Simple question (yeah right) which bike?

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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.


Squat Member
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 ).


The abominable Bikeman
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


sayek1 said:
I'd go for the Boardman

Me too in that price range.


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.


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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