So the last time I bought a new bike was in 2006… a Trek Madone that’s too big for me (after getting multiple fits since then). I am a recovering triathlete focusing on getting stronger on the bike. I love to spend hours on the bike, and I live in a hilly area (Bend Oregon). I will not be racing, but like to go fast and hard.
I just had a bike fit done with an excellent fitter here in town on a Guru bike. The best options were Parlee Altum and Argon 18 Krypton. Being tall with a short torso, the options aren’t limitless!
That said, I have a couple questions:
What is considered a “good” price range for a road bike with decent components (Ultegra and up)? Since I haven’t bought in 14 years, I am shocked by the prices!
Would a gravel bike meet my needs for long endurance rides or should I focus on road bikes only? The versatility would be nice, but maybe not at the cost of weight on hills…