What Would You Say to This?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Octet, 5 Aug 2012.

  1. Octet

    Octet Über Member

    I am looking to trade in my old Shogun Cult Mountain Bike which I've out grown for my first road bike (considering we only have fine gravel cycle paths and roads here).
    I was originally looking at the Triban 3 which had received high praise on this forum but due to delivery restrictions (thanks to living in the Channel Islands... even though delivery is the same as the UK) I can't order from decathlon.co.ukI

    I have found another one on Amazon.co.uk and was wondering what you thought of it?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00518LD3O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A3OITWRDM9TOMM

    It's a nice offer, 22% off and free shipping instead of the £50 I would of had to pay for a courier.

    Do you think it is a good bicycle for going into road cycling?

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Can you get from Decathlon in France maybe?
     
  3. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    I'm not convinced on that Raleigh. Quite a nice, retro look though. 28mm tyres as stock seems a bit of an odd choice. Any chance of looking for something second hand, that's local? Saves on the p&p headache and gives the option of test riding first...
     
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  4. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

    Nope :sad:
    Living here is a pain, you either pay stupid amounts for shipping (made a mistake, it was £90 for the courier) or you cannot get it shipped.

    I am guessing the bike isn't the best (hence your avoidance?)
     
  5. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

    The local shops only stock road bikes starting at about £550 which is well out of my price range.
    And the papers only have children's bikes.
     
  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Entry level Raleighs aren't too much cop in truth, and that Giro is as basic as they come (steel fork, bog basic gearing). I'd save up a bit really :smile:
     
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  7. Nearly there

    Nearly there Über Member

    Location:
    Cumbria
    cycle to work scheme?
     
  8. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    It's a mish-mash of weirdness and they only have it in a 58. Are you a 58?
     
  9. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

    Woops, sorry... deleted the post...

    I have found someone offering a 'Specialised Secteur Triple' for £325 used on a local cycling club website. They posted it four months ago though, so I'm not sure if they have it still or whether they haven't updated the website.
    Shall give them a phone though, but that seems to be a better value for money then those ones?
     
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Most definitely IF it's the right size!

    If not, and Amazon works for you - I read a decent review of this is an old Cycling Active - got 80%+ score, not as good as the Triban by any stretch but worth considering

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=sports&field-keywords=Claud Butler Criterium&x=0&y=0

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-claud-butler-criterium-09-34867

    Lots of companies sell too, even in the Channel Isles http://www.falconcycles.co.uk/DealerList.php?c_id=84&Falcon_User=bc26865823a3105e8225fe087b8b3981
     
  11. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

    Just done some number crunching, I think I probably could increase my budget by a couple of hundred.
    I revised my original ones and realised I missed out about two birthdays worth of money that I had been saving in a jar... :blink:
     
  12. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

  13. RhythMick

    RhythMick Über Member

    Location:
    Barnsley
    can you get the boat to the mainland and then take it back ? Not sure of ticket prices
     
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    The Allez will have a fairly aggressive riding position but well bolted together for sure - I'd go for that over the Raleigh which has an alloy not carbon fork. It will however take a rack and guards more easily which may be important if going to be using for commuting (or going to college).

    Go have a looksie and a test ride :smile:
     
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  15. OP
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    Octet

    Octet Über Member

    It would cost about £60 to just go to the neighbouring islands... transport costs here are beyond unreasonable...
     
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