Which bike for newbie

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Viren Mehta, 16 Aug 2012.

  1. Viren Mehta

    Viren Mehta New Member

    Hey guys - I'm new to the cycling scene and looking for my first bike. Budget around 650 - 750 (pushing it at this end). So far I've looked at Boardman road race and specialized allez, guess these are the most common from the sounds of it. What else is out there that is good at this price range.

    BTW I'm 6", 34" inside leg.

  2. Cyclist33

    Cyclist33 Guest

  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Or Giant Defy 2 if you can find one. There are options from Trek too as well as other makes potentially. Best thing is to have a look round your local shops, sit on a few, test ride a few. At that budget, I'd be looking for Tiagra gearing (so not Sora with the thumb button changer) or SRAM Apex

    Happy shopping :smile:
  4. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    The Allez is an out and out race bike with geometry to match. If your new to road bikes,get one with a more relaxed setup the handlrbars will be slightly higher meaning more comfortable.
    Boardman is good. Defy 2 is better imo
  5. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    Trek are also highly recommended.
    Although I have an Allez, and don't think you can go much wrong with that one.
  6. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Or you could buy a proper roadie and if you find it a bit hard going, flip the stem until you get used to it, then switch it back :tongue:
  7. Brad

    Brad Active Member

    I'm all for the Boardman, I don't feel you get enough bang for buck buying specialized as part of the cost is paying for the brand.
  8. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    Another vote for Boardman, they always get very good reviews, push comes to shove at this price your going to get a reasonable bike whatever the make so i would try a few and see what feels best and what offers the most kit for your money .
    If you do not mind a trip then decathlons £500 is very good for the money ..
    Or, if you know size you need ribble to some cracking deals..
  9. OP
    Viren Mehta

    Viren Mehta New Member

    Thanks guys, also just seen this http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-105-2012/ seems to have decent spec (shimano 105, carbon forks etc) What do you think?
  10. nick.b

    nick.b Well-Known Member

    st neots
    +1 for boardmans at the £600-750 mark, they just offer better components at that pricepoint, but i really dont like the new blue colour, they should have kept black, they looked awesome.
  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    Looks a good spec and wiggle do allow you to try the bike and send it back.You can pick up some good deals as the 2013 range will be out soon and most of the changes tend to be cosmetic .
    I actually liked the blue , i nearly went for the race but got the comp as it had better spec so i had to let the white "grow" on me .
  12. nick.b

    nick.b Well-Known Member

    st neots
    im not familier with those wheels or frame brand, maybe someone who is can comment on them,
  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

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