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huckleberry

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01/26/2021 01:27 PM
I'm looking at a mid-upper tier level bike - around $6K. I want to enter the new technology arena and the bike should... be aero - aero tubing, hidden cables, electronic shifting, disc brakes, 17.5 pounds or under. I would like new, as I have never purchased a new bike, but traded for artwork or bought used. I love my present bikes, but want the experience of all the advancements while I've hidden from the cycling world. My top choice so far is the Orbea Orca M21eLTD to give you an idea of what I'm looking at. Thanks! Chris
Cosmic Kid

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01/26/2021 03:38 PM
Hmmmm....so many options. The Orbea is pretty damn sweet.

Others to consider (general families, not specific models)

Specialized Venge (or even Tarmac)
Trek madone (but may fall outside your weight target)
Giant Propel (great bang-for-buck)
Canyon Aeroad (I have the 2018 model and love it)

But honestly, it may come down to simply what you can find. There is still a massive bike shortage and dealers' floors are pretty empty still.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
huckleberry

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01/26/2021 04:17 PM
Thanks CK -

I'm starting the search now, but don't need it right off as I am happy with my bikes, but would really like to experience the technological benefits of new technology in the near future.

Oh, another criteria is that it is good for climbing - so again, weight. I always seem to live near mountains and despite my weight, I love climbing ; )

Although I really like many of the Specialized and Trek models, they seem to come with a 25% premium just for their brand names, and typically I can't seem to get all I want in my price point unless I go for used.

So far my list is Orbea Orca M31eLTD - I like SRAM, can't help it. Canyon Aeroad - I'm in between sizes so I would really need to find someone with the bike to try the size. And lastly, so far, The Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 - like that it has a power meter included, but the looks of the bike and possible paint doesn't make me tingle ; )
Cosmic Kid

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01/26/2021 04:25 PM
but the looks of the bike and possible paint doesn't make me tingle


Then don't get it....one of the trueisms in bikes is that if it doesn't make you wanna ride it, you won't. You are getting this because you clearly wanna enjoy the bike. Don't settle for something that doesn't "tingle".

Another option would be the Scott Foil 10....also has a Force AXS option for ~$6K.

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
huckleberry

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01/26/2021 04:49 PM
Yeah, I like the foil.

When does your crystal ball possibly foresee bike companies refreshing their stock. I know Orbea is out of Spain, but I don't know if they also manufacture there.
Orange Crush

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01/26/2021 06:03 PM
I'd go for the Orbea. If after half a year you don't like the look, I'll gladly take it off your hands half price. Seriously, this is how I scored my first road bike, top end bike at the time.

I like my current Orbea road bike. I also still have two Treks (commuter and road bike) that just don't seem to want to die, so you definitely get value. I used to have Giants, also good experience. I also have one Specialized (and the family as a whole has a few) which feels like lowest value for money.

Indeed inventory is the big question and in current situation it would be hard to play the game I usually play when satisfying new bike itch...wait until year-end clearance when shop is updating their inventory, and get that killer- 40-50% off. That's not going to replay for a while.
huckleberry

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01/26/2021 06:15 PM
OC -

I haven't bought a new bike since 1984 - a Fuji Team. All my bikes have been new model trades for artwork or getting killer deals on used two year old bikes that were in great condition - many lawyers, doctors, other high ego types with cash tend to buy and not ride much. I'm wondering if with the covid bike boom if it is here to stay or if we will see a lot of barley used bikes back on the market once we get past the pandemic.

I absolutely am in love with the Orbea Orca. The M21eLTD has some really nice color choices. My only negative, and I'm not sure it's that great of one, is that I was looking for a fully integrated/aero cockpit, but aside from thatI am not seeing the negatives.

My wife is asking which bike I am going to get rid of... I can't do it, they are my babies. We moved to a smaller house in Ashland and I only have 5 bikes, but they are hanging nicely in various rooms and hallways, as we don't have a garage ; )
79pmooney

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01/26/2021 06:47 PM
You are in Ashland! Have you ridden that descent yet, Dead Indian Memorial Highway? I got to ride it knowing nothing in advance with non one around me at the end of day 4, Cycle Oregon 2012. On Jessica J, in a 42-12 (95" GI). What a blast!

It became really clear that the road, terrain, vegetation, turns, etc. were those of Mt. Diable, Contra Costa County, hundreds of miles south in the Bay Area. (I used to ride it from the island of Alameda in the early '80s.) That I knew all these turns I'd never seen before. Couldn't go totally bonkers; I was on a fix gear but Jessica was completely in her element and I couldn't have asked for a better gear.

Now going up it 2 days later in a 42-23 was a different story!
huckleberry

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01/26/2021 08:21 PM
Yes, I have been riding DIM. We got here in late October, and it only takes me 20 minutes to ride to the base of the climb. It's wonderful. I haven't made it to the top, the furthest yet is ten miles up as I run into snow and slush and gravel. I look forward to the loop this Spring. Another really nice climb is to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area. I did that around the beginning of November on a beautiful day, and now it is several feet deep in snow. Also, on a gravel bike, or a road bike with some 32's you can ride the Ashland Reservoir Loop. Again dictated by snow. We just ended a little two week dry spell, so I was able to get fairly close to the area where it flattens out for many miles before descending again, but now it's covered again. Ashland is an interesting area for riding, quite nice, even in the Winter.
Orange Crush

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01/26/2021 08:22 PM
Now I feel bad. My four bikes and one of my wife have their own room that they only need to share with ski and other outdoor equipment. The four other family bikes are in next area over. We were recipients of a house with large unfinished basement with easy egress so space is no issue. Two summers ago we hosted a girls bike team from Quebec and could sleep everyone plus host their three super fancy bikes. That must have been “peak bike” for the house

My wife has two bikes now and wants another two, one upright e-assist city bike (hills like SF here) and an e-gravel bike. Looking for ideas on the second one, something with enough juice to provide support for the daylong rides I tend to go on.
huckleberry

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01/26/2021 08:24 PM
; )

We decided to downsize, and are okay with the "wall-art" as they are all beauties.

Just have no idea where I would put another...
Orange Crush

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01/26/2021 08:27 PM
I just have a hard time seeing how that would work with my bikes coming home all muddy and not cleaning them until they really need it. Friday ride went through a nice deep water and mud sector. For the Orbea no problem that one only comes out in summer and just sees tarmac. Just like there’s oil stains under cars the basement concrete is stained in bike storage area. This would not go over well w hardwood floors or carpet.
Orange Crush

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01/26/2021 08:50 PM
Btw that is a nice area. Passed through there a couple times, last one with a moving van in 2000 headed up to Vancouver from Bay Area. Spent a week hiking and river rafting a bit south in Shasta Trinity area. Shasta was actually on last summer’s visit list for gravel riding but oh well.
Cosmic Kid

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01/26/2021 10:29 PM
When does your crystal ball possibly foresee bike companies refreshing their stock


*shrug emoji*

I think it is gonna be pretty thin for the rest of the year....at least if rumors of the new Shimano / SRAM stuff are accurate.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Nick A

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01/27/2021 05:44 AM
Sounds like maybe even though it's modern technology you're after, you want something with some style too.

I don't know what their offerings are like right now, but maybe look into Marinoni? I bought one almost 15 years ago. There's (or, at least, was) an option to choose your own paint, decals, etc. They're based in Quebec.

And on storage. When we lived in Fort Collins Colorado almost 30 years ago, we had an extra bedroom in our carpeted apartment. I bought a bunch of clear plastic carpet runner protection from the home improvement store and laid it wall to wall. LOL.

Nick
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