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New Cycler - Is it worth it to spend more to go with a 2019 Roubaix (at a discount)?

Old 08-08-19, 05:01 PM
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New Cycler - Is it worth it to spend more to go with a 2019 Roubaix (at a discount)?

I have been learning a lot the past week as I am trying to narrow down what bike to go with.
I have narrowed it down to these four. As a beginner (on the northeast of the US with a real winter), what would you recommend?
  1. 2017 - Roubaix Elite Carbon. Disc Brakes, Mechanical Brakes, 105 - $1980 (supposed original list price 2800)
  2. 2019 - Roubaix Sport Carbon - Hydraulic Disc brakes, Shimano 105 7000 series - $2199
  3. 2019 - Roubaix Expert Carbon - Ultegra with Hydraulic disc brakes $2499
  4. 2019 - BMC Gran Fondo - Taigra with Rim brakes - $1499
I have no problem paying a bit more if I will actually help me and make me enjoy riding a bit more. But if it won't make a practical difference to me at my stage then I wouldn't want to.

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Old 08-08-19, 05:06 PM
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Number one rule buying a bike, make sure it fits you properly. Much more important than the price you pay. For me , if it was the one I was the most comfortable on, it would be the BMC with the Tiagra. Paying more, while certainly feeding your ego, does nothing for actually enjoying the riding of the bike. Just my opinion.
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Old 08-08-19, 05:30 PM
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I would go try them all.
Re comfort I was advised the roubaix has something to make bumps more comfortable
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Those all seem like a lotta bike for a beginner unless you're sure you're really going to be into cycling as a hobby. My wife wanted to give cycling a try a few seasons ago so we bought her a new bike. We were actually looking at the Ruby versions of those same bikes but ended up getting an aluminum/105 fuji for a lot less. Glad we did because I'd be surprised if she's ridden it a hundred miles total. She has ridden it this season exactly one time for about 10 miles.

If you're already sure you love cycling and are going to ride the heck out of it then get #3 . After you've ridden it a few thousand miles a year for a few years you'll completely forget about the extra couple hundred bucks it cost to move up from 105.
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Old 08-09-19, 05:37 AM
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Another vote for #3 . Small premium over the 105. You may also be getting nicer wheels.
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Assuming they fit and are comfortable to you, I'd pick #3 . But honestly only you will know. Considering the money your about to plunk down, I'd ride a bunch of bikes from different companies. Geometry makes a difference. Try the different types. You may be surprised what you like. Sometimes you think you know what you need or like spend the money only to find out after the sale that you really liked or needed something else. Just do your research and buy smart. Cycling is a money pit and you can get carried away. Dont forget to leave room in the budget for kit. That's another expense that must be considered for comforts sake.
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Old 08-09-19, 06:39 AM
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Didn't you already ask this question? You do not need to create a new thread for every question. You can update the old thread.
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