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8/26/10 7:58 P

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WONGERCHI the Cannondale CAAD9-1 is a sweet ride. I changed my cranks and saddle too. Would love to have a TT bike - but I need to do more tri's to justify it.



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8/26/10 1:44 P

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I'm a bit late to this thread so you've probably already pulled the trigger on a bike but my dream road bike is the CAAD9-1:

www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng/Produc
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Carbon, schmarbon. I'd just change out the stock wheels, saddle and seatpost for my handbuilt wheels, and favourite saddle/seatpost combo and go. And probably the crank too, I can't stand FSA cranks.

I have other dream cyclocross and TT bikes, but I'm assuming you wanted roadbikes.



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GLYNNB Posts: 31
8/19/10 9:16 P

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I am shorter with a shorter arm reach and the specialized wsd 48in frame feels like it was made specially for me. It just really fits well. My dream bike would be a custom built Luna bike. Not gonna happen but a girl can dream ;)

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8/9/10 2:40 A

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Most important... it's the perfect fit for me, so it's more comfortable than some of my bikes in the past.
I'm a little hard to fit on a standard frame, being female, and to compound the problem I have short arms.
I had to get a really short stem and short reach handlebars and brake levers.
The bike corners aggressively without losing it's stability, rolls downhill with seemingly no effort, is stiff enough to stand and climb or sprint, yet not so stiff that it beats me up, the carbon fiber makes it comfortable and smooth on rough or cracked pavement, and best of all, for me... it climbs superbly. Being a still heavy rider makes climbing the hardest part of my rides, but this bike climbs better than other bikes I've owned in the past. (Klein Quantum, Bianchi ?, Orbea Diva, Cervelo RS, Seven Aliante)
Too be fair, I didn't get to try out any Treks, Giants, or Cannondales since they didn't have my frame size.

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SIGLED's Photo SIGLED Posts: 461
8/8/10 11:32 P

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Yep, the Cervelo R-3 my dream bike for sure.

Of course, if I had to get a TREK or SPECIALIZED or CANNONDALE or GIANT that would A-Okay too!

To dream the impossible dream...

I don't ride the bike to lose weight, but I lose weight to ride the bike!

To GOD be the Glory!



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8/8/10 9:42 P

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The Cevelo is a great ride, and you get a good bike for what you are paying.

I agree with you - 'It's good to try as many brands as you can' However, if your body and the geometry doesn't match, it is really not a good investment.

Would you elaborate - what makes the bike itself so special?



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8/8/10 9:29 P

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I've owned a "series" of different road bikes in lots of different brands beginning in 1988 with a Klein aluminum... sounds funny now!
It's good to try as many brands as you can, since one person's dream bike might be another person's nightmare.
My favorite bike, to date, and hopefully my last purchase, is my new-this-year Cervelo R3 with Shimano dura-ace. I absolutely love it!

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8/8/10 8:01 P

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I don't have any of the bikes suggested but test rode many of them before trying a bike I'd never heard of, Serotta Fierte Ti. After about 1 minute I knew I'd found the bike I always wanted and it has not disappointed. It was very expensive but so are many of those listed. One of the big pluses, especially where I live, is that it is a titanium/carbon fiber composite. This means that it provides some 'give' for the abysmal roads we have in the Boston area and that gives a bit of comfort without loss of performance. Also it will not rust, though I quickly discovered that all the components do, so winter riding is a problem (cold asides)

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8/8/10 7:44 P

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Bill, it is a very interesting question. All 'prefab' bikes have different geometry, and it is the geometry which really makes the bike comfortable for the individual.

The first thing you really should do before you start to dream is find out what your measurements are, and then dream.

I was at an expo yesterday where this very subject was discussed in a small group of people who are racing, and what I said in my first two paragraphs really summed up how you should approach it - in my opinion.



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8/8/10 7:19 P

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What would it be?

What kind of wheels? Groupo?

Reason for this? I'm in the market for a new ride and I'm torn for what to buy. Cervelo, Colnago, Trek, Specialized, Scott, Giant, Felt or Pinarello?

Anyone own any of these? Give suggestions or just dream. Some of these bikes can be outfitted into the 5-digit price range, but mine will NOT be that.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
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