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Subject: Buying new bike! Norco Tactic vs Cervelo R3
Hi everyone.

Going to be looking to buy a new bike in the near future and doing my research. The Norco Tactic 3 (105 groupset) really caught my eye in terms of value at $2100 MSRP. I was also looking at the Cervelo R3 which receives glowing reviews from pretty much everyone. With the 105 groupset it's a little more expensive at $2600. With both bikes I would use the money I save with getting 105 and upgrading the wheel set. Anything else in that price range I should be looking at? Maybe the Cannondale SuperSix. which is around the same price as the Norco. Does anyone know where the extra price for the Cervelo comes from? I'll be heading out to the LBS's to check them out.

A little background info, the bike's primary use will be training for and racing sprint/oly triathlons. I would occasionally do some longer 80-100km rides but I'm not really concerned about comfort in those cases. Right now I have a cheap online roadie that's a little too big for me so I'll have another bike to use for commuting and such.

Thanks for your suggestions guys!

Edited by aavlee 2013-07-04 11:09 AM


2013-07-04 12:21 PM
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Look into Felt, they have really great rides with very reasonable prices. I have a Z85 (which is a lot cheaper than what you are looking for, aluminum, etc.) but it also has 105's. There could be an option. So far it has been a great bike for me.
2013-07-04 7:25 PM
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Get fit first then choose a bike that fit you.
2013-07-05 12:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Buying new bike! Norco Tactic vs Cervelo R3
Brand name & prestige of Cervelo >> that of Norco.

That equals extra dollars charged.
2013-07-05 12:05 PM
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Originally posted by yazmaster

Brand name & prestige of Cervelo >> that of Norco.

That equals extra dollars charged.


You are right but is that worth paying for? My road bike is a Kona King Zing. Got a great price on it because no one rides them. GREAT bike, I absolutely love it.

See what fits best. If fit is not an issue, I would go with the Norco and use the money for upgrades.
2013-07-05 9:54 PM
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Why not a tri specific bike if the main purpose is to train for and race triathlon? Just sayin!


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