I am thinking of getting a racer bike, which must be much lighter, little faster and more comfortable to ride. My recent bike is Scott Sub 10, the early edition, made of heavy aluminium frame, quite uncomfortable to ride. I use my bike often not least to bring heavy juicy fruits from the far away food stores-:)
I know that there is almost no limit to how expensive a quality carbon bike is priced, but I am looking to the price range not too high, as I am far from going pro...:-) However, I am looking for better quality compared to what I have now.
I have been eying at 2012 Trek Madone 3.5 or 4.7, but I know there are other interesting models from other brands, including Scott. I am not that informed of all the supply alternatives yet, but I do not want to just pay extra for a brand label only, I have also considered buying an assembled bike with hand picked quality components...
I recently bought a Specialized Allez Sport and I'm very happy with it!
I don't know your price range, but this is the best road bike under $1000, it's 990msrp, but now you can get the 2012 model on sale, i got it for 850 because the 2013 models are coming out already.
I don't think it's worth to get carbon for the few grams, unless you're a pro racer, that's what DR says too.
Thanks, I will check out this alternative.
Spend $200 - $300 dollars and get properly fit for your frame and each of your bicycle components. The shop that fits you should give suggestions for the best components that are within your budget, or at least you'll have the right data so you will know what ones to search for.
Once you know what all your components are, commission a custom built frame and search the internet (ebay is great) for the correct components that are within your budget range. If you can't afford custom carbon fiber frame, a lighter weight custom aluminum may be your only option. I'm not sure of your budget, but Phil Webb will make a custom bamboo road frame for about $1200 dollars (after shipping). I have a photo of his finished product in my gallery. DR rides one too. I'm sure this is more expensive than a custom aluminum frame, but probably cheaper than a custom carbon fiber.
You may end up spending more getting a custom bicycle set up for you, but it will be miles more comfortable and increase your enjoyment with riding.
Even if it's more than your budget allows, if you have the credit to get a loan and make monthly payments, it's worth it if you're serious about riding regularly.
Hi Universal Mind,
Wow, didn't even imagine that bamboo can be used as well to build decent bikes:-)
Very interesting option, natural material, durable, light, aesthetic.
Yes, one of my options is to check out a custom carbon fiber frame, and a custom bamboo road frame is very interesting alternative.
How will you compare the bamboo versus carbon fiber frame in regards to chock absorption, weight and durability?
Do you own one of these bamboo bikes and/or can tell more?
My idea with getting a carbon fiber frame is not only due to its lightness in weight, but specially due to its chock and vibration absorption, reduction, damping... This feature is decisive for a more "comfortable" ride, specially if the road surface is not perfectly smooth, which is where I usually ride.
With this upgrade, I am looking to improve the comfort and feel of riding (and speed), which will make me to want ride way more than I 've done so far...;-)