I have bike that I can crise around on roads ok -- an MTb with slicks. The goal is something more for that purpose and that fits better for long hours in he saddle wiht out eventual tendonitis / joint issues that come wiht a bike that doesn't fit right/ isn't right for the purpose.
Any advice for MTBer buying road bike? - Page 2
- 8,845 Posts. Joined 10/2004
- Location: New England
- Select All Posts By This User
Get one of these, only $14,000 (with electronic shifting.)
I have done a few parking lot rides so far.
Specialized Roubaix Elite 56cm
Specialized Roubaix Comp 54cm
Both felt comfortable -- Cadillac ride. I think I am sort of between sizes and could ride either w/ adjustments. I liked both bikes very much. Very comfy and seem to handle well.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 56 cm-- Felt great. Best riding bike of the bunch imo. Felt fast and very comfortable.
Cannondale CAAD 8 56cm -- Its aluminum. I could tell right away. Felt skitish over pot holes and also felt a tad too stretched out. Bars felt lower. Meh.
Cervello RS (52 cm) -- Too small. Also the frame seemed very stiff and not as compliant as the cannondale or spesh.
The only bike with sram was the roubaix comp. I liked the mechanics of the shifters better than the 105 shimano. And the low end shimano shifting mechanics were even more convoluted.
Edit to add: I just wanted to add that this experience has me totally sold on a road bike. Its instantly obvious how over built and harsh my MTB is for road rides compared to even a lower end bike like the CAAD. Also I like the drops, they seem to have many more options for hand positions.
Edited by tromano - 7/14/10 at 7:53pm
Will be going to the giant dealer as well as some other shops. Actually its the defy model that has caught my eye form giant and the TCR advance dis out of my price range. I don't think there is a Fisher dealer in town.
Edited by tromano - 7/14/10 at 8:34pm
Ok one more. Final test.
Tried a Jamis Ventura sport and Race today. 56cm and 54cm. 54cm was the answer. I like the feel. Quicker snappier handling then the giant. No where near as plush as the synapse or roubaix but a nice quiet feeling out back. Feels solid climbing and descending.
The race has carbon stays and full 105 drive train. For 999. They were closing at the time and I hadn't quite made up my mind. Any one else have some thoughts?
Edited by tromano - 7/19/10 at 7:20pm
So here is what I came home with. A 55cm Raliegh Clubman. Reynolds 520 frame, and Tiagra components. I was looking for an entry level steel bike all along and had not found any at all. So when I found this one hidden in the back of the store in my size for 750 I snapped it up. So stoked on this.
You forgot the under-seat bag and the bottle cage and the handlebar bag/map case and the headlamp and the rear light and the ginormous clamp for the U-lock!
Yeah, OK, you came back with a completely different bike than I expected you to buy.
Comfort note: leather saddles flex more than plastic-frame ones, do not expect the same saddle position as with a plastic saddle. Do not be surprised if you wind up having this one nose high once you break it in.
And you should have said you were looking for steel earlier.
I was surprised too. I was all set to get the ventura. They had a 2009 on sale and I tried out the 2010 and was liking it a lot. But then... I realised the one on sale was a 2009 with a different geo that when I tried it just was slightly too small feeling to me. And the 2010 was more than I wanted to pay. So the hunt continued.
This was the first steel bike I have ever ridden and I really like the material. I wanted something cheap and comfortable that will last. Also I was leaning towards a more versatile road bike that can have racks on it for commuting or groceries if I want. So when I saw this one it I was like yes this is it! And as far as the handling of the bike. It seems to have a good all around feel. I like the steering on it. It feels snappy -- but not twitchy -- more neutral and well balanced. More in the bike than over the bike.
I have never ridden a leather saddle so we will see how it goes. So far it is not uncomfortable.
The bike didn't come with fenders. I don't think I will need them here in UT. It hardly ever rains.
Also I put my clipless pedals on the steed as well as some silver bottle cages.
I did my morning commute on the bike its only about 4 miles 1 way but has about a mile of climbing at about 6%. The gearing seems decent for my uses.
I believe you. I am just having a hard time wrapping my brain around the concept of a bike called "Raleigh Clubman" without fenders.
Times have changed my friend.....and not necessarily for the better.
Some classic Bluemels mudguards would be the ticket
Edited by Rossi Smash - 7/21/10 at 5:11pm
So, about road bikes, a few things that I didn't see mentioned here (and yeah, I know you already got a bike, but for anyone else reading...). One important thing to consider when deciding on components is how the brake hoods feel in your hands. Campy, SRAM and Shimano are all different. So try 'em all and see what feels right. Cranks. You can get a standard double, a compact double or a triple. Most people are going to get a compact double. I don't know what the numbers are, but I'd bet they outsell the rest by a good margin. But are they right for everyone? Probably not. If I were getting a new bike today I'd consider a triple. I have both a standard double and a compact. The compact is 34/50 and the other is 39/53(or 50). I find that the 53 is of little use to me when I am riding alone. In a group I can use it as the group goes faster. The 34/50 is nice, but the jump is sooo big when I switch chainrings that I'll find myself changing up 2 or 3 cogs when I switch to the smaller ring. A triple with a 30/39/50 sure would be nice to try.
Epic....try a 34/46 compact... you'll use the whole cassette and have a smaller jump between rings.
I personally LIKE a big jump to the smaller ring
I have several bikes set up with a W I D E range double, as in 28/46 give or take a few teeth.
Not a modern Campy fan....not really even a retro Campy fan for that matter....
*still wants to set up a quarter-mile bike with 63/52 front.*
I d love to try it.
in a car draft on a flat wednesday I hit 52mph. my 53/11 was getting tough to spin. This is very rare occurance I get a draft from large car moving at 40+ mph though.
Usually I am lucky to be over 30mph on flat in short burst, but I am almost never in 53/11 then.