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New Bike - Narrow down the choice?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Gary D, 24 Jan 2008.

  1. Gary D

    Gary D Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    I have also posted this on the "other" forum to gauge the response :biggrin: :biggrin:

    Any advice or guidance appreciated, particularly from owners of said machines, to narrow down my options please...

    Currently riding a Specialized Tricross. I have decided to go for a "proper" road bike in the next couple of months.

    I have decided I would like a full carbon frame - for no other reason than I want a full carbon frame. I also want/need a triple chainset.
    Other than that, the criteria I am using is that I want a bike that is comfortable for longer rides and sportives in the future. I will never race, so an "ars@ in the air" super stiff race bike is not needed. The most I will ever do is my club time trials.
    I have only been cycling for about a year and am still trying to improve fitness and performance and also lose weight. :blush::biggrin:

    My budget is around £1,300.

    The bikes I am initially looking at are:

    Specialized Roubaix Elite
    Giant SCR C4
    Trek Madone 4.5
    Lemond Versailles
    Orbea Onix Bira
    Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105
    Bianchi C2C 928

    All fall within budget and are similarly equipped.

    Other outside possibilities are:
    Willier Mortirolo
    Litespeed Ardennes (which I have been offered at £1500 with 105 groupset).

    I would like to narrow it down to 2, or maybe 3, and then go and test ride.

    Opinions or advice please??

    Thanks,
    Gary.
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I'm just about to buy a tricross, a brief good and bad review would be much appreciated, and by any chance might it be for sale if it's a 58cm?

    can't help on the rest, a tricross is the bestest most expensive bike I've ever considered
     
  3. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    The trek, Orbea, and Specialized are great bikes, Although I think the giant and Specialized are Sportive specific (Although don't take my word for that on the giant) Have you thought about the specialized Tarmac rather than the Roubaix?

    Mortirolo is a superb bike, very beutiful bike too.

    For less money you could get a Planet x, and spend the rest on upgrades etc?
     
  4. OP
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    Gary D

    Gary D Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    Tynan,
    Possibly for sale and it is a 58cm - but not just yet. I might even keep it though.
    I bought mine very impulsively on Ebay after a couple of glasses of wine ;) :biggrin: before I actually realised what I needed. It effectively became my first roadbike (from a hybrid). First thing I did was convert it to a triple chainset (it is the older 2006 model which came with a compact chainset and the gloss black paint). It's never actually been off road at all! With 20:20 hindsight I should have bought a road bike straight away.

    Don't get me wrong, it is a very capable road bike and very comfy. If I was a commuter, then I would definitely keep it and use it. It will take full guards and a rack which is useful. On my model I always had the feeling that the new price of £700 wasn't very good value for an 8-speed Sora equipped bike. However, the new 2007/8 models are 9-speed Tiagra and already have a triple chainset which for me would have been considerably better.

    In conclusion - Yes, I would recommend one :smile:

    Hope this helps.

    Gary.
     
  5. OP
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    Gary D

    Gary D Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    Walker,
    I thought the Tarmac was the stiffer, performance orientated sister to the Roubaix?

    I also considered the Planet X and the Focus Cayo - both of which offer exceptionally good value for money. However, I would like to buy through an LBS so I can test ride, get fitted properly and make minor changes to stems etc. if necessary. A couple who I have already talked to have also said I could upgrade wheels on a "stock bike" by paying just the difference. These things just give me more of a comfort factor when I am parting with that sort of money.

    Thanks,
    Gary.
     
  6. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Yes Gary your right, I didn't read your original post properly.

    Wiggle do a try before you buy scheme on all the focus bikes
     
  7. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Never ridden one, but my LBS had a customer's Bianchi C2C 928 in when I was ordering my more modest new bike. Absolutely gorgeous looking bike, the sort to make you consider adding to the overdraft, without a doubt.
     
  8. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Wilier here at a cheapish price (maybe?)

    http://www.stonehengecycles.com/
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    thanks for that Gary, I'd forgotten the changes for the new models
     
  10. dbg

    dbg New Member

    Wouldn't touch a litespeed with a bargepole, too many stories of cracking frames and appalling customer service. Have you considered the Focus range on Wiggle, pretty unbeatable vfm, unless you're a badge snob.....
     
  11. When I got a road bike last year I opted for a 928 Bianchi, its great, the main copetitor for me was the Spesh Roubaix. My reasons were I felt the Bianchi was a bit more less common than the spesh, when I tried it, it was a gret fit (mind you I never went as far as trying the Spesh) and the lbs that stocked Bianchi seemed to have more time and gave me bettter service.
     
  12. OP
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    Gary D

    Gary D Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    HLaB,
    Yeah, the list is starting to get narrowed!

    Went to look at a 928 C2C today and it was a cracking look bike. :smile: :biggrin:
    The Bianchi is now probably top of my list!

    How comfy is it for long rides? What level of fitness are you?

    Although they don't actually bring the 105 triple in to the UK, the shop said they will swap it over.
    Looks like a lot of bike for the money - certainly appears better than the others I am considering.

    Have excluded the Giant now because, as someone else on another thread mentioned, it is ugly. :ohmy: :cry:

    Thanks,
    Gary.
     
  13. Gary D,

    I'm a reasonably fit recreational club/ commuter cyclist. My rides tend to be 60-80miles and I'm found it really comfortable for this. I'm itching for the summer and taking it for longer rides ;).

    PS there was a quite good review in C+ recently.
     
  14. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Gary, I'm a bit biased really as I ride one, but test ride a Cannondale Synapse SL Carbon. I've got a 2007 model which is still available at Evans and elsehere. Evans are doing the 105 version for £1199 with the option of a triple. I think the bike is superb for long distance comfort, but it is stiff as hell when pressing on. Handling is sharp, but well within limits. The only minor issue I have is with the wheels...Mavic Aksiums, but easily upgradable later.