sub 100.000 yen road bike suggestions. (Stories of the Noob)

eimaiosatanas

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Dec 17, 2011
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Guys,
once again I need to draw upon the infinite wisdom of this forum's members.

I want to hear your thoughts regarding best value-for-money purchase choices in the sub 100.000yen price range. Recently a couple of friends of mine seem to have taken interest in cycling, and I couldn't suggest anything but the DEFY series from Giant.

I do feel though that there must exist hidden diamonds which I just completely ignore. What would your choice be in this price range?

Extra points go for bike that:
1) are easily obtainable in Japan,
2) you have personal experience with.

Fire away!
 

microcord

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Aug 28, 2012
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Something used (or "preowned"). People post "for sale" notices here.

Last year I bought a bike from Yahoo Auction. For this and his previous auctions, the seller posted a great number of photos (in additional pages to which he linked) and described faults in detail. He seemed conscientious and the bike looked good. Success.
 

GSAstuto

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Oct 11, 2009
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www.roadfixie.com
Takizawa 'HARP' Series - you can get the alloy 910 for about 90,000 yen in Tiagra trim.
 

safinator77

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Oct 28, 2012
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there is a shop near shinjuku station you should try- between there and shin okubo (yamanote) - Its opposite a couple of love hotels and next to a skateboard shop- prices in there a re good - good luck
 

Musashi13

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Aug 27, 2012
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Boardman are very popular in the UK right now and one of my friends rides one. He loves it. There was one on here recently being made up as a Di2 and I know of at least one other member here that rides one. You will have to wait for them to chime in for first hand accounts but from what i know there is nowt wrong there.
 

zenbiker

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Mar 4, 2008
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Chofu
All the really cool guys ride Boardmans!
The Road team is a little more expensive but has a better kit level so is better value I think.
 

Andy in Tokyo

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Dec 16, 2012
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My first road bike was a Boardman Comp. It was (is) a great bike, with decent components (SRAM Apex) and a very smooth ride for an alu-frame. Surprisingly fast, too: I got several KOMs on Strava with it, some lasting for more than a whole week!

Wiggle often have them on 30% discount, so even with the price of delivery to Japan and import duty it's a fairly decent deal (admittedly the yen has got a bit weaker since I bought mine).
 

doubletrouble

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Jan 14, 2008
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Boardman are very popular in the UK right now and one of my friends rides one. He loves it. There was one on here recently being made up as a Di2 and I know of at least one other member here that rides one. You will have to wait for them to chime in for first hand accounts but from what i know there is nowt wrong there.
I have a boardman and love it. Probably the best bike i have ridden yet. Would definitely recommend .
 

doubletrouble

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Jan 14, 2008
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Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
And they are tough. mine survived my recent crash without a scratch.