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New Endurance bike for £3k ish

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by rob r, 1 Jan 2017.

  1. rob r

    rob r Member

    Location:
    bolton
    Hi
    Due to back problems I need a bike with relaxed geometry and comfort for 60-70 mile rides on the hills and in the wet at a decent pace and sportives.
    As I ride in the pennines and in all sorts of weather, I've decided on a disc bike and and found reaching the brakes is a problem with a 105 group set. I have therefore chosen an ultegra.

    I have been advised and following research, have narrowed it down to these that are on offer this time of year :-
    Trek domain sl6 disc
    BMC road machine 02 ultegra disc
    Roubaix 2017

    It is getting very difficult to be given much time to road test bikes sufficiently anywhere I am finding and one of my local shops actually refused to build up the trek to see if the fit was correct unless I bought it beforehand?!

    I would therefore appreciate any advice on your experiences as this will be my last bike purchase, is a lot of money for me and will have to keep me happy for many years
    Cheers for any advice
    Rob
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Evans should enable you to testride all three assuming they stock them :smile: £60 refundable deposit IIRC, then you can testride as long as you want (on a dry day)

    Assume you are working with a physio too on the back issue? If not, it's worth spending some of that budget on a physio who works with cyclists and getting him or her to do a proper bike fit once they've diagnosed and worked with your back :smile: they'd be best placed to advise you on bike choice too. This is key for your forever bike
     
  3. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo Parks, Hotels and Palaces, Europe Endless.

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Rob I saw Evans had Cannondale Hi Mod Synapses on sale a few weeks back 2016 model but helpful guy in shop said 2017 had lower spec from memory around £2700.
    I had one three years ago and v comfy.
     
  4. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo Parks, Hotels and Palaces, Europe Endless.

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Even cheaper...
    http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Ca...gclid=CLijtfWWotECFY8V0wodmr4DPg&gclsrc=aw.ds
     
  5. rob r

    rob r Member

    Location:
    bolton
    Cheers for that chaps - there are discounts all over the place including a very slightly soiled BMC RM 02 available with £500 saving which sounds about right and in my short size so its a buyers market in Jan!
    I'll ask about the cannondale as well at Evans - prefer to use Harry Halls but they've not been very helpful
    Cheers and happy new year
     
  6. bozmandb9

    bozmandb9 Insert witty title here

    Location:
    South Oxfordshire
    Lot of money to spend on a bike, so forget carbon, and get a really nice bike! Handmade steel, lovely smooth ride, last you a lifetime, and will never age, just acquire a patina which enhances it!

    http://officinabattaglin.com/marosticana-1
     
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  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Or titanium?
     
  8. S-Express

    S-Express Über Member

    Why do you think that would make a difference?
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Better hood shape?
     
  10. S-Express

    S-Express Über Member

    May or may not affect the reach though - I doubt it.
     
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    Makes a big difference to me, hence my choice of SRAM over Shimano. I'm presuming the OP has determined the same :smile:
     
  12. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

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  13. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    I did LEJOG on a Domane SLR 6 Disc back in September. Loved it. Very comfortable bike.

    The Isocore handlebars are fantastic and make a real difference - the old Domane felt slightly unbalanced with all that flex at the rear but none at the front. (I did a 600km audax on the 2015 Domane 4.)

    The 32mm tyres are a major benefit too.

    The main difference between the SLR and the SL is that the SLR has the adjustable seatpost slider, but frankly I found that a bit of a gimmick - I would be just has happy with the non-adjustable seatpost.
     
  14. S-Express

    S-Express Über Member

    But he's not talking about Shimano v Sram - he's talking Shimano v Shimano.
     
  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Location:
    Sutton
    The hoods are still a different shape 105 to ultegra :smile: