Q: I’m in the market for a new bike, and my local shop has a very high-end bike for a great deal, but I fear it might be too much bike and too aggressive. What are the top-three priorities when looking for a new bike?
A: Picking a new bike can be tough with so many great options on the market, but there are a few things to consider.
Don’t pick a bike on its component selection alone. Pick a bike that fits your needs, meaning don’t choose the race bike with Shimano Dura-Ace and carbon everything because it’s on sale when you would be better paired with a bike that has endurance geometry.
Next is size; never compromise on size for availability. This means if you know you are a 54, don’t get the 56 or 52 because it’s available.
The last thing is, don’t overlook an alloy bike with higher-end components for the same price as an entry-level carbon frame. Between larger tires (at the correct pressure) and modern-level carbon seatposts, an alloy bike can deliver impressive performance results with comfort. Bonus tip: higher-end components mean a higher price tag when it comes to repairs, too.