Choosing A Cycling Road BikeWritten by Andrew Caxton
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The Top of The Shopping List.
Wheníre looking at a lot of money here if you want to buy a professional road bike. The frame will be all carbon or titanium with carbon forks and maybe a carbon rear triangle or alloy main tubes with carbon front or rear end. The nicest ones on market at moment, in my opinion, are Colnago, De Rosa, Pinarello, Battaglin, Time, Scott, Cervelo and many more, all are available in different colours, geometries and sizes, check out there web sites for information and try to make your choice, itís a difficult job. This is a professional road bike so it will have to have best components, Shimano Dura.Ace or Campagnolo Record are your only choice at this level. Same with wheels, Dura-Ace or Campagnolo Bora, these can be for high pressure clincher tires or tubulars, tubulars are more trouble but do ride well, but clincher tires are very nearly as nice and much more practical. Handle bars, stem and seat pin will be carbon and your saddle will have a carbon base with a leather cover and sometimes with gel for a little extra comfort.
The Best Bike You Can Afford. You do only get what you pay for, so get best bike you can afford, look around magazines and web sites and donít forget your local bike shop until you get that little jewel, but be careful not to make your partner jealous! bike cycling reviews
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Choosing A Mountain BikeWritten by Andrew Caxton
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Top Bikes, Top Money.
If you want what professionals ride you will have to pay a lot of money a professional MTB. As with road bike at top of range, you can specify what you want to build up your dream bike. Top bikes frames to spend your money on could be Klien, Scott, Rocky Mountain, Gary Fisher, Santa Cruz and K2; these are some of most sought after bike frames in world and would be envy of your friends. Probably best forks to put on your frame would be RockShox SIDís these are light and do all things you need with control of all functions, there are many other to also to consider, look at how much travel they have and rebound and damping systems. Gears again will be either SRAM or Shimano Rapid fire, XT or XTR, more money could be spent on carbon or very light alloy cranks, brakes should be hydraulic discs from Hayes, Pace or Magura or stick to trusted V-bakes. Wheels from Shimano or Mavic or some fancy carbon wheels, but remember they will have to take a lot of punishment, so maybe better to go for reliability over light weight expense. Carbon handle bars, stem and seat pin and a light weight race saddle and Time or Shimano SPD clipless pedals, then your choice of tires will depend on what terrain and ground conditions you are going to ride on.
Downhill bikes are very different, more like a cross country motor bike, but without engine, low center of gravity and a lot of travel on suspension on forks and rear end, disc brakes, wide rims and fat tires, gears are only at back as usually a single chain set is used. Unless your going to do a lot of downhill racing then there isnít much point in buying one as you have to get up hill first before you can come down and as light weight is not an issue with downhill bikes, they are very heavy to get up hill with out use of a tow rope or a ski lift.
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