's offerings right now. That being said, they're not bad.
    I like Felt, they're attractive bikes in terms of value and quality.
    Giant... if you like a compact, I guess. They don't do it for me, I don't like them much.
    Specialized's Allez is a great frame. But the components on the Elite don't look that stellar.

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    Thanks for all the leads. I think the Felt and the Cannondale look like the winners here. I'm doing a little poking around for my 20yo brother in law, who's getting into bikes and racing. He appreciates the help too.

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    Check out the Performance 'house brands' Scattante and Iron Horse. I've got an 05 Scattante and my wife has an 06 Iron Horse, both Ultegra. Great bikes around $1200 retail (although wifey's was found on ebay for about half that). The Scattante wears aero bars and a forward seat and serves as my tri bike.

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    Haveyou looked at the Motobecane Le Champion SL? You can purchase one online from bikesdirect.com. This bike has awesome specs!! Aluminum frame, Ultegra group, full carbon fork, American Classic 420 wheelset for under $1300. Not only that, the bikes weigh around 15-15.5 lbs. Check out the reviews on the bike. I know that fit is important so find a Fuji dealer. Fuji and Motobecanes are the same bikes. If a 56cm frame Fuji fits you then a 56 cm Motobecane fits you. Read some of the reviews here on roadbikereview.com. You'll see what I mean. Personally, I love my Felt but that Motobecane has me thinking twice. In addtion to the Performance "house brand" bikes mentioned by Seamus, Performance also has the Tirreno line along side the Scattante and Ironhorse brands- not to mention, they also sell Fuji.

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    Best wheels for the money

    On a basically unanimous aluminium frame offering in that price range, I'd try to get a complete gruppo. Shimano 105 would be the basic for racing, but lesser stuff will work fine in its first miles.

    Then go for the best wheels. If you can, you will eventually buy good race only wheels, but if not, consider buying a cheap set for training and the stock one will be your best set.

    Motobecane? Certainly. For less than a 1000$ you get great wheels, Ultegra and a very decent Kinesys frame...

    Giant? hey! I'm on a 2002 TCR 2 with lots of mileage, upgraded worn "rolling" components and decent wheels. My bike cost me less than my friend's wheelsets and somehow, I smile even when it's my turn to pull.
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    i would try to put something together yourself

    old caad 8/7 or spec allez or felt or giant or whatever ALU frame/fork (carbon w/ alu steerer)
    shimano ultegra, sram rival, or campy centuar (105 or veloce are fine as well)
    a good solid set of wheels/tires. the best you can get. for some this means a solid set of training wheels (buy real nice wheels later) or some will go for a lower end race wheel that will be trained on
    a comfy saddle, stem/bars to fit, a seatpost, and off you go....

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    I'm starting to feel like a shill myself as much as I praise them , but I love my Le Champion SL. I've got over 6000 miles on it, and the AC420 wheels are still true and smooth, the frame is crisp and responsive (I agree with others that full aluminum is the way to go for racing), and the ultegra/fsa drivetrain have given perfect crisp shifts every time.
    That everything is in great shape after a 200# rider racing and training those miles on it is impressive. Truly can't be beat for the money. That said, I've been a shop mechanic, and I know how to build, set up and maintain my bikes. I wouldn't let someone else touch it anyway, so I don't need the local mechanic. If you aren't comfortable with that maintenance the LSB might be a better choice.

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    Lot's of Choices

    Personal experience - Cannondale Optimo frame complete bikes will certainly fit the need with great ease. I have also ridden - know own a Allez Comp 06 team Gerolsteiner - full 105 - Askium race wheels - very strong although a bit heavy - if this frame fits you the bike is a terrific value - very fast and handles very quickly - also suprisingly stable. Not sure if i buy into the whole Zetrz technology - but I owned both an Allez Comp Cro MO at the same time as this bike (amongst numerous others, so this may not have this much significance - but the others are not compact geo as these 2 are)- columbus foco and sold that bike and kept this one.

    CTW 6'-4" 250 - your actual experience may vary.

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    Leader LD 736R.
    Base package for under 1200. Aluminum with carbon fork, Shimano 105 group.
    Not as spiffy on the gruppo as the MB Le Champion SL, and a bit heavier, but it sure is a lot prettier to look at.
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