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Hello everyone, I'm in the market for a new bike this year and I think I'm going to take the plunge and get a road bike. My budget is around $1000 but I've found that there are quite a few bikes that would suit my skill level for around $800.

I was looking at the KHS Flite 300 recently, but wondering what the difference is between the Flite 300 (http://www.khsbicycles.com/05_flite_300_11.htm) and the Flite 450 http://www.khsbicycles.com/05_flite_450_12.htm)? They look to be very similar but I don't want to overpay for the 300.

Also looking for any other recommendations, I like the looks of the Specialized Allez Triple and the Trek 1.2. There's also a new LePierre dealer that opened up in my neighborhood. I had never heard of this brand before but the bikes are really nice and I could get an Audacio 200 2011 for $1000 (http://www.trizone.ie/index.php/lapierre-audacio-200-bike-2310.html). Any and all advice would be very much appreciated, thanks.
 

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The Scott Speedster S50s are sweet, I liked the one I was on. I'm by no means an expert though and I don't know how that bike compares to the ones you've posted. I have heard you get some bang for your buck with Scott though. The one I was on, I think was just under $800.
 

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Giant is the largest bicycle retailer, and their factories produce bicycles for other brands as well. R&D, experience, and buying power makes them a value leader.

Felt is a relatively small company, but they produce really nice bikes, and my guess is that they can offer them at decent prices because they don't spend a jillion on advertising.
 

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Being a flatlander this may not mean so much but.. I like the Specialized Allez and really would avoid the triple setup on any bike. They are just a PITA all the way around and you can accomplish relatively the same with a compact and a good cassette..just say'n
 

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Thanks for all the replies everyone. Yesterday I went and checked out everything that was available at 5 different bike shops and I've decided on a 2011 LaPierre Audacio 300 (http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/node/907#onglets). I checked out a Specialized Allez, Trek 1.2, and a couple others that were similar. I think the Lapierre is definitely the better frame of everything that I looked at. Also, the LaPierre comes with Sora components whereas everything else had 2300. I know some people say they're the same thing but after quite a bit of research I think Sora is a little bit better. Also, the LaPierre is a full Shimano groupo where some of the others had different cranksets etc. The shop I'm getting it from will also be very supportive and I didn't get such a good feeling from the other shops. Because the frame is nicer I think I'll get more use out of this bike, in a year or two I can just upgrade the components instead of getting a whole new bike.

I ordered it yesterday (he has to bring it in from another shop) and will be picking it up next week. I'm so pumped, I CAN'T WAIT!!!!
 

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The Scott Speedster S30 (Tiagra 10 speed - $1050) is the best overall deal. A very light frame for an aluminum bike and a solid group. The LaPierre you've found isn't a bad deal, really, either. The Scott's a little bit of a better deal, though.

(Disclaimer: I sell both brands.)
 
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