can anyone recomment a road bike with relaxed geometry?
i currently own a marin lucas valley flat bar road bike and it has served its purpose well
now looking to upgrade to a road bike but looking for a non agressive frame/geometry
my budget is 2000 dollars and looking for atleast a carbon fork and 105s
currently have mtb spd shoes and pedals which work effectively for what i use the bike for which is commuting and fitness, could i get away with using these on a road bike or do i have to fork out money for a proper set of spd-sl and shoes, is it the same or just different?
this will be my first time changing from flat bar shifter to road bike shifters
i have read about the cannondale synapse, does anyone have friends or yourself have good experience with them, was looking at the synapse alloy 5 model with 105?
i am also tempted to walk to my local LBS to see what stock they want to get rid of and take advantage of that but have the fear of getting the wrong bike
I was in your position late last year and decided on a Specialized Roubaix. Moving from a Giant flat bar road to the Roubaix has been fantastic - can highly recommend
At The Village was a display of Specialized bikes. Told that it included every bike they sold in Australia, and in every size. However, could be closed on Sunday.
i have just bought a giant 2012 defy1(carbon fork only) for a rather nice sum- it was second hand though. had a quick ride and have spent the last 90mins giving it a bit of a basic service/adjustments and clean. i'm over the moon with it.
there's now a 2012 avanti explorer 3.0 that i'm looking to offload...
specialized roubaix for carbon fiber frames and secteur for alloy. i have one of these bikes, the roubaix it s fantastic comfortable bike. the head tube is 2 cm higher than the tarmac so it can give the rider an comfortable position. with zerts inserts you won t feel vibration. as usual these bikes handles like a dream and it s very fast bike at the same time.
Emile, can you explain zerts inserts? I like a shock absorber in the post under the saddle.
yes heather.. zerts inserts is a materials that specialized uses in the fork the seat stays and the saddles. these zerts inserts absorb high frequency vibration. that will make a difference especially on the long rides. this bike was design fro all day ride and hard rides like paris roubaix with much bump and old roads
I have a Salsa Casseroll that I use for commuting and some longer rides. It is sold as a light touring bike, which means the geometry is more relaxed than a race bike, but not as relaxed as a full touring bike like a Surly LHT. It has a steel frame and 105 components and comfortably fits mudguards and racks if you want to commute year round, or carry a bit of load. It is really nice to ride; not the fastest thing out there, but you really do feel that you could just cruise all day on it (and if you have the legs you can still give a few roadies a bit of a surprise!!).
I'm not sure what it retails for these days, I think it might be stretching your budget a bit, but would be well worth looking at.