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£500 Budget...

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by exetersimon, 21 Jan 2008.

  1. exetersimon

    exetersimon New Member

    ....seasoned MTBer looking for first road bike since my late 80s Raleigh Equipe...

    £500 budget looking for something casual to take out or sling on a turbo trainer when I can't be assed to spend hours cleaning crap from the MTB.

    All ideas welcome!

    Simon
     
  2. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Spesh Allez?
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  4. OP
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    exetersimon

    exetersimon New Member

    Cheers guys....looks like a popular choice. Glad Spesh got a mention as use a Stumpy FSR for the offroad shenanigans.

    Yorkshiregoth...is that Fields of the Nephilim in your profile pic?
     
  5. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Are you in Exeter Simon (not wanting to jump to conclusions from your user name you understand...)?
    Bike Shed do a good range of Spesh's and the blokes in there are very knowledgeable and helpful. They also stock Trek. You might still be able to get an end of year online bargain from Evans or Wiggle. For £500 you'll get a decent bike, no matter what. The only real question is how upgradeable it is (and most bikes at that price point would benefit from better wheels) and what your preferences are regarding kit (Shimano or that Italian rubbish) etc.
     
  6. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    It sure is!!
     
  7. bianco

    bianco New Member

    get yourself to decathlon!
     
  8. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    Spesh Allez:thumbsup:
     
  9. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Giant SCR 2.
    Comes with Tiagra triple...useful around Exeter.
    Clearance and fittings for full mudguards.
    Will also take a rack for lightweight long distance stuff.
    Less extreme positioning than budget race-bikes, but bars can be lowered if you want for TT's club-nights.

    Rides really well, my mate has one and I was really surprised how it compared to my TCR which a couple of years back cost nearly 3x the price.

    IMO the best all-rounder available. The Allez probably shaves it IF you need a more single-minded machine.
    Allow part budget for clipless pedals.
     
  10. OP
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    exetersimon

    exetersimon New Member

    Chuffy....your assumption is correct!

    Did nip in to the Bike Shed the other day but they were packed so just had a nosey.

    I am now pulled between the Spesh Allez and the Focus Summit....although Spesh does have that allure...
     
  11. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    A bit common though...:angry::tongue:
     
  12. OP
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    exetersimon

    exetersimon New Member

    Well I have just moved from Exwick....
     
  13. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Can I just lob this Trek Pilot 1.0 into the middle: Less extreme race position if that's what you're looking for, also a tribble chainring but you will have toe overlap. I preferred it to the Allez when I was looking but actually chose something entirely different to both - hey hum!
     
  14. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Eeeeeeeewwww, and I've been talking to you! I need a shower now.
    :smile:



    Heh, I lived there for a while and I used to work there too. Where are you to now?
     
  15. OP
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    exetersimon

    exetersimon New Member

    Pinhoe/Whipton way...yourself?