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Cheap Carbon Bike with 105

Old 02-13-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
Love my Fuji Transonic, came with almost full Ultegra r8000 and can be had pretty cheap since Performance is going out of business. But it rides great, shifts great, and the direct mount brakes are fantastic. Upgrade the crank for $200 (which I did), and you've got a full Ultegra carbon aero bike for less than most people pay for a set of wheels.
I was really dismayed to hear they were closing. On the bright side, I picked up a Kestrel Talon X with 105 and direct mount brakes for $1200, which softened the blow. Never owned a carbon bike before, and after putting some miles on it, I don't want to ride anything else. I owned an aluminum Fuji a while back too. Didn't have any complaints. 👍
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Old 02-13-19, 01:09 PM
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high quality steel or aluminum is gonna ride better than cheap carbon, a cheaper upgrade would be getting a good carbon fork and seatpost
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Old 02-13-19, 04:16 PM
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I like my Trek Emonda ALR5. 105 groupset and within your price range.
The frame is as light or even lighter than many low/mid range carbon and it rides great.
The stock wheels are heavy but everything else is good.
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Old 02-13-19, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
I like my Trek Emonda ALR5. 105 groupset and within your price range.
The frame is as light or even lighter than many low/mid range carbon and it rides great.
The stock wheels are heavy but everything else is good.
I was going to mention the ALR5. The Spec Allez is in the same conversation.
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Old 02-13-19, 08:58 PM
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Go to competitive cyclists website and check out the 1500 buck Ridley Fenix they'selling.

I ride the same frame, and there's nothing "cheap carbon" about it.
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Old 02-13-19, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Chi_Z View Post
high quality steel or aluminum is gonna ride better than cheap carbon, a cheaper upgrade would be getting a good carbon fork and seatpost
High quality steel (or maybe even HQ aluminium) will probably cost far more than cheap CF.
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Old 09-18-19, 08:43 AM
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Ended up getting the Schwinn Fastback and really love it! Thanks for everyone who suggested bikes. Now let's ride!
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Old 09-18-19, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Two Wheel Tango View Post
I'm looking to upgrade my aluminum road bike and I'd like to get a cheap (less than $1500) carbon bike with a decent group set (shimano 105 or better). Any recommendations?

Thank you,

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Giant. Best bang for the buck. Their ''entry level'' composite is known to be reliable, stiff and of very good quality.

For 1500$ you can get a Defy Adv. 1 or a TCR Adv. 1 (Mechanical Ultegra groupset on both).
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Old 09-18-19, 02:28 PM
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Sale Kestrel Sale Event: RT1100 Shimano 105 Carbon Road Bikes Kestrel Factory Clearance Sale
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Old 09-19-19, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Chi_Z View Post
high quality steel or aluminum is gonna ride better than cheap carbon, a cheaper upgrade would be getting a good carbon fork and seatpost
And more importantly, be a lot safer... Some things aren't worth being cheap on if you do care about your safety. I'd def. go for high quality non-CF material instead.

Oh wait, are you saying cheap as ''not expensive'' or cheap as ''low quality''? lol
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