Di2 road bike

dave147

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It’s my 40th bday this year thinking of treating my self to a di2 road bike what would you guys recommend been looking at ribble. I have. 2016 giant defy 0 at the mo

thanks for any help Dave
 

vickster

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How much do you want to spend?
what frame material?
what sort of geometry? Race? Endurance?
 

13 rider

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leicester
The pros for a Ribble bike is you can spec it to exactly want you want and offer good value for money ,cons frame Warrentry is only 3 years compared to lifetime ones for giant ,trek and specialized
If your spending a good chunk off money I would want to a test ride of some sort .
My recommendation would be a Giant TCR a bit racier than your Defy but not too aggressive
 
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dave147

dave147

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Not sure on Buget to for di2 it’s gonna be 2000 plus I’m guessing carbon frame would be good
 

vickster

Legendary Member
For a carbon framed di2 bike you will be looking north of 3 grand . How new is your Defy would a di2 upgrade be a consideration ?
Says it’s a 2016
 
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dave147

dave147

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I would love a di2 bike for the shifting performance but it is a vast sum of money 3x what I paid for my defy. Will keep looking
 

PaulSB

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I would love a di2 bike for the shifting performance but it is a vast sum of money 3x what I paid for my defy. Will keep looking
While I'm sure Di2 is good personally I would stay away from it. I don't think you're missing out.

I know a number of people who've experienced the usual issue of a flat battery halfway through a ride. Friends who haven't set out because the battery was flat in the morning. Yes, probably 99% user error but not always.

I did consider it last autumn for my new bike. While I was deciding on the spec a friend began to experience charging problems. Basically she frequently found the battery flat or undercharged. This was traced and a faulty battery replaced under warranty. Our local LBS doesn't stock batteries - do any? - and she was off the road for ten days with no bike while waiting for the replacement. Unacceptable to me. That was it Di2 immediately off my list.

Same friend also reports there is no charging indicator. No little light to show charging is ongoing or complete. Bad design in my view.

On the other hand if I get a shifting problem I drop by my LBS on a ride. Pop in, explain the problem, 10-20 minutes later it will be fixed, coffee included. I know there are lots of happy users but if Di2 goes badly wrong it can put you off the road for days and days.
 
Good morning,

I bought a used carbon fibre Di2 bike just over a couple of years ago for pretty much the same reasons as you seem to be describing, interest rather than need.

Once the novelty wore off it sat in the house and I use my old steel bike nearly all the time.

As there are plenty of used CF/Di2 bikes on the market which have had most of their deprecation factored in, you could buy one and think
I like CF/Di2 sell it losing relatively little and then buy a new bike, as and when new bikes are actually available to buy. Or think okay I understand the improvements but they are not important or relevant to me.

For me, a hobby rider who only occasionally rides fast and when I do I choose the CF/Di2, the improvements really aren't that great most of time. Added to which I am going from downtube shifters on the steel bike to Di2, so some of the improvements may be there with mechanical STI.

Personally I wouldn't buy a new CF/Di2 bike mail order as I would value the warranty and ease of going back to the shop if there are any issues over the savings.

If you are going to have Di2 then you might want to do a bit of reprogramming, or have help if you really mess up the reprogramming, no chance of that with a mail order bike. The used one that I bought was from the LBS and came with a 3 month warranty which was long enough to cover any faults at the time of sale which was all I could expect on a used bike.

As for Ribble they seem to be moving more and more away from customisation, but this could just be a lack of parts, the days of putting Dura-Ace on the budget blue aluminium frame seem to have gone.

When I ride the two bikes the step down from CF/Di2 to steel/dt is much smaller than the step up from steel/dt to CF/Di2 if this makes any sense. Going up, I feel lots of nice new things, going back down I don't miss them. Although I get why someone who considers "CF/Di2 as normal/modern" would see the step down to steel/dt from CF/Di2 as much greater.

It would seem likely to me that the step up from Alu/mech STI to CF/Di2 would be even smaller than the step up from steel.

Unless of course you plan to go the whole hog and get a sub UCI weight limit bike with ultra aero wheels and only ride it when it's not too breezy .:rolleyes: I have slowly come to the conclusion that road bike development stopped at 9 speed aluminium if you are riding at less than 25mph.

Bye

Ian
 
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bikingdad90

Veteran
While I'm sure Di2 is good personally I would stay away from it. I don't think you're missing out.

I know a number of people who've experienced the usual issue of a flat battery halfway through a ride. Friends who haven't set out because the battery was flat in the morning. Yes, probably 99% user error but not always.

I did consider it last autumn for my new bike. While I was deciding on the spec a friend began to experience charging problems. Basically she frequently found the battery flat or undercharged. This was traced and a faulty battery replaced under warranty. Our local LBS doesn't stock batteries - do any? - and she was off the road for ten days with no bike while waiting for the replacement. Unacceptable to me. That was it Di2 immediately off my list.

Same friend also reports there is no charging indicator. No little light to show charging is ongoing or complete. Bad design in my view.

On the other hand if I get a shifting problem I drop by my LBS on a ride. Pop in, explain the problem, 10-20 minutes later it will be fixed, coffee included. I know there are lots of happy users but if Di2 goes badly wrong it can put you off the road for days and days.
ahh but if he keeps his Giant bike then he isn’t off the road, just can’t ride the DI2 bike.
 
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