Need help choosing fast commuter bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by nightoff, 17 May 2010.

  1. nightoff

    nightoff New Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    I am after changing my current 10 yr old hybrid for something a little quicker for my 20 mile tarmac daily commute. Audax bikes seem to fit the bill but are very expensive, no doubt because they are for a minority market. My LBS doesn't stock them so I would have to probably buy online.
    Can anyone recommend something suitable for a £500 budget.
    My wish list is
    Tyres upto 700 x 28c
    Full mudguards
    Braze ons for panniers
    Dependable group set
    Drop handlebars
    No suspension
    As a guide for comparison, the nearest to this wish list I have seen is probably the Ribble winter trainer on a Sora groupset. Any others worth considering?
     
  2. Condor Fratello meets most, if not all, your requirements but for a little more than your budget if you can stretch it (£549) It looks good in yellow too IMHO.

    Bill
     
  3. OP
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    nightoff

    nightoff New Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    Is the Condor Fratello at £549 just for the frame set?
     
  4. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    Reading
  5. OP
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    nightoff

    nightoff New Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    These look like quite nice bikes, but are a little on the heavy duty side of what I am after.

    I would prefer something lighter for weekend blasts so will probably keep my eyes peeled for something more suitable on fleabay.
     
  6. joggingbob

    joggingbob Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Essex
    £549 for the Fratello would be Frame only.
     
  7. My apologies, I didn't realise the Fratello could cost up to £2k.....oops!
     
  8. l4dva

    l4dva Über Member

    Location:
    Sunny Brum!
    How about a specialized tricross? I used to have one and it could do all of the above...
     
  9. Tifosi CK7 with Sora groupset, only problem is it's £699. Sorry, best I could think of.
     
  10. The Jogger

    The Jogger Guru

    Location:
    Chichester
  11. OP
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    nightoff

    nightoff New Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
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