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Cannondale or Specialized or Bianchi

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by stewaran, 23 Jul 2008.

  1. stewaran

    stewaran New Member

    HI All

    First post so go easy please!!!

    I have recently started commuting by bike (and part train).

    I currently do 6 miles each way on an old MTB. I am looking to up my mileage to 15 miles each way and as such get a new road bike.

    I have narrowed it down to three bikes approx £600-£700

    Cannondale CAAD9 Tiagra
    Specialized Allez sport
    Bianchi Via Nirone Mirage

    All look OK to me, wondering whether anyone had any opinions


  2. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    South Beds
    If it helps, I've got a Cannondale and it's great.

    [Cue stampede of Specialized / Bianchi owners saying same thing]

  3. AndyF

    AndyF Senior Member

    How about a Planet X Team Alu?

    Can't fault mine..

  4. stewaran

    stewaran New Member

    Thanks, I am limited to Evans Cycles by the company cycle to work scheme
    so not sure if i can get a planet x

    ill have a look

    I have arranged a test ride this thursday for the ones above, should help i suppose
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Test ride will definitely help make your mind up. Go for a compact if you never need the 'granny' chainring.

    Do Bianchi only make minty green coloured bikes? Tell me it 'aint so. xx(
  6. stewaran

    stewaran New Member

    sadly i quite like the minty green bike:blush:
  7. Mines's black but I've seen red and blue ones too (and titanium metalic but I don't think that's a true colour)
  8. Phixion

    Phixion Guest

    Do compact bikes not have a granny gear or something?
  9. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I thought compacts only had 2 chainrings...or am I mistaken?
  10. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    TBH, any of those bikes is a little too nice for a 6 mile commute. If it doesn't get nicked, it'll get ruined by rubbish roads, spoiled by mudguards, and the skinny wheels will be uncomfortable. I love my road bike, but I don't often commute on it.

    Get one by all means, but get another old hack for the commuting, and keep the road bike for best.

    EDIT: Just seen that you want to do 15 miles each way. Makes more sense then, but get something that you can put mudguards and a pannier rack on, or you'll be really uncomfortable in winter.
  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    They're all fine bikes Stewaran...look at them all, find the one you like, for the best price and go for it.

    As beancounter says...we all got our favourites. Mines the Bianchi...had two with no regrets. Lovely bikes.

    TBH, if you're starting to consider specific bikes, you need to start comparing specs..what wheelset ? , carbon rear triangle ? etc etc.
  12. stewaran

    stewaran New Member

    thanks for all the help guys
  13. stewaran

    stewaran New Member


    Understand what your saying and before looking into it had set a budget of £400 when i found out i could do cycle to work and get it half price over 12 months decided to go for an upgrade!! as well as new lights helmet etc etc

    Also are Blades (mudguards any good
  14. ghitchen

    ghitchen Well-Known Member

    Gullane, Scotland
    Stick slick tyres and mudguards on the MTB and (possibly) a rear casette with closer ratios and narrower bars, and use it for the winter / wet summer days, then buy a celeste (minty green!) Bianchi for dry summer days and "proper" rides.
  15. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Yes, but apart from the elephants, what have the Romans ever done for us?

    :smile::biggrin::biggrin: ghitchen....I like that.....