i am thinking about buying a road bike but i want a more modern road bike with dura ace components.
but as i've mainly stayed away from road bikes, not sure what to go for.
what are the frames which are worth looking out for ?
i will just be using it for going to work and putting extra miles in on the road.
and i want the gear shifters integrated with the brake levers.
also is there a good time to buy a road bike ?
i am thinking about how we are doing so well in the olympics, there may be some people going out to buy a nice bike only in a few months to realise its not for them. so there may be a bargain to be had there.
thanks in advance for any advice. jeff.
I've recently been considering a road bike too.... What I've learnt is that modern bikes tend to come in two flavours, racing and sportive. Race bikes are stiff and unforgiving, have long top tubes and shorter head tubes and more aggressive geometry. Sportive's on the other hand have a more relaxed and upright position and have more flex built into them and are probably the best choice for 90% of the riders out there (just like triple chainsets), but most don't want that, they want the bike the pro's ride cos they're faster innit. The size of the frame refers to the length of the top tube as opposed to the seat tube on mtb's.
If its just for commuting and the occasional leisure ride then blowing your wad on Dura Ace is going to be overkill. 105 or Tiagra is a more sensible choice for a first road bike but I suspect you know that already and just want the best. For that I salute you but you should also know that you can now get Ultegra with electronic shifting which is slightly cheaper than the DA with regular shifters.
If I were buying new it would be a tough choice between these two -
Its probably a good idea to pay for a proper bike fitting session before dropping that kind of cash on a first road bike though. And there are always good 2nd hand bargains out there depending on your size. Maybe consider buying a frame only plus a donor bike...
If you do get into it then don't forget that you will also need to budget for a new helmet, shoes and pedals (spd's and peaked helmets are a no-no on a road bike apparently
) and you will develop an irrational desire to shave your arms and legs yet wear tights and arm warmers on the hottest of days and also acquire a sneering and condescending attitude towards any other road user who is not similarly attired.....