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Best Road Bike under 2,000
#1
Hi. I am looking at getting a new road bike and wanted some advice. I have up to $2,000 to spend.
I’m looking at the Canyon Endurace Or the Trek Emonda and needed some advice on which is better value for money, or if you have any other suggestions.
I’m leaning towards the Canyon Endurace - and these options - AL 7.0 disc, CF 7.0 or CF SL 7.0 disc or CF 8.0 - any preference?
someone also mentioned the Trek Emonda SL5 or SL6 which is currently reduced.
Some questions I have....
- aluminium or carbon frame - is carbon worth the extra money at this price or should I go for aluminium and better options - groupset and wheels?
- rim or disc brakes?
Thanks.
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#2
Wew, they had GT Grade Carbons up at a Local Bike Shop for 2K at the start of the pandemic.

If there was one, that would be it.

Just found this Motobecane deal. It says carbon and right at your price point.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/carbon-road-bikes/carbon-road-bikes-immortal-spirit.htm

Otherwise, The Pros Closet sometimes has interesting finds too.

https://www.theproscloset.com/products/2015-fuji-gran-fondo-1-1-s
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#3
(04-21-2022, 01:38 PM)Steviej Wrote:  Hi. I am looking at getting a new road bike and wanted some advice. I have up to $2,000 to spend.
I’m looking at the Canyon Endurace Or the Trek Emonda and needed some advice on which is better value for money, or if you have any other suggestions.
I’m leaning towards the Canyon Endurace - and these options - AL 7.0 disc, CF 7.0 or CF SL 7.0 disc or CF 8.0 - any preference?
someone also mentioned the Trek Emonda SL5 or SL6 which is currently reduced.
Some questions I have....
- aluminium or carbon frame - is carbon worth the extra money at this price or should I go for aluminium and better options - groupset and wheels?
- rim or disc brakes?
Thanks.

Hi and welcome,

Aside from your budget it would help to know what your primary type of cycling is and the type of terrain. Primary features would also be helpful. Carbon frames are great, but they are also prone to non-repairable damage due to their construction if they are involved in certain crash scenarios. Type of riding will determine tire use and tire width, and thus frame design regardless of frame material. Considering the crashes I've had over the past 5 years, I would have had to replace 2 carbon frames. Disc brakes are great, but are also significantly heavier and more expensive to maintain. It helps to know not only the features you desire, but also the reasons for wanting them. I have road biked for over 40 years with rim brakes and disc brakes would not have helped except during wet conditions (and then I just ride more carefully).
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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#4
I enjoy my carbon fiber Ridley, with mechanical sram force bicycle at 17 pounds, but I also enjoy riding my 2006 era 9 speed Trek 2100 with carbon fiber fork and seat stays at 20 pounds. I have a Jamis race with carbon fiber fork and seat stays that I built with a 10 speed Campagnolo groupset that also is 20 pounds.

I try to always have carbon fiber forks and handlebars on any of my bicycles as they dampen the road buzz in my arms and back. Carbon fiber can come apart, but the newer alloy frames are also fragil, a crash with a car or truck can ruin both of them in an instant. There are places that can repair some carbon frame damage, but bend a modern lightweight alloy frame and it is toast...

But purchasing new an alloy frame is certainly less expensive. Wheels and components can be upgraded over time and will really change the bicycle you ultimately acquire.
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#5
(04-21-2022, 01:38 PM)Steviej Wrote:  Hi. I am looking at getting a new road bike and wanted some advice. I have up to $2,000 to spend.
I’m looking at the Canyon Endurace Or the Trek Emonda and needed some advice on which is better value for money, or if you have any other suggestions.
I’m leaning towards the Canyon Endurace - and these options - AL 7.0 disc, CF 7.0 or CF SL 7.0 disc or CF 8.0 - any preference?
someone also mentioned the Trek Emonda SL5 or SL6 which is currently reduced.
Some questions I have....
- aluminium or carbon frame - is carbon worth the extra money at this price or should I go for aluminium and better options - groupset and wheels?
- rim or disc brakes?
Thanks.

Canyon usually comes up with great bang for buck bikes since their new direct to consumer model enables them to cut distributors out. Go for carbon since it will be easier to upgrade to better components if you do decide to take it more seriously. Bike models nowadays have the same frames thruout the line so getting the carbon option will let you experience how carbon bikes feel, but also if you do decide to upgrade to the creme dela creme of drivetrains itll be as easy as swapping out parts and ordering them
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