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
You mightfind a Scott CR1 2011 model for under 2K, I've seen a few on bikeexchange well under that. I'm on my second one and I love 'em. Try Bike Station or Tailwind Cycles, both stock them and do good deals and after service.
Giant Defy composite 1 $2500, easily bargin down to $2000
Carbon cadents from Avanti, Giro 4 is a killer bike from Avanti on big discount or the scott Speedsters on sale at Avanti Plus stores.
+1 on the Avanti 1. You can use your SPD pedals and nobody laughs. Well not at the pedals. They might be laughing at my mirror.
tailwind have some CR1s in for around $2200, I was looking at one myself last weekend.
Specialized Roubaix famously promoted as a relaxed geometry (or sitting up high bars) if that's what you mean.
The following may not be relaxed geometry but . . .The TDU guide has several bike adverts and specials. Also several brands displayed at The Village.
Easy. Go for the Avanti Cadent. They have a full carbon frame and 105 groupset. You can find them pretty much anywhere and the Euro Bike Mags are falling in love with the marque, plus have a look on top of the neutral service cars at the TDU!
A road bike with relaxed geometry is a touring bike! Have a look at the Kona Sutra, Cannondale Touring, Surly Long Haul Trucker etc.