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    I'm looking to get back into road biking after about ten years of not riding much on the road (got into racing mountain bikes for a while, then got married, kids, etc). My old bike, a Performance Titanium with 8 speed Ultegra, now exists as a townie for hauling the trailer and trail-a-bike. I've got two buddies who are starting to ramp up their riding and we've proposed setting RAGBRAI as a goal.

    I would like a new mountain bike, and would like to keep it as close to $1k as possible. I'm 6' tall and my racing and weight weenie days are as far behind me as my 32" waistline. My old frame was 57/57, 73/73, and that geometry seemed to agree with me. I've been doing some agressive research over the last month and have found the following three bikes that have possibilities:

    1: 2007 NOS Fuji Roubaix RC. All Ultegra 10 speed except for the crank, brakes and wheels. Wheels are Alex 320, which they can keep. I'll swap out the FSA for a FC-R700 compact and switch out the Cane Creek SCR-3 calipers for the Ultegra ones on the townie. It's a 56cm, but the 11 cm stem provides the rule of thumb handlebar to front axle occlusion.

    2. Build up a NOS Scattante Pro 57cm frame with on-sale SRAM Rival parts. I've already got cockpit and saddle covered.

    3. 56cm equivalent Salsa Campeon with mainly 105 parts with Ultegra derailleurs.

    All three bikes are within $75, and I'd be using either of a pair of Sun/Ultegra wheels that I built up strong a while back and have never used.

    So, for someone who plans to ride the trainer a bunch this winter (nagging wife wants it next to her treadmill), and then strike out on medium to long rides, which makes more sense? I'm agnostic between STI/SRAM.

    Glenn D.

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    Hi Glenn

    I can't add any real value to your thread other than to bump it back up in the new posts order. I have heard favorable comments on Salsa, but not much good or bad on the other two.
    Escalate. Always escalate.

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    Quick update: picked up a 2007 NOS Fuji Team today at the 15% off New Year's Day sale - out the door for $1104. It's mostly 105 with the C4 frame. I also picked up a set of DuraAce 10 speed brifters for $255 that will replace the 105s, which I'll sell, along with the Shimano wheels. Pretty excited about getting back into the road scene. It's still a one finger wave, right? Mountain bikers wave a pipe or bong as you go by.

    Glenn D.

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