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    race performance bike vs endurance bike

    is there really a big difference between the two bikes? I was lookind at an endurance model but I'm leaning towards a more race performance bike now. opinions?

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    You'd have to provide specific models if you want specific answers.

    Generally speaking, endurance models have a more relaxed/more comfortable (higher stack)geometry, and can manage a wider wheel/tire, providing a little more flexibility in where and how you can ride them.

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    As for an opinion, again being general here, I personally prefer a slightly more comfortable ride these days. I'm not a racer, and my body can't handle the punishment it used to. I tend to ride more for distance than speed/power, and thus run a wider, more reliable wheel/tire than a typical 'race' bike.

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    thanks for the reply, I'm looking at the orbea orca m20/m20 speed vs orbea avant m20. Not a lot of orbeas in my area so I cant really just go test ride them, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose5077 View Post
    thanks for the reply, I'm looking at the orbea orca m20/m20 speed vs orbea avant m20. Not a lot of orbeas in my area so I cant really just go test ride them, thanks
    JMO, but I wouldn't buy a first bike I couldn't ride. I know you've mentioned liking Orbea's, but it may be in your best interest to branch out a bit. Test ride both race and endurance... out on the roads.

    It's the old adage, ride, then decide.

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    true, Ill probably actually wait until I get out to where I'm going there are a number of dealers out there compared to not really any with any stock near me

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    Watch a few videos on youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-s3tfhEyl4
    Last edited by threebikes; 07-16-2016 at 06:14 PM.
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    Another factor to consider is if you could benefit from using tires bigger than 25mm (or in the case of some race frames bigger than 23mm, and just about everyone can benefit from using tires bigger than 23mm, at times, unless they are super light and live where the roads are all smooth).
    I don't know if this applies to the particular bikes you're considering but generally something marketed as an endurance frame is more likely to be able to take 28mm tires or bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ352 View Post
    JMO, but I wouldn't buy a first bike I couldn't ride. I know you've mentioned liking Orbea's, but it may be in your best interest to branch out a bit. Test ride both race and endurance... out on the roads.

    It's the old adage, ride, then decide.
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