Simple question (yeah right) which bike?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by gaz911, 18 May 2010.

  1. gaz911

    gaz911 New Member

    I am about to buy my first road bike, well 2nd as I bought a Fuji 3.0 but its going back for a higher spec bike.

    I have narrowed down to 5, due to wanting no lower than Tiagra shifters and also price range, local availability etc.

    Specialized Allez Elite 2010 Road Bike £799.99
    Trek 1.5 Compact 2010 Road Bike £675.00
    Fuji Roubaix 2.0 2010 Road Bike £699.99
    Giant Defy 2 2010 £820.00
    Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra £720.00

    I am going to try them this week, but wanted to know if one shines higher than the rest and also which one to avoid. Being a beginner, my knowledge is limited.
     
  2. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    Simple answer (not entirely fair as I have not ridden all you listed).

    I'd pick either the CAAD8 or the Allez Elite (others may disagree ).
     
  3. shippers

    shippers Senior Member

    Location:
    Sunny Wakefield
    Allez Elite, but again, I'm biased...
    Actually, could be tempted by the giant.
     
  4. johnnyh

    johnnyh Veteran

    Location:
    Somerset
    whichever feels right
     
  5. sayek1

    sayek1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I'd go for the Boardman
     
  6. RyanW

    RyanW The abominable Bikeman

    Location:
    Ashford, Kent
    The fuji is at the top of my list at the moment, unless a SH im after comes though.

    I should add its based on the look, the cannondale to me looks ugly, i dont know why but im not a fan of the speci, and the giant is too much
     
  7. darthpaul

    darthpaul Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Giant Defy is on my list to buy this year. My mate has one and loves his.
     
  8. Norm

    Norm Guest

    +1

    Which have you ridden?
     
  9. MichaelM

    MichaelM Veteran

    Location:
    Tayside
    Me too in that price range.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    gaz911

    gaz911 New Member

    I have just looked at the Boardmans, but Halfords had put me off, just cos its not a specialised bike shop.

    But it looks that the Comp (£699) bike has good spec with Shiamono 105 and then the team (£849) bike has sram. I also noticed the weight seems to be around 1kg lighter than the bikes I was looking at.

    Today I went to try the Cannondale and Trek, the shop I went to put me on a CAAD9 105 set and Trek Carbon, due to only sizes built for me Cannondale (58) Trek (60). I know I cant really compare as these were not the same bikes, but was feeling for comfort etc.

    Felt a little strectched on the Trek, but to be honest they both rode good. Well from my moutain bike, anything will feel good. So no really closer to a decision. How will I know its the right bike? Surely that takes many miles to find out, 5 mins down street didnt seem enough.

    I agree, the cannondale is not as pretty, but like the spec.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    gaz911

    gaz911 New Member

    Made my decision and picked up my Specialized Allez Elite 2010 today. (C2W scheme)

    Kitted it out with Computer, Pump, Bottle, Bag, Pedals, Shoes, Helmet & Lights.

    Rode home from work and felt brillant, good choice me thinks.

    Will put pedals on this weekend and have a play, no doubt will be falling off at lights a few times.

    Thumbs up to NWMBC in Stockport for thier help and discount :-)
     
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