First road bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Thomson, 23 Jan 2018.

  1. Thomson

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    Hi all. Quite new to cycling and really enjoying it. Have a Sirrus comp 2013.hybrid. I am looking to have a road bike as well in the future. Been looking at the boardman bikes really like the look and price off the comp and road bikes. Are these a entry level road bike? Does anybody have one they could share there thoughts on?
    Would quite like a light bike aswell. 9-10kgs.
    Is there any other make that I should be looking at? Probly wouldn't want to spend more than 500 as a budget.

    Any help
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  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Boardman are good value. A £500 roadbike will be entry level if new. Should get Sora and a carbon fork

    Go try a few out. Where are you based?
    When you say in the long?

    Look at Decathlon too
    Last edited: 23 Jan 2018
  3. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I've had several Boardman bikes and they're great bikes and good value - especially the Road Comp which is on offer at the moment.

    The Giant Contend range is also worth a look.
  4. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    A £500 budget would get you an awful lot of bike 2nd hand especially at this time of year

    If it must be new like others have said get yourself over to Decathlon
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  6. kingrollo

    kingrollo Über Member

    yep - Decathlon or a used Giant Defy

    I've owned a couple of those low end decathlon bikes, you can't fault them for the money. I also have a used defy which I have slowly upgraded - cost £300 supposedly 'used' - but wasn't much used when I got it.
  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  8. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Check out Planet X too
    You will get tiagra group set "bullet proof" at 500 mark.
    Rt58 etc
  9. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

  10. OP

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    Thank for the replies folks.
    Few questions
    What is sora?
    I think my mind is made up on a boardman road comp after looking at a few options.
    Just started cycling a few months ago so still learning Everything.
    Can't find the road comp on offer at the minute tho?
    Maybe In a few months. Maybe c2w. Is there a time to buy before the new models are realeased?
    My 2013 Sirrus comp is quite light 10.6kgs I read online. But would like something around the 9 for fun days. And the Sirrus for work and back.
  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    Boardman bikes are cracking , although im biased :smile:
    Sora is the name of the 9 speed groupset from shimano
    claris = 8 speed
    sora= 9
    tiagra= 10
    105/ultegra/ dura ace =11
    is the road comp the one with disc brakes?
  12. OP

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    Aww ok. Thanks.
    What do you think off your boardman?
    Is it your first road bike?
    Yeah they look nice and seem to be quite light.

    road comp has discs yes.
  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Nothing wrong with wanting a road bike - they are a different beast compared to a hybrid.

    But I wouldn't focus too much on weight, saving a kilo over your hybrid will make very little difference.

    Of more importance is what style of road bike you want.

    Something racy on which typically the saddle would be quite a bit higher than the handlebars.

    Or something more relaxed on which the bars would be close to the same height as the saddle.

    Only you can decide that, but as you are used to an upright riding position of a hybrid, a racy road bike would be a big change.
  14. Tangoup51

    Tangoup51 Well-Known Member

    My first road bike was a cheap carrera zelos, then I upgraded to a boardman cyclocross bike (basically a road bike with disc brakes) and it has Outstanding value for money and reliability. Very simple, easy and sharp. Looks all complicated and fancy but it's all basic and functional.
  15. OP

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    Something relaxed. Not a out and and out racer. More a fast road bike. I am finding myself with the Sirrus using the bar ends more and prefer my hands that way. it's quite upright but seem to be getting lower and lower. Which I like. I don't think I would ever have the seat much higher than the bars. More level I think.
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