Buy the right bike


(Giulio) #1

Hi guys I’m trying to find a bike to join the club, but I really don’t have any idea of what to buy. My budget is between 1000-2000$.
I found these bikes on Indépendant CC-Le bazar,

1

$ 1999
PEPS de l’Université Laval
Full carbon - Medium/Large
Ultegra 6700 - 11v
Powermeter Stage 172.5mm
Selle Fisik Arione
Roues bontrager lite
Avec Computer Polar V650 (2195$ total)
Le cadre 2017 a servi 2 saisons.
Roues et Powermeter ont 1000km seulement.

Raison vente: nouveau TT

2

Vélo de route full Carbon Argon 18 Krypton
$ 1450
La Prairie
J’ai acheté ce vélo flambant neuf en 2012 d’un mécano travaillant chez Argon et il est en très bonne condition même car toujours bien entretenu. Ce vélo (que j’appelle mon petit cheval de course) représente une histoire d’amour qui a duré 6 ans et m’a permis de vivre mon trip de cyclosportif à travers des sorties et défis sportifs ici au Québec mais aussi aux USA, en Europe, et dans les Caraïbes avec ma blonde et des amis. Je le laisse aller non pas que ne l’aime plus, bien au contraire, mais parce que je me suis gâté au printemps dernier pour un autre vélo… et oui j’étais rendu là …!
Caractéristiques:
-Grandeur Small (équiv. 51 pour taille env. 5pi.4po.@ 5pi.10po.)
-Dérailleurs/Freins Shimano 105
-Plateau avant compact 50-34 / Cassette arrière 11-25
-Roues Mavic Ksyrium Elite en aluminium (pour pneus 23 à 25mm)
-Selle Prologo

3

TREK Madone 4.5
$ 1800
Repentigny
Description
Vélo acheté neuf,
56 cm
Impeccable, guidoline en parfaite état, levier de frein sans égratignure
Selle Italia
Chaîne et pneus Neuf
-1 800$ avec les roues hautes performances American Classic (tel que vue sur photos), payées 1 200$ + roues originales.
-1 400$ avec roues d’origines seulement.

4

Magnifique Guru en Columbus Thron fraîchement peinturé chez Marinoni
Groupe édition spécial Campagnolo Centaur 10v
Pédalier carbone, manette aussi
Fourche Columbus Minimal
Tige de selle Thomson Elite
Guidon Easton carbone EC90
Wheelset neuf Campagnolo Vento
Grandeur 56cm
Bref, le bike est monté en neuf au complet…
Nouveau projet en cours

5

Trek Domane 4.5 2016 11 vitesses
$ 2000
Montréal
Vélo de route Trek Domane 4.5 2016
Excellent vélo pour un cycliste qui cherche performance et confort. Sa technologie ISOspeed développé pour Trek offre un confort incomparable puisque la majeure partie des imperfections de chaussées sont amorties par le vélo. Il offre donc de diminuer la fatigue musculaire et articulaire de dos, du cou et des bras ce qui rend sa conduite unique. De plus, les dérailleurs Ultegra permettent de faire des changements de vitesse rapide et efficacement idéal pour les variations de reliefs.
Les caractéristiques du vélo :
-Grandeur XL (58 cm) … Entre 6" et 6"3’
-Dérailleur arrière Shimano Ultegra R8000 11 vitesses
-Dérailleur avant Shimano Ultegra R8000
-Cassette Shimano 105 (11/32)
-Pédalier Shimano 105 (50/34)
-Freins Shimano 105
-6405 km depuis l’achat
La cassette et la chaîne ont été changé en milieu d’été dernier.
J’inclus aussi l’odomètre, ainsi que le capteur de vitesse et de RPM puisque Trek ont développé une technologie qui permet d’avoir le capteur intégré dans le cadre (tu vas voir dans les photos).

what do you think? Which one worts the price? do you have any suggestion on what to buy?


(Alexis Blanchet-Cohen) #2

They all look fine options to me.
They are however all very different frame sizes, from 51 cm to 58 cm.
You want to find out what your frame size is first before picking a bike.
Once you’ve determined your frame size, you’ll see that there will be far less bikes to choose between on the used market.

I myself bought a used Trek Emonda SL6 Pro 54 cm last year, which is possibly the most popular model in the club. It’s a full carbon bike with carbon wheels and an Ultegra groupset. I don’t think the bike is as important as the rider though, as long as you have a half-decent racing bike with clipless pedals.


(Dylan Dalgas) #3

:pray:


(Adithya Lakshminarayanan) #4

Hi Giulio,

I definitely think you need to determine the size of frame that would best fit you. This can usually be done by considering your height and in-seam length, and then looking at a chart that most bike manufacturers publish on their websites. The sizing can vary from bike to bike, so it’s best you take a look at the frame size conversion chart for every bike you consider, just to be sure.

Secondly, I think that you should get a Shimano 105 groupset at the very least for the price range (I’d say around a 1000 dollars for a bike with 105 is a fair price). It’s best if all the components are from the same groupset.

With regards to the bikes you posted:

  1. (Giant TCR 2017) Not too bad, but I think it is still pricey for what it is. The groupset is two models old now (not that it makes too much of a difference, but buying spare parts would be tough if anything broke), and although it comes with a pair of wheels, they are not really of good quality.

  2. (Argon Krypton 2012) Bottom line is I think it is old, and expensive. The frame size is also wildly different to the first one.

  3. (Trek Madone) The description doesn’t say the groupset used, and I think the bike is at least 3 years old.

  4. (Guru) This bike looks pretty good, but no price is stated. I’m guessing that it’s at most 2000 dollars? @Felix, do you think this is a good buy?

  5. (Domane) : Not sure about this one. I think the groupset is fine (a combination of 105 & Ultegra), but I think it is over priced for sure.

Lastly, while I agree that the rider is just as important as the bike, I think that if you are going to have to spend some money on a bike, you might as well make sure you get the best bang for your buck. I personally would not pursue any of the options you posted, except the Guru if Felix thinks it is good!


(Giulio) #5

I just saw the post. I’m 5.9 feat, 180cm, so I guess 54/56cm should be ok.

The Guru bike is 2008, components are new, but I would probably go for that has less than 10 years anyway.
Guru Campagnolo
$ 1650 Ora $ 1500
Secteur S
Magnifique Guru en Columbus Thron fraîchement peinturé chez Marinoni
Groupe édition spécial Campagnolo Centaur 10v
Pédalier carbone, manette aussi
Fourche Columbus Minimal
Tige de selle Thomson Elite
Guidon Easton carbone EC90
Wheelset neuf Campagnolo Vento
Grandeur 56cm
Bref, le bike est monté en neuf au complet…
Nouveau projet en cours

I can have the GIANT for 1550

and there is this one that I can probably get at 1400 or something like this
Vélo Specialized Roubaix SL4
$ 1500
Parc-Cartier, Rivière-du-Loup
Vélo de route Specialized Roubaix SL4 2016, à vendre à Rivière-du-Loup, en parfait état, seulement 240 KM d’utilisation.
Grandeur: 54


(Felix Oestereich) #6

I’d say that the 1. (giant tcr) is the best of all the ones posted.

Other than that there is a caad12 Ultegra for 1600$. That’s a good option as well


(Adithya Lakshminarayanan) #7

@HappyJack, I think @Felix is talking about this bike: it’s 56cm, pretty new, good groupset, and good frame. I’d definitely recommend it, as well.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1476138519326764/permalink/2299688323638442/?sale_post_id=2299688323638442


(emily) #8

Hey @HappyJack did you end up buying a bike (if so what did you get)?!?! If your still deciding, you are welcome to borrow mine for some rides while you track down the perfect bike. It’s nothing fancy but is 54’’ (I think) and would at the minimum get you out on the road.


(Giulio) #9

I just bought the bike 2h ago, the GIANT. It’s very kind of you I appreciate. I will just have to buy pedals, helmet, glass gloves and things like that, any suggestion to where to go?