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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:50 pm 
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Help me please road people.

A female friend is looking to buy a road bike so she can do a triathlon and I've realised I know nothing about Shimano road groupsets.

She is looking at a Sora equipped Giant and a 2300 equipped Trek. The Trek looks like a nicer bike but in terms of the groupsets which is higher?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:07 pm 
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2300 is the basic groupset, only really available to bike builders, the next step up is Sora, then Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and finally the race-bred Dura-Ace.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:12 pm 
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Cheers for that. She is looking around £500-£700 so Sora will be the best she can hope for I suppose. The biggest (or smallest) problem is that she is only 4'10" !!

She has found a Giant that seems good value for £500 reduced from £725. I thought a Trek might be a good shout but they seem a little less well equipped.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:25 pm 
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At that height the options are severely limited, I know of one person of similar stature that has a Specialised Dolce but that may be out of the budget range, or have 2300 at the kind of money available.

Has she considered second hand? There are a few tri forums out there where she may be able to pick up a bargain (as, in my experience, there is an unusually high proportion of short blokes competing, as well as women).

A two year old bike with 105 could come out about the same money and be a much better investment than a new bike with Sora.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:40 pm 
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I would also try Islabikes - they make some very nice road bikes for smaller riders, not just kids.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:59 pm 
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hamster wrote:
I would also try Islabikes - they make some very nice road bikes for smaller riders, not just kids.


Good point, but they might be way out of budget!

I have the perfect bike hiding in my garage, but she can't have it (it's for my daughter), a Paul Donohue frame @ 18" (45cm), with 650 wheels....


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:01 pm 
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The smallest Tifosi frame is 450mm CK7 centre to top and the 450mm C-T CK3. They ould work for her. You won't find one at £500 though unless the shop is selling at a loss.

I don't have one that size she could try anyway but someone might.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:05 pm 
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A quick trawl of t'bay brings up these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-FELT-ZW95 ... 679wt_1114 A Felt, nice frame, half decent groupset (microshift shifters and mechs with a couple of bits of Tiagra)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Airli ... 319wt_1348 Raleigh with Sora

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Whistle-Win-W ... 207wt_1141 Whistle with Sora (and 2300 FD)

Or, if she wants to go out on a limb a bit, there are a few ladies frames out there that would build up nicely.


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