You’re the same height as me, so 52cm through 53/54cm would probably be about right (you should check standover and reach for your current setup and, ideally, get a basic bike fit - forum bike fits from others are never advisable. Also, much depends on your preferences - I prefer the fit and feel of a smaller frame).@luka price range is $2,000 or below, hopefully a few hundred below. Ideally higher range would include better tires/lighter frame (more carbon?)
@OreoCookie I'm 175cm tall. My current bike says 52 cm on it as the BB to Seat Post height (this was given to me, but I've had a sizing done in the US when I took ownership) and a 53.7 cm top tube length. I have a Specialized Allez Elite already so I'd like to try something different. Some of the Felt sales look alright, both at Ys road and on Wiggle, but I don't see any right now.
I bought a bike off Wiggle last month and the import fees were only 6,000 yen (the bike was only 130,000 in the sale) and the delivery was only 4,000 yen. The only hassle was having to send a scan of the invoice to the customs office for them to assess the bike because Wiggle ship it with the list price (for insurance purposes I presume). As long as the price you pay is less than 200,000 yen I don't think you'll get hit for much.@TokyoLiving will definitely check with them and have heard good things. Thanks for the advice.
@stu_kawagoe , I realized after my last, and only, rindo with @luka and @thooms that I really hate braking on calipers going fast downhill, and its scary as well if the surface is slick. For this reason, and also because I've largely taken my training indoors, I want to get a second bike that is a decent quality frame and light enough for climbing, but with disc brakes. I have read on line that you can get decent deals on sites like competitive cyclist and wiggle, but the import and consumption taxes here in Japan are ridiculous. I'd be willing to wait until December when I am back stateside to buy such a rig, but if there are decent deals to be had in Japan, that's fine too as it saves me the trouble of packing/bike box and transport once I'm here. For group set, I'm pretty happy with my Shimano 105 and from what I've read there isn't a massive difference upgrading to Ultregra. Basically I'm looking for the best value in a disc bike with good frame materials with decent stock groupset and wheels. All carbon is out of my price range right now. Again, thanks in advance for any advice. I too, have learned so much from you veterans, in the 5 months I've been part of TCC. You guys are the best and why I come here first.
Agreed. In enthusiasts's circles this is a cheap road bike. Mine (which I bought used on this forum for half price) originally cost around ¥300,000 new (about 2,000–2,200 € new), and I initially got some side eye for daring to ride on this 9 kg boat anchor.I hate to burst your bubble, but you’ll get sod all for $2,000 in Japan (certainly not a full build and nothing even approaching a ‘light’ bike). You won’t be able to transfer many parts either as you’re on rim brakes now. I’d also doubt carbon would fall within that price bracket, even at the top end, unless the components were also lower (you may not get into 105 territory). While components and technology are far better on the whole these days, bikes have gotten much more expensive.
Yup, Japanese roadies seem to be extremely conservative. Some of the locals here still don't trust disc brakes, and when I last raced the guy next to me ran on 22 mm tires (pumped up to God-know-what pressure) — in heavy rain on a very hilly course.I’d be looking at used bikes if I were you (probably back home as disc road is still yet to properly penetrate the Japan market, so it’ll be extremely slim pickings). You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck.